I want to share with you some of the benefits of walking exercise that we enjoyed today. We had looked up online to discover where the walking tracks were around Launceston, Tasmania. We’ve been for many drives but have been noticing a lack of walking exercise. We were about to remedy that.
First a couple of maps…
We started with this one which is right near the city – a lovely place to start. It’s called the River Edge Trail quite appropriately and if you follow the blue dotted line, that’s the walk we took today.
As you can see the track we chose averages out at just over an hour’s walking. It was all basically flat so we tried to keep a reasonable pace… problem was that I was wanting to stop regularly for photos! Oh well.
At this time of year (March) the mornings here often start off overcast. Give it a few hours though and the sun burns the clouds away to a hot and beautiful day. Starting off early while it was still cool, it was a perfect day for a walk. Not too hot and not too cold!
The Tamar River estuary is 70 kilometres long and is Australia’s longest navigable estuary. It drains approximately 15% of Tasmania’s land mass and is really quite beautiful.
River Edge Trail
Cataract Gorge, a very popular tourist destination, is right beside the city. In this photo, the city is basically to the left and behind us. Here we are looking across to King’s Bridge, although it’s a little hidden by the newer bridge in front. If you look carefully, you can see some of it’s fancy work below the new bridge. Both the bridges service two different roads but run side by side to span the South Esk River where it enters into the Tamar River Estuary.
A little map to show how the South and North Esk Rivers join the Tamar River Estuary at almost the same spot although they flow from opposite directions.
The track starts off with a lovely boardwalk right beside the river. The tide is well on its way out.
Lots of helpful and very interesting information is posted along the way. I was excited to learn that sea horses actually live in the water here. How cool is that!
About a week or so ago, a Fur Seal was found flipping about a supermarket car park. Only saw it on the news…wish I could have seen it in the real.
Now we’ve rounded the bend and have begun walking up the North Esk River.
From that same point as you look across to the other side, this is the entry of the Esk into the Tamar. Standing tall and proud are these oil silos still in very good condition.
(25/3/2018) These silos are currently being converted into a large hotel! It will be interesting to see the results once they have finished and the cranes have been taken away.
Continue on the boardwalk towards Peppers Hotel and a small marina. Behind the hotel, hidden by the cloud, is Mt Burrow which is an absolute delight when it gets a covering of snow sometimes in the winter.
The whole estuary is very effected by the tides. This floating marina will rise and fall about 3 metres as the tides fluctuate. It means the scenery completely changes every 6 hours. There are a number of interesting restaurants, cafe’s and shops along the way.
City Levee Trail
We crossed the busy street and continued along the levee bank of the North Esk River. This levee was built to protect the city from devastating floods. Back in 1929 they had the “flood of all floods” and it caused them to understand the need. Twenty two people were killed, 40 injured and 2,000 buildings were damaged or washed away.
As you can imagine, two rivers servicing mountains from both the left and the right of the city, converging into the Tamar River Estuary at virtually the same spot; add to that a high tide, and we’ve got Trouble with a capital T.
We walked past the delightful Custom House to the right…
Looking left across the river to a building built in 1888. We were admiring the work on it, thinking of how plain it would be without it. They certainly did things fancy back then.
Crossing another bridge, I took this mainly to show what it looks like when the tide is out. There are a couple of black swans enjoying a snooze by the water’s edge.
Now I could take a close up as we passed the fancy building.
Back again to the marina by crossing another bridge, we were surprised by how much the tide had gone down in the time it took for us to return to the marina. These boats are now sitting firm in the mud… they ain’t going nowhere until the tide returns.
Here we are coming back towards our starting point, looking down the river towards the Cataract Gorge. What was nearly all water before is now just mud flats with the river flowing through the middle of it.
Looking across the river to the boats sitting in the mud awaiting the turn of the tide.
Benefits of Walking Exercise – the perfect exercise
Today we combined two walks… the River Edge Trail and the City Levee Trail, both quite small in their own right but together gave us a good hour or walking at a relatively good pace. We thoroughly enjoyed it as we saw lovely scenery and learned a few things along the way. Sea Horses in the river for example!
There are many ways we can exercise without it incurring any costs whatsoever. It’s great to think we can do most of it from home. For some great ideas read Exercise Ideas from Home.
But let’s face it, we don’t want to be stuck at home all the time, do we? It’s important that you find out where the walks are around the area you live in and then go discover them. Your doggie will thank you for a walk, or you could go with a friend. Take your spouse… or go alone. It’s a wonderful time to quietly reflect.
Please tell me about what you do for exercise. I’d love to hear as it helps to complete us when ideas are thrown around. Leave a comment down below… thanks.
A walk like this will help your body to work better; you’ll feel better, and generally sleep comes with more ease. Gentle exercise done consistently will help you to lose a little weight, and keep your joints in good order. The benefits of walking exercise are numerous and it’s lovely to know you really don’t have to pound the pavements to receive those benefits. Yay!