Kwokralup Beela to Walpole

Munda Biddi Trail

Start

Kwokralup Beela Hut

Time

2-3 Hours

Finish

Walpole

Date Ridden

6th September 2021

Length

30.7km

Elevation

507m

Traditional Custodians

Minang People

The Ride - With a big day of riding the previous day, which included a fair amount of climbing, this next stretch into Walpole I was treating as a bit of a rest day given the short distance and relative ease of riding in the second half of the section. With check-in not allowed until 3pm at the wonderful Tingle All Over accommodation that I had booked, we had the opportunity to lounge around the campsite in the morning after a bit of a sleep in. In hindsight, I should have made the effort to walk down to the river again but cosplaying a burrito in the hut was more appealing to me in the moment. Eventually we had all of our gear packed and were ready for lift-off at around 9:30am for a leisurely ride into Walpole. 

Waiting for us in Walpole was Aron's mum and partner as our travel schedules lined up and would be in town on the same night. This meant arriving before 3pm wasn't a big issue as we could catch up with them and enjoy the hospitality of Walpole for the afternoon. It was forecast to be a warm and sunny day so I wanted to be finished around lunchtime so we could enjoy some relaxation in town while still having time to do chores like washing and shopping. The first half of the day would be the real killer with a medium puppa climb followed by the big puppa climb up North Walpole Road. From there we would be basically riding downhill all the way to sea level as Walpole is located right on the Walpole Inlet (which feeds into the bigger Nornalup Inlet). The map for the area around camp looks a bit silly with the Munda Biddi heading up a road running parallel to the one you came in on the previous day before looping back on itself to head south and then west.

 

There is a road that cuts out this unnecessary bit so I'm not sure why it isn't utilised as the long way doesn't add much interest (and as far as I can tell the long way isn't better). What we did encounter was some pleasant forest and a few puddles that required riding through. Given it was already getting to be a little bit warm, a cold soak of the shoes wasn't a bad thing. Riding parallel to a small creek, the hairpin bend is where the road provides a crossing point and here I spotted some cool Drosera vines just off the track. From here you have a bit of gentle riding through the forest, which was looking much better in person than the photos thanks to the harsh lighting conditions, eventually reaching the base of the medium puppa climb for the day. The gradients aren't too bad but the last little kicker is the toughest bit. Your reward is the end of one hill and a meetup with North Walpole Road, a lovely paved road that takes you downhill and towards the biggest climb of the day.