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Getting into nature at Hidden Valley


23 October 2017

I am always looking out for places to walk in nature and was excited to find that Hidden Valley were launching their Nature Trail, virtually in our back yard. 
So off we went on Saturday morning and found a large bunch of keen walkers from Meet Up and Meridian Hiking group ready to hit the trail, alongside a cute (pretend) panda bear! 
The panda is of course the logo for WWF and Hidden Valley is a WWF Conservation Champion, acknowledging the winery as an environmental leader in the industry for their commitment to conservation, responsible production practices, integrated environmental management systems and spearheading innovations in water, energy efficiency and climate adaptation.

The Nature Trail is brand new, and it took us on a lovely a meander up through the forest and around one of their rather beautiful dams, which has the new restaurant with a deck reaching over the edge of it, a really stunning setting. 
We were given a list of birds to tick off on our walk, but not being twitchers, we noticed only 2 birds and did not know how to identify them from the list of bird names.  Next time we will need  to take a pic of the birds with us.
The walk is relatively short, and after the foresty bit, we walked alongside the vineyards and then back down to the tasting room, where we were treated to a tasting of their whites and pinks.  I really enjoyed their Sauvignon Blanc, lovely and fresh.

The trail is not long, about 2km and the only tough bit is some of the steps which are quite high for short-legged people like me! 
The setting really is beautiful, and while looking north from their patio at the tasting room, one can really see forever!