Every so often you find an absolute gem of a trail run, and the newly launched Fynbos Trail, through the Walker Bay Conservancy is just that. If you have ever driven down the R43 between the Overberg dorpies of Stanford and Gansbaai you most likely have no inkling of the treasures hidden in the hills to your left. For the first time runners have the opportunity to run this magnificent 30 km route (or one of two shorter routes) as part of the Funky Fynbos Festival. The route meanders through hidden pockets of indigenous forest alive with birds, to Tolkeinesque dells of dense lichens, tumbling waterfalls and streams and, you guessed it, through exquisite fynbos.
For the hard core trail runner there is the tough 30km route, usually hiked over three days. The run includes four relatively stiff climbs spread out along the route and runners will be treated to spectacular views from the summits of Swartkransberg, Pinnacle Peak, Grootberg and Windheuwel. The route includes plenty of custom made single track trail running including wooden board walks and ladders down to the Witvoetskloof waterfall and Stinkhoutsbos Forest on Flower Valley. The combination of spectacular Fynbos with fields of pincushions and proteas, shady forests, secret valleys and waterfall as well as the magnificent views along the route make this a must do for avid trail runners. The 12 km route takes runners through the beautiful Flower valley, up over Windheuwel Peak with spectacular 3600 views of mountain and sea and then down through the Lomond vineyards back to the start/finish at Flower Valley.
There will also be a relatively flat 6 km circular route into Flower Valley.
Last update on this event: 05/05/2016
Event added: 20/05/2014