Dalmeny Narooma Bushwalkers weeding not walking at Shell Point Ringlands Walk

Dalmeny Narooma bushwalkers chose weeding over walking on Thursday and took part in their annual clean up of Shell Point at the east end of the Ringlands Walk with the help of Eurobodalla Shire Council Landcare coordinator, Emma Patyus.

Dalmeny Narooma bushwalkers Steve Deck, Cindy Chipchase, Sharon Pearson, Jo Jean-Mairet, Michael Mc Donagh, Maggie Finch and Emma Patyus. Kneeling Lesley Whittington and Michael Keenan.

Dalmeny Narooma bushwalkers Steve Deck, Cindy Chipchase, Sharon Pearson, Jo Jean-Mairet, Michael Mc Donagh, Maggie Finch and Emma Patyus. Kneeling Lesley Whittington and Michael Keenan.

Ten walkers met Ms Patyus and after gathering gloves, bags and information they set off to do some weeding.

"The first bit of track was fine, one lantana and some little lantana's were quickly dealt with, then they hit the 'mother of millions' and the pulling began," walk leader Jan Thomas said.

"There was also some asparagus weed and cape ivy and everyone was pleasantly surprised by the lovely tall grasses, salt bush, and natives at Shell Point," she said.

After about 40 minutes, the weeders had morning tea, sheltered from the n/w winds before getting back to the weeding.

"After another hour, backs started to ache, 20 bags were filled, and with the clouds moving in, everyone decided to call it a day and head back to the cars," Ms Thomas said.

Ms Patyus was thanked by the walkers, saying they had learnt a thing or two about the vegetation on the Ringlands Track saying they would like to go back later in the year and do a bit more.

Saturday was a beautiful winters day with no wind when 12 walkers met up at Noble Park and headed out to Cobra Mountain, about 30 minutes drive west of Narooma.

Dalmeny Narooma bushwalkers Bubba Indian, Donna Garten, Shez Cooper, Graham Small, Davey McMillan, Jo Jean-Mairet, Gail Drury, Rob Lees, Margaret Moran and Barry Keeley on the Mt Long walk.

Dalmeny Narooma bushwalkers Bubba Indian, Donna Garten, Shez Cooper, Graham Small, Davey McMillan, Jo Jean-Mairet, Gail Drury, Rob Lees, Margaret Moran and Barry Keeley on the Mt Long walk.

Walk leader Jan Thomas said the bushwalkers started well, heading down Mt Long Road, a bush track almost overgrown with new vegetation after the bushfires.

"After about 1km we found an old car wreck, then an old bee hive area, and to the right a cage where 'something' was grown before the fires," Ms Thomas said.

The walkers proceeded along towards a forestry trail where they had morning tea and then things got a bit harder.

"We were bush bashing down a trail and the bush kept leading us south, and we needed to go east, with more and more vegetation logs, holes, rocks; but we kept going and came to a gully, eventually, climbing out of there, to an old mining area.

Walk leaders Amanda and Jan decided to head back up to Mt Long which would be easier instead of more bush bashing down to the creek.

The walkers had lunch when they reached the top and decided to do the Mt Misery trail for the views before making their way back to the cars.

"It was a short but hard 7km, however we all arrived back safely with a grin on our faces," Ms Thomas said.

Dalmeny Narooma bushwalkers thanked walk leaders Amanda and Jan for taking the walkers to the little known walked area.

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