Blenheim – Ward Beach

 

racecourseAt Blenheim Racecourse

Sunday morning and off to the Blenheim Farmers Market.  It helped that the day was yet another glorious autumnal days with not a cloud in the skies.  This really is a lovely market, and it feels so much nicer to have the market on grass.  The stalls were abundant and had everything from coffee to veges to fruits, to nuts, meats and cheeses, with plenty of seating and tables set up right around the market.   

welcomeMarket welcome

We bought some lovely bacon, free range eggs, a delightful soft curd cheese that goes oh so well with the divinely ripe figs we also purchased, plus a wonderful soft brie style cheese with a blue mould “toad skin”.  It was reminiscent of being back in France.

general 2Market scene

pinenutsPine nuts

And of course with this being Autumn, there were all the pumpkin competitions, from the fancy dressed pumpkins to the biggest, smallest and more.

pumpkin 1pumpkin 3

pumpkin 5pumpkin 6

pumpkin 4pumpkin man

We returned to the van and were quickly packed up and on our way.  First stop was to the dump station and to fill up with petrol.  that done we were off. We had planned to head for Marfells Beach, a lovely spot where we have stayed previously, however, on reaching the turn off just past the Grasmere Salt Works, it was blowing a gale and so we decided to head on over the hill to Ward Beach.

raodviewView along the road

 vinesthe odd vineyard or two

The last time we headed over this way, we had to travel over the rail/road bridge, now there is a new rail over bridge with new road alongside.  The first photo shows the road alongside the old bridge and the new rail bridge over the road,  and the second photo shows the old bridge where the rail is on the top level and the road underneath.

roadrail 2roadrail 1

Another bit of new road realignment is over the Lion Saddle, the last time we came over it, it was still under construction, now a stunning piece of road which affords great views once you reach the top.

view 1Lion Saddle

And yet another road improvement in this part of the country is the introduction of ‘rumble lines”.  These are a little different to the ones that are placed further down the country i.e. Christchurch and south, as these rumble lines are positioned in the centre lines.  We have always wondered as to the point of  rumble lines along the side of the road, the centre makes much more sense.  Well done Marlborough!

rumbleSign indicating ‘Centre Rumble Lines’.

We turn off the main road and head out to the coast to Ward Beach, a very pleasant drive with only the last 1km a gravel road.

parkedHere we are parked up at Ward Beach, a stunning spot.

southand the view looking south.

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