Sep 18 2013

Mornington Ramble

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18/9/2013.Hikers. From Unity Park north. Leaders: Lance and Lois.

GPS of part only of route

GPS of part-only of route. Started late and battery ran out.

Wednesday’s walk for the hikers was a street walk led by Lance and Lois Woodfield. The day was sunny and there was no wind.

Fifteen of us met at Unity Park near the top of Eglington Road. The statue of Admiral Bryd [1888-1957] is positioned facing the Antarctic. Byrd was a famous American explorer. His statue caused a lot of letters to the editor at the Otago Daily Times when it was first mooted as it has its back  to the city.

We wandered our way north thru the streets around the town belt.

Lance and Lois were very informative about the historic houses in the area, some Victorian in style, others Edwardian. [Edit note: Others again detached terrace houses, with windowless brick walls on either side. Just English transplants.]

At one point we came to the Arts and Craft house designed by Basil Hooper [1876-1960], a famous architect who designed more
than 80 houses. Features were curved gutter brackets, coloured leadlight windows and sweeping roofs.

The day got very warm so everyone was pleased to stop at Olveston for lunch. Did you know that the public can access the grounds free to look at gardens and the garage where the Theomins’ 1921 Fiat 510 Tourer is housed in a glass case? The Edwardian Olveston was gifted to the city by the Theomins as a treasure of bygone days.

Neil Buckley was very knowledgeable on the early cable cars and trams. He pointed out where they ran.

So we carried on up and down quite a lot of steps and lanes  in this old part of the city. Adam Street has some 1890 houses, all fully restored. My grandmother lived at No. 8 in the 1900s.

We did have a good  day.  We walked approx. 8.9 kms.

Some of us went to Flax in Caversham for coffee afterwards. – Elaine.

17/9/2008 Hikers. Mornington Ramble Leaders: Bev H, Bev M

Eighteen hikers, including a German Rotary Exchange student, Hanne, who was taking the opportunity to see another part of her host city, set off from Lookout Point on a morning where walking anywhere would be pure pleasure. It was a glorious spring day, reflected in the many beautiful gardens we passed where spring blooms were in full flower. Bev led us down several quiet little side roads where many of us had never been before. From a number of places there were extensive views over the city and ocean. The mix of older style houses with modern ones was interesting in what is surely one of the most attractive residential areas in the city. We partook of a little local history, viewing the home of A. H. Reed and the old tram building. At lunchtime we basked in the sun at Mornington Park before the return journey. Altogether it was a very pleasant morning out. – Bev.



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