Table Mountain Hikes


by Bryan Chitty

I have just purchased a new pair of hiking boots so have to try them out right away. A very nice short hike 8 kms starts at car park at Pine Ravine. Walk along the Tafelberg Road its a nice walk now that the road is closed because of rock slides. After passing what was the pond on the right hand, it is no longer, it was 17 metre deep but after the rains it has been completely filled with rocks washed down by the flooding waterfall. The second pond has not been affected. Walking on uphill passed the gum trees with the bench next to them. We arrive at a footpath on the right leading up hill, below the peak Oppelskop Ridge we are now on the Lower Traverse. An easy path takes us below the Woodstock Cave. The wild flowers now started to show up its going to be a good flower season this year. However the seasonal waterfalls have taken a bit of a battering with the rains this season and the path has been partially blocked where they cross the streams. Oxalis and Morea plants are in full flower show off their magnificent colours look but don’t

Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Path up to middle traverse

pick!
Looking down towards the harbour you will see the old cannons and further along the ruins of the Queen’s Blockhouse. The Queens Block House will remain a ruin but should be preserved as part of the Military History Trail which would be created to link the sites. Strangely it was probably the most impressive of the three block houses but the ravages of time have left it in ruins for more than a century. Road access to the site is very difficult and it is unlikely that services could ever be supplied to the site.
Below the blockhouse lies the shooting range and the Devil’s Peak Forest Station. Next to the forest station is the Price Of Wales Blockhouse.
We are now walking beneath Minor Peak and passed Woodstock Cave after ten minutes we arrive at our destination the Kings Blockhouse. The King’s Blockhouse is on the highest point of the ridge, just below the rocks of Devil’s Peak. It is an eight-metre stone tower with gun embrasures on the top it was built around 1780. Fifteen metres down the slope are two old cannon standing next to a stone wall- all that remains of a cottage. This cottage

Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Rockfalls into Pine Ridge Waterfall

was built for Frank Jarman, the first forester stationed on the mountain in 1893.
A short rest and we can return along the way we came, altouh it is possible to take the lower path below the Woodstock Cave and thence onto the Tafleberg Road.
A very nice afternoon walk which is not too strenuous.


Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Morea collina Tulp these flowers only flower after a fire
Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Oxalis pes-caprea Geelsuing
Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Oxalis purpurea Grand Duchess sorrel
Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Moraea collina Tulp on rocky ledge
Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Seasonal waterfall below Woodstock Cave
Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Moraea orchroleuca Aas-uintjie with Bee
Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Rockfall from waterfall below Manor Peak
Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Hikes to the blockhouse Table Mountain
Waterfall and rockfall at 12 o’clock hole. This hole was 17 metre deep
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