He doesn’t trust me anymore. Each time I see a quizzical look that seems to ask “Really?” I’ve done it too many times, and now he just doesn’t believe me.
Dan, my partner is many great things, but a hiking enthusiast he is not. Going for a short easy walk is a chore. Once he is out he loves it. We both do. But it is not the first thing that comes to his mind in the morning as the light is still inching its way above the horizon. Breakfast and coffee probably are.
But as time has gone on here in the Blue Mountains he has come to realise that to see much of the natural and awe-inspiring beauty that this area is blessed with, he needs to get out and walk.
What happened to trust?
So, the trust thing?
Well, let’s just say that I had been getting him out of the house for walks telling him it would just be a “short walk” and “Let’s just see where it goes. We can turn back anytime we like.”
And that’s what happened on this walk from Govetts Leap Lookout to the top of Bridal Veil Falls. He was happy when the sign said 15 minutes. I could see his mind ticking over, half an hour and we can be on our way to the café for a coffee and cake.
You will need more than 15 minutes
Dan has finally worked out that’s not how things work here in the mountains. Yes, I guess it would be 15 minutes if it was flat. And it probably was 15 minutes, maybe 20, to get to the lookout. But as my favourite saying for the mountains goes “What goes down, must come back up”. And boy, did we have to come back up.
It was a beautiful walk along the edge of the cliff, catching glimpses of the cliff face on the opposite side of the vast canyon. We cooled ourselves by splashing water from a creek before we realised we were at the top of the Bridal Veil Falls.
Reaching Barrow Lookout, the views were incredible.
I am terrified of heights and was unable to go to the railing as there was a sheer drop. My photo of the falls is poor because I just couldn’t make myself look over the railing.
We rested, took photos, and then sat for what seemed like ages absorbing the view. To the left was the Hanging Gardens, a sheer vertical wall covered with vegetation. Further, around the cliff, you can just make out Govetts Leap Lookout. And then the views of the Grose Valley…
What can I say? It renders me speechless (unusual for me I am told).
Govetts Leap is by far my favourite place in the mountains.
I know it sounds silly, but I get emotional every time. And this walk gives another fantastic perspective of the canyon.
The light in the morning was beautiful, but we had left it a little late, around 9.30 am, and it was already warm. We forgot to take water, hats and sunscreen. Not very clever.
The Return Trip
Let’s just say by the time we got back to the car we look like drowned rats, soaked in perspiration (yuk!), and reasonably convinced we were having heart attacks. Instead of going to the café we went home and dived in a cool shower and then collapsed on the lounge.
I keep saying it, but I really need to get fit!! I attended a Camino Festival last week, and one of the speakers said if you can do a 15 km hike in the mountains then 25 km on the Camino should be a breeze!
Ok, she didn’t say breeze, but at least it would be doable.
And let’s not even talk about the Grand Canyon Walk on embarked on with my daughter. That my friends is a story for another day.
To get to Bridal Veil Falls simply follow the path on the right-hand side leading from Govetts Leap Lookout. You can choose to keep going onto Evans Lookout. To the left of Govetts Leap, you can do the Popes Glen Walk and Pulpit Rock Walk.
Maybe we will attempt that one day.
When we are fitter.
And Dan has forgiven me.
Enjoy the photos
A gorgeous day for a walk. From Govetts Leap Lookout
And looking over to where we are going. See the lookout jutting out to the left of the waterfall?
Bridal Veil Falls. Only 15 minutes!
The track looks flat
Stunning views of the Grose Valley
Getting closer. You can see the lookout through the trees.
Dan heading down the path. Remember what goes down must come up!
The top of Bridal Veil Falls.
Made it! At Barrow Lookout.
The best photo of the falls I could get. Bit hard when you can’t stand near the edge!
The vertical Hanging Gardens. Look how sheer that cliff is!
Views looking back to Govetts Leap Lookout. See that tree sticking out on its own on the left-hand side?
View from Barrow Lookout of the Grose Valley.
If only these were the only stairs we had to climb!!!
We made it!