I continued on from Atherfield House and, after passing the Glenfern Rd turn off, I walked westwards until a clearing gave me unexpected access to the river and a full view of a heavy building on the other side. I have not been able to determine the function of this stand-alone structure, however I suspect the building somehow connects with structures soon encountered on my side of the river further along.
On the non-river side of the road some acres had been circled with high protective fences.
This was Bryn Estyn, a Water Treatment Plant.
I wondered if I was dreaming; were the two golden projections on top of the building simulated sheep?
Fences and limited or non-existent river access were the most memorable features of my walk. A good example of these barriers is shown below.
In the photo above you can see the Lyell Highway on the other side of the river. This road sits close to the river for many kilometres then turns inland away as it wends its way to Tasmania’s west coast towns of Queenstown, Strahan, Zeehan and Rosebery – via Derwent Bridge at Lake St Clair.
Before I had walked 3 kilometres west from New Norfolk, I was pleasantly surprised to pass a beautiful 19th century grand country house. Photos of the Atherfield House wearing a coat of an inauthentic pink can be seen at http://www.atherfield.com/ and I am delighted to show you the house with its current more sympathetic colour.
Last week the deciduous trees on this property were yet to flourish with flower and leaf, but the spring bulbs splashed colour in dotty clumps.
The history of the house has been summarised at http://www.atherfield.com/history.shtml. It seems that this building started its life in the early 1800s as the Help Me On Inn which later was named the Ark Inn. Over the early decades, when convicts were transported inland they were housed overnight in one of two stone cells still existing beneath the house.
Immediately next to Atherfield House I spotted a paddock containing grazing alpacas.
View Atherfield Alpacas for more of these soft gentle-appearing animals. The Atherfield House and property sits next to the main road over which lies a slip of vegetation then the river. I wonder if the alpacas enjoyed their view of the fast flowing Derwent River as much as I did.