One had a sense of history walking up the Old Ridge Road and looking back on the vast country below.
By 1886 the population on the Ridge Road had reached its peak of 70 and it was the Ridge Road that carried most of the traffic. Everything came that way from Mr A. Todd’s smart pony trap to the drovers, mobs of sheep, (Fernie Bros drove theirs that way), mail and wool wagons sending up their clouds of dust….An accomodation house on Rata flat was well patronised by drovers bringing stock down from big inland stations….The Ridge Road was remarkably well graded with not one steep hill and very few sharp corners.It was surveyed by Mr Allan Robinson, was trouble free and did not suffer from washouts or slips…Regular users travelled to Rata Flat, The Shades, Siberia, and Mt View.
Quote from “The Road to Mangamahu”
This walk on the historic Ridge Road Mangamahu, was part of a world wide fundraiser, Associated Country Women of the World, Women Walk the World Challenge, and the Fordell/ Mangamahu Rural Women.
There were about 400 particpants throughout New Zealand.
As part of this challenge members and friends ‘walked the length of New Zealand’,
about 1600 km.
The Old Ridge Road is 15 kms, long. There were 19 participants, in the local group. A collective walk of 341kms..