Fine views on offer
Members of the Shepparton Adventure Club set off for Ruffy recently with the promise of another off-the-beaten-track walk in the area planned by Justus Hagan.
The group of 10 met with Mr Hagan at the Ruffy Community Centre and after a relaxed morning tea crossed onto private property — thanks to David and Susan Sleigh — to begin a walk along Hughes Creek.
A vantage point as we began offered fine views to remnants of some of the district’s historic properties, including Dropmore and Habbies Howe.
The group scrambled and rock hopped from one side of this impressive gorge to the other, navigating around water holes, along rocky ledges and over and under tree trunks and other vegetation.
Along the way, one intrepid walker accepted the challenge of ‘‘summiting’’ a tall, steep-sided boulder and succeeded, with just a little shove at the start to get him going.
This triumph was, however, well and truly trumped a little later when four walkers provided a spectacular acrobatic display with full water immersion — four wellexecuted tumbles with a high degree of difficulty.
After the cool of the gorge this last bit was more exposed and a strong westerly kept the group hanging on to their hats.
The walkers said they were grateful to Justus for his extensive knowledge along the eight kilometre walk that took just over four hours.
Thanks also to Howard Hanna for organising and putting this walk on the calendar.
Exploring: The Shepparton Adventure Club recently headed to Ruffy to explore Hughes Creek and the Strathbogies. Picture: Marg Clarke