3/6/13

york road loop track

There are several hiking trails on and around Mt Taranaki in Egmont National Park. The trails have something for everyone from experienced hikers that can take days to some that take less than an hour and anything in between. We tend to lean toward the shorter walks that are considered easy since I have some physical problems that don't allow much more than that.

Some of the trails are just bush walks with no scenery or story behind them but some have very interesting beginnings, like the York Road Loop Track. Part  of the track follows an old railroad line to a stone crusher and a metal quarry. 

Apparently, some of the tracks were lifted out for WWII and sent to the Middle East. You can click here for more information on the railway.



The pipe brought in water from the river to turn water wheels to crush the gravel.



This bridge is built on pylons that one held the railroad track to the crusher and there are bits and pieces of wood and spikes here and there, if you know what you are looking at.

This track could be just a Sunday afternoon stroll or you can take 3 hours for the whole loop. One day, we might just make the whole three hour trek.


7 comments:

ladyfi said...

What lovely shots of the track and how fascinating too...

Dana said...

Looks like a great place to walk. I'm fascinated by the history. I hope you're able to do the three-hour trek sometime. I'd like to see more. ☺

Happy Tuesday.

Gary said...

Interesting review. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Fun60 said...

That looks like a really interesting walk. Thanks for sharing.

Kirsten said...

I love these! Man's history and nature living together... Beautiful! :-)

eileeninmd said...

I enjoy hiking in national parks. Whether historical or just for the scenery, there is always something to see. Great shots, thanks for sharing!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely place! Beautiful short walks with the longer jaunt as a goal! Perfect.