Tramping the St James Walkway...
Day three and four of my trip around the St James Walkway took me up the Anne River valley to Anne Saddle, then down the Boyle River valley to the outdoor education centre at Boyle Village.
Day Three:St James Walkway, Anne Hut to Boyle Flat Hut (17.5 km's)
|Dawn at Anne Hut on day three|
|St James Walkway: setting out towards Anne River bridge|
|View back towards Anne Hut from the St James Walkway:|
|St James Walkway: Anne River from first bridge|
The smaller 2, 4 and 6 bunk huts in this area existed before the St James Walkway was built and would have been quite difficult to access. The tracks would not have existed only unmarked routes up the rivers, probably rough travel if you didn't know where you were going.
From the hut the St James continues up the true left of the river for awhile.
|Anne Cullers Hut in 2013|
Nice easy track up the Anne River valley for the first couple of hours, the track is mostly on river terraces with the occasional climb over intervening ridge lines.
|St James Walkway: Track up Anne Valley|
|View towards head of Anne River on the St James Walkway|
|St James Walkway: one of the ridges that must be climbed over|
|Last river flat before climb to Anne Saddle, St James Walkway|
|Start of climb to Anne Saddle|
|Anne Saddle in middle of photo|
|St James Walkway: DOC Anne Saddle sign|
|St James Walkway: Anne Saddle in centre of photo|
|St James Walkway: nearing Anne Saddle|
Honestly, this is one of the easiest saddles I have ever walked over, bar Ada Pass!
|Anne Saddle approaching the crest of the saddle|
|St James Walkway: Anne Saddle (1136 metres)|
|Jon at Anne Saddle on the St James Walkway|
Take care through here!
|Steep descent into Boyle River Valley on the St James Walkway|
|Upper Boyle River valley...nice camping potential!|
|River flats in Upper Boyle Valley from the St James Walkway|
St James Walkway: approaching Rokeby Hut
|Rokeby Hut in its bush surrounds|
|Ye olde dogge hawse...behind Rokeby Hut|
|Interior of Rokeby hut, St James Walkway|
|Boyle Flat Hut, St James Walkway|
|Approach to water source for Boyle Flat Hut|
|Unnamed side stream near Boyle Flat Hut|
Day Four: St James Walkway, Boyle Flat Hut to Boyle Outdoor Education Centre (BOEC) (14.5 km's)
|Boyle Flat Hut on the St James Walkway|
|Track between Boyle Flat and first swing-bridge|
|Lush track side growth, Boyle Flat track|
|St James Walkway: Boyle River view south|
|St James Walkway: the stile just before Boyle swing-bridge|
|Swing-bridge over Boyle River|
|Nice dry conditions on the St James Walkway|
|St James Walkway: near St Andrews flats|
|St James Walkway: half way to Boyle Village|
I love catching my first view of the lower Boyle swing bridge, it means you are nearly home. Only the last fairly easy walk out to the road end left.
|St James Walkway: lower Boyle swing bridge...beautiful sight!|