After the previous two weeks’ killer hikes, a couple of hikists asked very nicely if we could do a slightly easier hike next time. And the Sandy Bay Shipwreck Trail certainly is easy, provided you just go as far as the upside-down rust-bucket of a wreck of the Harvest Capella on the Oudeschip Peninsula, and don’t carry on to the rather more interesting wreck of the Bos 400, which is clearly visible, and appears temptingly close, but would actually mean that you are getting started on the gruelling and possibly dangerous 7-hour Karbonkelberg Traverse, which is so going to appear on this blog in the future, I promise, Martin, just not right now.
It was a beautiful sunny day and several hikists promised to skinny dip on our return to Sandy Bay, when it would be warmer. As we are all becoming seasoned hikists by now, there was a slight sense of disappointment when we reached the Oudeschip Peninsula so quickly, but we made up for it by climbing everything in sight, wreck and rocks.
And then, of course, there was That Hill on the way up to the jeep track. Thanks to That Hill, there were no comments from Angela about needing to go and do another workout afterwards.
However, despite working up a respectable sheen, only one hikist actually braved the icy waters back at the beach. And she’d just like to point out that it’s not very nice to say you’re going to skinny dip and then not do it and instead just sit and stare at the one person who actually womanned up and did. So there.
Sandy Bay Shipwreck Hike Details
Duration: 3 hours, with plenty of mucking about and 1 short skinny dip
Trail directions we used: From Antonia Heil and Cape Town Magazine
Parking: Park at the Sandy Bay parking in Llandudno. (Google it.)
Remember: To stick together as a group on the way up the hill after the wreck and along the jeep track.
Post-hike eating place: Baked in Bakoven for brilliant burgers and v. yummy French toast.
Highlights of this hike
- Strolling along a gorgeous sandy beach in the early morning, without too many fat old nude men around.
- Carefully jumping around on a rusty old shipwreck.
- Not getting mugged. The last time I did this hike (about a year ago) a woman had just had her phone stolen on the way up the hill.
- Running down the dunes to Sandy Bay.
- Skinny dipping at the end. Even if it was just one of us. Humph.
Alison Westwood is a travel writer and hikist. You can read more of her writing at alisonwestwood.com
Photos from the Sandy Bay Shipwreck Hike