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Lunch at Val.
« on: June 18, 2018, 11:29:45 am »
My wife and I took a quick trip on Sunday out to a small town in Mpumalanga called VAL.
140km from Johannesburg and a well know pub and hotel !! Who knew.
Started on R59, traveled past Suikerbosrand, onto the N3 (past Heidelburg), off on the R23 to Balfour , past Greylingstad.
and about 15km further left onto the R547 and 8km later the town of Val.
Very reasonable prices and good food. Cant forget to mention a huge pub as well.

Lots of history and good for a breakfast run on a Sunday morning - good roads and great plateland scenery.

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Re: Lunch at Val.
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2018, 11:56:20 am »
We go there sometimes as well - but we approach it from the Blockhouse on the gravel - great ride!
Greylingstad also has an abandoned village on the hill NW of the village itself - quite a spooky place.....
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Re: Lunch at Val.
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2018, 04:27:11 pm »
Love Val, sometimes take the back route to Delmas, FARK those rodes are in a state! As a student at ou NKP travelled those roads Delmas, Standerton, Volksrust to Newcastle where parents were staying then. Think if farmers start striking about access roads? Stilll love all daai noord Natal dorpies! 
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Re: Lunch at Val.
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2018, 08:04:22 am »
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Re: Lunch at Val.
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2018, 10:03:42 am »
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Re: Lunch at Val.
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2018, 05:55:29 pm »
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Re: Lunch at Val.
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2018, 06:54:48 pm »
As you can see some guys warmed the place up before we got there...
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Re: Lunch at Val.
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2018, 09:00:42 am »
We go there sometimes as well - but we approach it from the Blockhouse on the gravel - great ride!
Greylingstad also has an abandoned village on the hill NW of the village itself - quite a spooky place.....


How far out would this village be, or would the people at the pub be able to point one in the wright direction
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Re: Lunch at Val.
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2018, 09:19:36 am »
We go there sometimes as well - but we approach it from the Blockhouse on the gravel - great ride!
Greylingstad also has an abandoned village on the hill NW of the village itself - quite a spooky place.....


How far out would this village be, or would the people at the pub be able to point one in the wright direction

On your way back home on turn off into Greylingstad
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Re: Lunch at Val.
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2018, 10:13:51 am »
Head South from Val on the R547 - turn right towards Greylingstad on the R23 - turn onto Greylinstad itself and make your way to the NW end of town - the last road that runs west of the NG Kerk - Dirt road - drive up that about 1km, deserted village is on the hill in front of you - its quite big - below circled in red....
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Re: Lunch at Val.
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2018, 10:26:57 am »
I know that tractor  >:D >:D

I see they've added speed bumps. I went through in January and nothing was open (just after 9 in in the morning) so maybe worth it to phone and check before just riding through? Nice halfway-ish stop going to Memel.

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Re: Lunch at Val.
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2018, 11:07:23 am »
Thanks for the ride report. This one is now definitely added to my future ride list.
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Re: Lunch at Val.
« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2018, 02:09:20 pm »
Will have to visit shortly.  Visited Val frequently 30 odd years ago when my uncle farmed just outside the town, but haven't been there since they left the farm.  Have some good memories of a small Honda scrambler and the dirt roads in the area.  If memory serves, the town was named after the Waterval River flowing nearby.
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Re: Lunch at Val.
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2018, 12:55:21 pm »
I went through in January and nothing was open (just after 9 in in the morning) so maybe worth it to phone and check before just riding through? Nice halfway-ish stop going to Memel.

Years ago I went there with a couple of WD's, now only remembering Blazes and Kykdaar of the group. We also arrived way to early for the platteland to be alive.

Eventually one guy peeped around a corner, shouting at another, and soon they had they town cooking.

It became a popular Sunday lunch stop for us when we still lived up north.

 

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Re: Lunch at Val.
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2018, 05:06:39 pm »
Thank you so much for the info on the ghost town
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