The CVC rangers together with Lothar Vogl have started the New Year off with a big clean up. They’ve already carted away a mountain of rubbish from the view site at the entrance to Clarens on the Bethlehem Road, (Nauupoort Nek) and there are plans to cut the grass, refurbish the sign and generally make the village proud – and a lot more welcoming! Sadly, the work of keeping the village litter-free is on-going, as the illegal dumping of rubbish in and around the village continues to be a problem. And, as if the rangers don’t already have enough to do, they also have to contend with idiots who deface, tamper with, and even remove the newly painted signs on the trails. Oh well, I’m sure they’ll come up with an idiot-proof solution, but it must get very disheartening at times, especially when so much effort is put into maintaining and improving the trails.
Regular users of the Spruit Trail will have noticed the new bridges and are probably already using them. Lothar (who is helping out with the day-to-day running of the Clarens Village Nature Reserve) has however informed me that this project is still incomplete, and there is still much work to be done: low hanging branches and shrub growth as well as rubble at litter at the entry/access points to the trail is still to be cleared and steps as well as erosion control installations will be put in place at the steeper ends of the path approaching the bridge.
The Spruit Walk is a must-do for anyone looking for peace and tranquility. It’s an easy walk – now made even easier – and is easy to access from Lake Clarens Drive, Van Zyl, Market, Bester, and Van Reenen Streets. If you don’t already have a map of the Clarens Village Nature Reserve Hiking trails, pick one up from the Clarens Village Grocer, Bibliophile, Maluti Tours or Mountain Odyssey. The maps only cost R10 and all the funds raised from the sale of maps goes to the Clarens Village Conservancy to help with maintaining the trails. (Members pay only R5 .)
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