Throughout my project to walk from the mouth to the source of the Derwent River, I have been urging readers to walk some or all of the stages I have undertaken just for the pleasure of it. But I cannot do so for Stage 15. I cannot recommend that you follow in my footsteps and take this walk from New Norfolk to Gretna. I cannot suggest you walk on private property without permission. I cannot encourage you to walk on the narrow roads with speeding drivers where no pedestrian access has been provided.
I am so sorry to say that, if some of my recent posts inspired you to put on your walking boots and tackle the roads and paths and tracks, you must take them off. I must only recommend you access a car and drive the road route for Stage 15. It will mean you will miss out on seeing the black velvet ears of cattle in the moonlight, hearing the river ripping along towards Hobart, meeting those who move cattle or wheelie bins, and enjoying the smell of fresh air. It will mean you will pass some of my favoured finds so quickly that, in a blink, you miss them altogether. However, you may not grind your teeth in frustration that access to the Derwent River is denied you so often, you may not get run over, and you may not be shot by a gun toting land owner.
Oh, think of the adventures you’ve had! Really – you must turn this into a book when you are done 🙂
I feel sure that’s the way to go. But the book writing seems a world away – more adventures to be had still.
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Even though you don’t recommend others walking this section, it is well worth driving, slowly and stopping along the way to explore. The Text Kiln at Bushey Park is delightful, in a peaceful setting amongst the hop fields.