Govetts Leap to Bridal Veil Falls Walk, Blue Mountains

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.

 

A 15 minute walk from Govetts Leap Lookout to the top of Bridal Veil Falls and up to Barrow Lookout. Stunning views of the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains.

 

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 ourselvesby splashing water from a creek before we realised we were at the top of the Bridal Veil Falls.

 

Barrow Lookout

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

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 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 15 minute walk from Govetts Leap Lookout to the top of Bridal Veil Falls and up to Barrow Lookout. Stunning views of the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains.A gorgeous day for a walk. From Govetts Leap Lookout

 

A 15 minute walk from Govetts Leap Lookout to the top of Bridal Veil Falls and up to Barrow Lookout. Stunning views of the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains.And looking over to where we are going. See the lookout jutting out to the left of the waterfall?

 

A 15 minute walk from Govetts Leap Lookout to the top of Bridal Veil Falls and up to Barrow Lookout. Stunning views of the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains.Bridal Veil Falls. Only 15 minutes!

 

A 15 minute walk from Govetts Leap Lookout to the top of Bridal Veil Falls and up to Barrow Lookout. Stunning views of the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains.The track looks flat

 

A 15 minute walk from Govetts Leap Lookout to the top of Bridal Veil Falls and up to Barrow Lookout. Stunning views of the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains.Stunning views of the Grose Valley

 

A 15 minute walk from Govetts Leap Lookout to the top of Bridal Veil Falls and up to Barrow Lookout. Stunning views of the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains.

 

 

A 15 minute walk from Govetts Leap Lookout to the top of Bridal Veil Falls and up to Barrow Lookout. Stunning views of the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains.Getting closer. You can see the lookout through the trees.

 

A 15 minute walk from Govetts Leap Lookout to the top of Bridal Veil Falls and up to Barrow Lookout. Stunning views of the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains.Dan heading down the path. Remember what goes down must come up!

 

A 15 minute walk from Govetts Leap Lookout to the top of Bridal Veil Falls and up to Barrow Lookout. Stunning views of the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains.The top of Bridal Veil Falls.

 

A 15 minute walk from Govetts Leap Lookout to the top of Bridal Veil Falls and up to Barrow Lookout. Stunning views of the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains.Made it! At Barrow Lookout.

 

A 15 minute walk from Govetts Leap Lookout to the top of Bridal Veil Falls and up to Barrow Lookout. Stunning views of the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains.The best photo of the falls I could get. Bit hard when you can’t stand near the edge!

 

A 15 minute walk from Govetts Leap Lookout to the top of Bridal Veil Falls and up to Barrow Lookout. Stunning views of the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains.The vertical Hanging Gardens. Look how sheer that cliff is!

 

A 15 minute walk from Govetts Leap Lookout to the top of Bridal Veil Falls and up to Barrow Lookout. Stunning views of the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains.Views looking back to Govetts Leap Lookout. See that tree sticking out on its own on the left-hand side?

 

A 15 minute walk from Govetts Leap Lookout to the top of Bridal Veil Falls and up to Barrow Lookout. Stunning views of the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains.View from Barrow Lookout of the Grose Valley.

 

A 15 minute walk from Govetts Leap Lookout to the top of Bridal Veil Falls and up to Barrow Lookout. Stunning views of the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains.If only these were the only stairs we had to climb!!!

 

A 15 minute walk from Govetts Leap Lookout to the top of Bridal Veil Falls and up to Barrow Lookout. Stunning views of the Grose Valley, Blue Mountains.We made it!

 

 

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