Harewood Forest

Harewood Forest Walk

Denmark

Directions - From the centre of Walpole find Horsley Rd and take this north until the roundabout. Turn right onto Scotsdale Rd and follow this all the way to the start of the walk where you'll find a little car park and noticeable signs for Harewood Forest.

 

The Hike - I'm no stranger to small walks and really enjoy a good meditative meander through a quality bit of forest or along a body of water. With my south west road trip starting to hit it's stride, this day would be a travel day between Walpole and Albany, taking in a couple of hikes around the Denmark area. Waking up in my tent at Mt Clare, it was a quick pack-up of my wet gear and into the car for the short drive to Walpole for a spot of breakfast. I was quite keen to check out the new café in town and Banksia Café didn't disappoint with a modern feel and plenty of appetising options. I ended up selecting a mushroom dish and washed it down with a flat white, a pretty good way to start the day in my opinion. 

The goal for the day was to make it to Albany in time to meet my podcast partner and friend Donovan as he finished the final day of his Munda Biddi end to end. With a couple of hikes that I wanted to do along the way, I began the enjoyable drive out to the Denmark area for the first one, Harewood Forest. Donovan had done this one in 2019 and as I said previously, I am partial to a short walk in the forest so decided to add it to the itinerary plus it was on the way to my second hike. Arriving at the car park, the smells and sounds of the iconic Karri forest were a delight to my senses. I made the mistake of not changing into my trail runners and instead kept my casual shoes on that are a bit long in the tooth (and also white - not a great idea for this trail in spring). Delighting to be tackling a new trail in the dampness of a lovely spring morning, I began snapping away with the camera.  

Unfortunately the bright sunshine would be an issue along this trail as the contrast between light and shadow was extreme, something that doesn't make for nice photos. Working with what I had, I crossed the metal bridge over Scotsdale Brook and started my journey into the Karri forest of the Harewood Forest Conservation Area. The chorus of bird song was something I had to stop and appreciate (think I took an annoying "Sound On" Instagram story here) but it was one of those things that is infinitely better in person. Coming across the first of two picnic benches, I declined the option of stopping here and continued along the increasingly muddier path. This was an issue for my casual shoes as they had no grip and where there were puddles, I didn't really feel like getting them a nice muddy brown. The quality of the forest was worth the careful stepping and it wasn't long before I was immersed in a world of moss, wildflowers, bird calls and the sound of rushing water.