The Baakens River flowing past the renovated Tramways Building. The Lower Baakens Valley has become a hub for activities and markets especially since the renovation of this building and the willingness of both private and public sector to invest in the area.
Yesterday morning I hit the trails in the Baakens Valley just off Alan Drive with Chaos Boy to go and find a few Geocaches I haven’t had a chance to do. It’s been a while since I’ve been on them and just realised again why the area is so popular with trail runners and mountain bikers. Here Chaos Boy is enjoying the view of the river below at the one spot on the trail.
It’s sad to think that the Baakens River mouth was once a big lagoon where passing ships came to collect fresh water for their voyages yet today it’s a cement canal under the Settlers Freeway which flows into the PE Harbour. Some major revamping and restoration needed to give this river mouth any dignity again.
Last week’s Video Friday post was a video featuring mountain biking in the Baakens Valley. Following that post I found another video about mountain biking through the Baakens Valley and seeing that it’s such an awesome mountain biking venue I decided to post it as well.
We are so fortunate to have the Baakens Valley green belt running through Port Elizabeth. The area truly has the potential to become a prime outdoors activities part of the city and already is very popular with mountain bikers and trail runners. When I found this great video on YouTube showing off the great trails through the valley I just had to share it with you.
Joff’s latest piece of graffiti down in the lower Baakens Valley literally has the whole city talking. It even made television news the other day. Last week I posted this picture on Instagram and a number of people have shared it via Facebook. I really hope we’ll start to see a lot more of this kind of art around like they have done up on Johannesburg. It really encourages urban tourism and get people into areas they don’t normally go to see it.