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Few walks in Australia have a reputation that precedes it the same way that Frenchmans Cap does. This reputation is not for its hike in being a difficult drawn out slog or even for its dramatic views inspiring generations of walkers. No, this reputation is all about the Lodden Plains a geographical feature seeming so mundane it would hardly warrant a mention. The sodden loddens have to be the most well know section of muddy trail in Tasmania if not Australia. It was more than 12 years ago that I first was told of it and only just last week when I decided to see what it was all about.
However, the sodden loddens are no more. Extensive track work has all but bypassed the mud bath thanks to a $1,000,000 donation by Dick Smith and a matching $500,000 commitment from the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service. The work was set to take more than 8 years to complete thanks to the difficult terrain. It does sound like a crazy amount of money to spend on a walking track but considerations like its remote location and poor wether…..