There are a number of trails criss crossing this reserve, ranging from 2.5 up to 10 km, but by far the most impressive is
the hike up the rock itself. The walk starts at the top of the
Paarl Mountain Reserve picnic area, and should take roughly two hours to the top of the second rock (Bretagna Rock) and back, depending on how much exploring you do.
It is only about 200m further to the base of Bretagna Rock, from where it is a very short, steep hike guided with chains to the top of this gigantic stone, this being the second biggest granite rock outcrops on the planet. From the summit you are rewarded with some fantastic views, over the Paarl Valley and on a clear day one can also see Table Mountain 60 km away in the distance.
This stunning short walk is a great hike for the whole family, and I have seen kids as young as five years old almost run up the rock. Once you come back down Bretagna Rock and you are still feeling energetic, you can take a stroll on the boardwalk through the little indigenous forest with its 400 + stairs to the back of Bretagna Rock where you can watch some daring rock climbers hanging from the vertical rock face.
Other attractions here include mountain biking, fishing and this is also a birders paradise where more than a 130 different bird species have been recorded.
After your walk, you can end of your day with a laid back braai/picnic below Paarl Rock.
The green bit is an extra walk through some beautiful indigenous forest, and this involves approximately 400 plus stairs, but it is well worth the effort.
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