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Take a walk in the moonlight

Friday, 15th November, 2013

There’s always time to boil the billy with the Barrier Rangers. There’s always time to boil the billy with the Barrier Rangers.

By Craig Brealey

Fancy a walk by the lake on a moonlit night?

Then you had better wear sturdy boots, bring water and pack a snack to keep your energy levels up because this romantic proposition is being offered to one and all by the Barrier Rangers bushwalking club.

Tomorrow night the club will conduct a walk from the edge of town, past Imperial Lake, up Round Hill and back again - all by the light of a full moon.

On the way you will pass through the ruins of a village called Taltingan, which is about as old as Broken Hill itself. Taltingan, home to about 400 souls, had mines but the pickings were slim and eventually they drifted into the Silver City.  

The Barrier Rangers’ Anne Leorke will be the guide on the walk which she described as a chance to experience the bush and the city in a whole new light.

“Not many people have walked up Round Hill and when we get to the top we’ll boil the billy and you will be able to look back over Broken Hill at night.

“It’s quite a view but it could be a windy and it might get cool so it’s a good idea to bring something warm to wear.”

The full moon is usually bright enough to walk by, said Ms Leorke, but pack a torch just in case.

Walkers will meet at 7.30pm and drive to Brady Street for an eight o’clock start. The trek should take about three hours but you skip a bit of it if you like.

“There’s couple of places where you can leave a bit earlier without me worrying about you getting lost!” Ms Leorke said.

The Barrier Rangers’ monthly walks have attracted good numbers this year, thanks in no small part to their popularity among young families with children.

If you would like to join them tomorrow night, call Anne Leorke on 0414 839 646.

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