The Walk commences near the Golden Horseshoes Monument at the northern end of Beechworth. From here drive your car along the Old Chiltern Road until you arrive at Ingrams Rock. We suggest you park your car here and walk towards Fiddes Quarry. Some parts of the walk are quitwe steep.
1 GOLDEN HORSEHOES MONUMENT
This monument was erected to commemorate Victoria's first parliamentary elections held in 1855. Two gold mining groups existed in Beechworth, the "Monkeys", alluvial miners, and the "Punchers", dry miners. Each group forwarded a different candidate.
On election day in September 1855, a large procession was organised by the "monkeys" and led by their candidate, Daniel Cameron, marched from the Woolshed and Reids Creek goldfields to near the site of the monument. At this point Cameron's Horse was shod with solid gold horseshoes, each weighing just over 7 ounces.
Cameron rode on to electoral victory and his ride has become legend. The Beechworth Golden Horseshoes Festival is now celebrated annually during Easter.
2 INGRAMS ROCK
Named after James Ingram, who was a local newsagent and bookseller, and who served Beechworth for 70 years in various capacities. He was instrumental in establishing the Ovens & District Hospital, Ovens & Murray Hospital for the Aged, Mayday Hills Mental Hospital and the Beechworth Primary School.
James Ingram died in March 1928, 6 weeks short of his 100th birthday. Respected throughout the North East, he was known as Beechworth's Grand Old Man. He is buried in the Beechworth Cemetery.
3 FIDDES QUARRY
Named after William Fiddes, one of the original stone masons of the area. Granite from this quarry was used in the construction of many of Beechworth's finest buildings including the Court House, Powder Magazine and Newtown Bridge.
4 THE PRECIPICE
From the Precipice there are excellent views of Spring Creek, ( Reid's, Reedy, Reed Creek ), and the Woolshed Valley. The Woolshed Valley was once the richest goldfield in the north of Victoria.
5 DIVERSION DAM
This dam is evidence of the efforts the miners made to divert water for mining purposes.
The walk to the Cascades is well worth the effort. Park your car here and follow the track down. The trip takes about 30 minutes.
7 SPRING CREEK BRIDGE
Walk down to the creek where there are sculptured rock pools, and in spring many many wildflowers, including the green flowered Correa ( Correa reflexa ) and purple flowered Chocolate lily, ( Arthroopodium strictus ) to be seen. Box leafed Wattle ( Acasia buxifolia ), and the Blakeys Red Gum ( Eucalyptus blakelyi ) are also present.
8 PLANT PIONEERS
Lichen and moss grow abundantly on this exposed rocky slope. These plants survive the hot dry summers and catch wind blown soil, leaves and tree seeds. The seeds germinate after winter rains and those that find a foothold in the crevices before summer may grow to maturity. The roots enlarge the crevices and the rocks are gradually broken down, creating more soil in which plants may grow.
Thousands of years from now this slope may be supporting a forest.
9 ONE TREE HILL
During the 1850's and 1860's, many trees around Beechworth were cleared to provide timber for mine shafts and for firewood. One Tree Hill takes its name from a Red Stringybark ( Eucalyptus macrorhyncha ) being the ONE and only tree that survived the miners constant need for timber.
10 NATIVE PINES
The unusual cypress like trees found along most of the drive are Black Cypress Pines ( Callitris endlicheri ) which thrive among dry granite outcrops.
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to the Woolshed Falls, a distance of 5.5 km.
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