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Govetts Leap, Blackheath NSW
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- at the end of Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath. Approximated 3km from the Blackheath Railway Station.
The Lookout has glorious panoramic views across the Grose Valley and to the right Govetts Leap Brook ends in the Bridal Veil Falls (Govetts Leap Falls) - the highest falls in the Blue Mountains at 180m.
At the top of the escarpment is a picnic ground, toilets and access to cliff top walks plus the Fairfax Heritage Track which is suitable for wheelchairs and prams.
From here you can descend into the Grose Valley - via one of the Mountains more physical walks - where you can view the towering cliffs leading back up to Perry Lookdown and Evans Lookout.
There are a number of walking tracks from Govetts Leap.
Popes Glen Walk will take you from Govetts Leap back towards Blackheath village.
Govetts Leap was named after William Govett, one of the first surveyors of the upper Blue Mountains, in 1831.
A horse and rider monument in the park beside the Great Western Highway at Blackheath village tells the story about Govetts Leap.
There is a dramatic legend that tells of an escaped convict - turned bushranger named Govett who, pursued by troopers, found himself trapped on the edge of a 300 metre cliff. Preferring death to capture, he wheeled his horse around and together they leapt over the edge.
To dispel the legend, Govetts Leap wasn't named because he jumped off the cliff at this point. The Scots Dialect Dictionary compiled by Alexander Warrack MA describes a 'leap' as a 'small cataract' - a cataract is a waterfall. Therefore Govetts Leap actually refers not to the lookout, but to the falls in Govetts Leap Brook, often known as Bridal Veil Falls.