New England & Wartrail, DIEPSPRUIT

Millerd          

Geoff Orpen

Parking at homestead                  S 30º 45’ 14.59”          E 27º 32’ 35.80”

On the R58 between Lady Grey and Barkly East between the Karringmelkspruit and the Kraai River passes, take the road marked “New England” and “Tiffindell Ski Resort”. Continue for +-20km passing the abandoned New England railway station and three other turnoffs to the left, marked “Kenmure”, “Ben Nevis” and “Clearwater”. At the fourth turnoff +-3km beyond Queensberry, a farm on the right, turn left at the “Avoca” & Snowdon” signs. Continue up this road until reaching the homestead on the right, +-3km from the turnoff. Report to the owner, who will provide directions to the headwaters of the Diepspruit. Alternatively, from the Wartrail/Moshesh side, continue past Balloch, Burnbrae and a sign indicating the entrance to Pitlochrie to the Millerd turnoff on the right.

Ed Herbst on the Diepsruit on Millerd- by Tom Sutcliffe

 

Avoca

Geoff Orpen

Entrance on New England road:     S 30°45’ 12.16”       E 27º 32’ 20.73”

 

Travelling on the R58 between Barkly East and Lady Grey, +-20km from Barkly East, take the turnoff marked “New England, Tiffindell”. Continue past the New England railway siding and 22km from the tar road, turn left and continue for 4km until reaching the Avoca & Millerd homesteads that are +-600m apart. Between Avoca and Millerd, there are 12km of fly fishing water on the doorstep. This plus comfortable accommodation at both farmsteads is an enthusiast’s paradise.

 

The Lilliputian waters on the Diepspruit at Millerd, location of Ed Herbst’s snake-bite episode of many, many years ago as recorded by him in the journal of the Cape Piscatorial Society, Piscator, (see page 104) as well as an account of the incident in Tom Sutcliffe’s publication  “Shadows on the Stream”. Struck twice by what was thought to be a Cape Cobra (Naja nivea), Ed suffered no ill-effects other than the stress of the incident. A complaint was subsequently from a certain Mr N. Nivea-Millerdiensis, head honcho of the N-Ms, to the effect that a cousin had seriously impacted fangs on account of the very bony leg he had struck and insisting that targets with thicker legs be recruited to fish on their beat!

 

Pitlochrie

Joe Sephton                        

30° 46’ 19.015S                      27° 35’ 59.58E

 

On the R58 between Lady Grey and Barkly East between the Karringmelkspruit and the Kraai River passes, take the road marked “New England” and “Tiffindell Ski Resort”. Continue, passing the abandoned New England railway station and three other turnoffs to the left, marked Kenmure, Ben Nevis, Clearwater, Avoca & Millerd. Continue past Queensberry, a farm on the right for+-2km until reaching the turnoff to the left for Pitlochrie.

 

From Rhodes, head west along the R396 to Moshesh’s Ford. After the first bridge, turn right onto the R393 at the intersection marked Wartrail. Continue until the first turnoff to the left marked Barkly East. Continue on this road passing farm signs to Glencoe, Balloch, Burnbrae etc. Continue past a turnoff to the left marked Barkly East, shortly whereafter, turn right at the entrance to Pitlochrie. +-

 

From Barkly East on the R58 to Lady Grey, turn right +-3km from Barkly. Continue over a magnificent sandstone bridge known as Loch Bridge and at the next intersection, take the fork to the right. Continue until reaching the next intersection and turn left. The entrance to Pitlochrie will be +-2km from this point and found on the right.

 

Continue along the farm road to the first boundary fence to start fishing upstream from this point.

 


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