Read of the Week

Family Walks In Cape Town

Tim Lundy

Struik Travel & Heritage

Review: Brian Joss

Tim Lundy, son of legendary hiker and author Mike, compiled this guide, subtitled 30 Easy Routes in the City and Surrounds, with the “whinge meter” in mind – that is they had to be easily accessible to the young and old, so they wouldn’t complain about the hard slog.

And he found them, some of which he had been driving past every day without knowing they existed.

The guide, which fits in your pocket or backpack, is easy to navigate.

It covers broadly: Central Cape Town, the Atlantic Seaboard, the Southern Peninsula, southern suburbs and the northern suburbs.

All the hikes are graded from easy to moderate and from moderate to strenuous and whether they are accessible to wheelchairs, prams, bikes and if dogs are allowed.

Among the places you can explore are Intaka Island at Century City with its 120 bird species. In Central Cape Town you can visit De Waal Park and the Molteno Reservoir.

Enjoy a pleasant day at the Green Point Urban Park; at Silvermine; Kommetjie and Slangkop lighthouse on the Southern Peninsula or Newlands Forest or for a more strenuous walk, De Hel, a riverine nature reserve below Rhodes Drive, in the southern suburbs.

Unless otherwise indicated all walks are free and Lundy also gives directions to get there and lists nearby places of interest.

The full colour volume includes maps and text boxes with interesting snippets of information. Don’t leave home without it.

Tales from a fishing village

Don Lilford, former reporter and photographer on the Sentinel News, a Cape Community Newspapers’ title, has written three books, one a collection of short stories, Short Takes For The Long Haul, for air travellers, and Barry’s Girl, loosely based on his experiences on the Sentinel which is distributed in Hout Bay, except it is called the Cedar Bay Chronicle and all the action takes place in Cedar Bay, a small fishing village near Cape Town.

The third one is Requiem for a Recce. It is a thriller/ romance set in the Western Cape and Namaqualand at the time of the Border War in Angola and the early days of Nelson Mandela’s presidency.

They are available for Kindle, smart phones, computers and other devices and you can read a sample before you decide to buy.

Google Don Lilford and when you see the covers click on one and in the top right hand corner there is an invitation to read a free sample. A percentage of the sales goes to the author.