Ram­bling in Ruffy

The Tatura Guardian - - News - — Peter Howard

Stormy weather forecast for May 27 did not di­min­ish the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the Shep­par­ton Ad­ven­ture Club mid-week walk­ers who had three ve­hi­cles loaded with hardy folk, their rain gear and day packs.

En­dors­ing the pop­u­lar­ity of SAC walks in the Strath­bo­gie Ranges, 14 mem­bers were keen to again visit this strik­ingly beau­ti­ful re­gion that forms the head­wa­ters of Hughes Creek, a Goul­burn River trib­u­tary.

The trip leader Howard Hanna had ar­ranged for land­hold­ers Jus­tus and Neil to be walk guides for the day, meet­ing the group at the for­mer Ruffy Pri­mary School for a wel­com­ing morn­ing tea.

The group was also joined by two lo­cal ladies keen to ad­ven­ture with us.

Long-term res­i­dents and Strath­bo­gie devo­tees Jus­tus and Neil shared their lo­cal knowl­edge of cur­rent go­ings on and history of this spec­tac­u­lar yet lit­tle-known area of cen­tral Vic­to­ria with pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm.

The walk took us from Dono­van’s Lane across lush pad­docks past in­ter­ested cat­tle and down along Hughes Creek for a few kilo­me­tres to our lunch spot on a large gran­ite plat­form deep in a se­cluded part of the val­ley.

Af­ter brief light driz­zle, the storm threat quickly passed to re­veal clear skies which re­mained for the rest of the day.

A creek cross­ing on fallen log ‘bridges’ gave some walk­ers a cou­ple of ner­vous mo­ments.

This pro­vided the rest of the watch­ing group en­ter­tain­ment wait­ing for a slip into the cold clear wa­ters; they were dis­ap­pointed as all re­mained smil­ing and dry.

Fol­low­ing our creek cross­ing ad­ven­ture the group split into two par­ties, one group fol­low­ing the small me­an­der­ing creek along the val­ley floor, while a larger group climbed high up to the ridge line.

Those in the val­ley ex­pe­ri­enced some ex­cit­ing and wet creek cross­ings.

The group who climbed to the ridge were re­warded with spec­tac­u­lar views across the re­gion from the gran­ite out­crops.

The SAC walk­ers and our friendly guides met in the val­ley end near Tar­combe to con­clude the hike, with all agree­ing we had ex­pe­ri­enced an en­joy­able day. All vowed to re­turn.

The Shep­par­ton Ad­ven­ture Club would like to thank guides, Ruf­fi­ans Jus­tus and Neil for ded­i­cat­ing their day to our group and the pri­vate land­hold­ers who al­lowed walk­ers ac­cess to this beau­ti­ful part of Vic­to­ria.

Thanks to Howard for ar­rang­ing another suc­cess­ful ‘Ruffy Ram­ble’.

Walk­ers were: Kerry and Graeme Betts, Bar­bara Brown, Marg Pur­cell, Valda Dick­ens, Ch­eryl Tyn­dall, Kathryn Jen­nings, Marg Clarke, Len Tay­lor, Richard Graves, Dianne and Howard Hanna, Carol and Peter Howard.

Peak: Club mem­bers are on top of the world’ in the Strath­bo­gies.

Pic­tures: Peter Howard

Bush walk: Shep­par­ton Ad­ven­ture Club mem­bers head to­wards a creek cross­ing in the Strath­bo­gie Ranges.

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