RAVE RUN

Runner's World South Africa - - Contents - Pho­to­graphs by… Toby Mur­phy Run­ner, & words by… Piers Stephen­son

GPS Lo­ca­tion

34°07’08.00”S 18°27’33.00”E

Grad­ing

All lev­els.

Du­ra­tion

Straight up to the top and back down again takes be­tween 40 and 60 min­utes. But as you me­an­der from peak to peak, it’s easy to lose track of time.

Best Time To Run

Dur­ing sum­mer, catch the sun ris­ing over False Bay. Pre­pare for four sea­sons in one day: coolth, sti­fling heat, howl­ing winds and cold mist. You’ll need to carry wa­ter dur­ing sum­mer; an­noy­ingly, wa­ter is more abun­dant dur­ing win­ter, when it’s cooler. Ter­rain A web of trails that of­fer va­ri­ety and suit any mood in­ter­con­nects the moun­tains, and their name­sake sub­urbs be­low. Trickle up, then scam­per down steady Ou Kraal, hike Farmer Peck’s, scram­ble up Bai­ley’s rocky steps, and then trail-surf the sandy plateau loops be­tween the peaks.

Spec­tac­u­lar vis­tas em­pha­sise Cape Town’s unique di­ver­sity. Lichen thrives in the clean air of an­cient milk­wood and yel­low­wood tree canopies, and wooden walk­ways pro­tect the Spes Bona for­est. The only sounds you’ll hear are trick­ling wa­ter, and the oc­ca­sional train wheel clack­ing on the tracks be­low. Sharks can be spot­ted at the world-renowned Surfer’s

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