Agatha’s Gully

The Agatha’s Gully route is a slight variation on the standard Constantia Corner route. It is a slightly trickier route, and the trail is clearly not often used, and can be difficult to follow.

Getting there: park your car in the parking lot at Constantia Nek
GPS Co-ordinates: S 34°00.677′, 018°24.366′
Distance: 5.24km

From the parking lot head up the tarred road leading to the mountain for 235 meters where you will find a set of stairs on the left leading from the jeep track up the mountain. A further430 meters up the stairs will see you meet with the jeep track again. Go left along the road, which almost immediately goes around a hairpin and up to the right: you will turn left however and take the short road leading down into dead-end with a mini-quarry. On the far side of this cul-de-sac the path leaves up the hill to the right. Walk up the hill to the little saddle, which is between Eagle’s Nest on your left, and Constantia  Corner itself on your right. When you reach the top of this little saddle, Orange Kloof will be in front and below, and the path splits. Take a right, and follow the trail as it curves up to the right through the stand of proteas.

A few more minutes and you will go up a short wooden ladder, as you continue up the ridge with views of Hout Bay unfolding on your left, and Orange Kloof below. You will pass under a rock face, directly after this the path splits [34°00.293′, 18°24.262′]. Heading up to the right leads you on the Constantia Corner Route — today you will drop down to the left.

Head along the feint path toward the base of the rock face, then follow the base of the rock band around into a deep gully; this is Agatha’s Gully. Once you reach the gully, you will enter into it on a narrow ledge with a substantial drop below. Head straight into the river bed, and follow the rocks up the slope. Stay in the river bed as it heads up a narrow section, and look for a rock overhand with some trees in front when the ravine opens out a little again. Head across to the overhand, passing under it and behind the trees. Follow the contour around the mountain until you are above Orange Kloof.

Follow a set of cairns straight up the steep slope. After this scrambly section, the path heads first left then right up the slope, at the top of which you will suddenly reach the Constantia Corner Route again.

We took Lily the Mountain Dog along, but there were at least three short sections where we had to help her scramble up. Not a good route in wet weather.

This route is described on page 50 in “Adventure Walks & Scrambles in the Cape Peninsula” by Karen Watkins.

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David

Outdoor adventure enthusiast living on the Garden Route.

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