NELSON TRAILS

Barnicoat Range Walkway

Barnicoat Range

Barnicoat Range Walkway runs along the top of Barnicoat Range between Stoke and Richmond. It is a continuation of Barnicoat Walkway which begins in Marsden Valley, and allows half-day walks or 2-3 hour MTB rides between Marsden Valley and Richmond.

Details
Length 4.2 km Marsden Valley to Barnicoat Range Walkway via Glider Road; 6.1 km Barnicoat summit to Richmond Lookout; 3-4 km Richmond Fire Lookout to Richmond (depending on track). Approx. 14 km total
Time Required 4-5 hr for walkers, 2-3 hr for MTB
Trail Type Gravel road
Physical Difficulty Moderate   
Uses Walking, trail running and MTB
Direction Either
Max Elevation 605 m

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Access

  5 min from Stoke (Marsden Valley end)

 

The range can be traversed in either direction. If you’re on foot, the trip will be best enjoyed if you have someone to pick you up at the other end.

 

From Marsden Valley

All Barnicoat Range and Marsden Valley tracks begin at the end of Marsden Valley Rd, which is only a 5 min drive from Stoke. At the end of Marsden Valley Rd there is a small car park on the right, just before the quarry. Here you will find an information panel with a map and details on trail times and distances. There is also plenty of room to park alongside the road.

 

From Richmond

There are multiple tracks you can take from the Richmond end to get to the top of the range. Easby Park is the easiest starting point for both walkers and bikers; here you will find an information panel with a map and details on trail times and distances. Walkers can follow the clearly-marked walking track, while bikers can climb the gently-ascending Escalator Track.

 

Other Richmond access points are Lodestone Road and Hill St (Jimmy Lee Creek).

Description

Beginning at Marsden Valley

Depending if you are on foot or riding, Barnicoat Walkway and Glider Road respectively provide easy access to the top of the range. Barnicoat Range Walkway begins at the grassy paragliding area at the end of Glider Road (a signpost indicates that this is the way to reach Richmond).

 

Barnicoat Range Walkway descends along the firebreak from the paragliding area, and follows the forestry road along the top of the range. Barnicoats Road connects on the left after 1 km (connecting to Aniseed Valley). The radiata pine on the western slopes of the range have grown to a height that prevents any view of Stoke and Richmond below, though there are good opportunities for views east toward Mt Malita and Mt Starveall on the Bryant Range. The road gradually descends to a saddle just east of Saxton Hill (3.2 km from Barnicoat summit).

 

The road gently climbs around the southern side of Saxton Hill. Soon after the saddle there is a shortcut on the right through to the upper tracks of Silvan Forest. The turnoff to Richmond Fire Lookout is on the right 2.5 km from the saddle. The road reaches a low saddle between the lookout and Richmond Hill, where you can climb over the fence to get onto Lookout Road. From here you have several options for descending to the various exit points in Richmond, and most of the tracks and junctions are well-signposted. For the most straight-forward route to Easby Park, follow Lookout Road down to Big Skid. Here you can continue down Lookout Road, or else head onto the uphill end of the more gently-descending Escalator, which drops down to Easby Park.

Barnicoat Range Walkway
Barnicoat Range

Barnicoat Road runs along the top of Barnicoat Range between Stoke and Richmond. It is a continuation of Barnicoat Walkway which begins in Marsden Valley, and allows half-day walks or 2-3 hour MTB rides between Marsden Valley and Richmond.

Details
Length 4.2 km Marsden Valley to Barnicoat Range Road via Glider Road; 6.1 km Barnicoat summit to Richmond Lookout; 3-4 km Richmond Fire Lookout to Richmond (depending on track). Approx. 14 km total
Time Required 4-5 hr for walkers, 2-3 hr for MTB
Trail Type Gravel road
Physical Difficulty Moderate   
Uses Walking, trail running and MTB
Direction Either
Max Elevation 605 m

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Access

  5 min from Stoke (Marsden Valley end)

 

The range can be traversed in either direction. If you’re on foot, the trip will be best enjoyed if you have someone to pick you up at the other end.

 

From Marsden Valley

All Barnicoat Range and Marsden Valley tracks begin at the end of Marsden Valley Rd, which is only a 5 min drive from Stoke. At the end of Marsden Valley Rd there is a small car park on the right, just before the quarry. Here you will find an information panel with a map and details on trail times and distances. There is also plenty of room to park alongside the road.

 

From Richmond

There are multiple tracks you can take from the Richmond end to get to the top of the range. Easby Park is the easiest starting point for both walkers and bikers; here you will find an information panel with a map and details on trail times and distances. Walkers can follow the clearly-marked walking track, while bikers can climb the gently-ascending Escalator Track.

 

Other Richmond access points are Lodestone Road and Hill St (Jimmy Lee Creek).

Description

Beginning at Marsden Valley

Depending if you are on foot or riding, Barnicoat Walkway and Glider Road respectively provide easy access to the top of the range. Barnicoat Range Walkway begins at the grassy paragliding area at the end of Glider Road (a signpost indicates that this is the way to reach Richmond).

 

Barnicoat Range Walkway descends along the firebreak from the paragliding area, and follows the forestry road along the top of the range. Barnicoats Road connects on the left after 1 km (connecting to Aniseed Valley). The radiata pine on the western slopes of the range have grown to a height that prevents any view of Stoke and Richmond below, though there are good opportunities for views east toward Mt Malita and Mt Starveall on the Bryant Range. The road gradually descends to a saddle just east of Saxton Hill (3.2 km from Barnicoat summit).

 

The road gently climbs around the southern side of Saxton Hill. Soon after the saddle there is a shortcut on the right through to the upper tracks of Silvan Forest. The turnoff to Richmond Fire Lookout is on the right 2.5 km from the saddle. The road reaches a low saddle between the lookout and Richmond Hill, where you can climb over the fence to get onto Lookout Road. From here you have several options for descending to the various exit points in Richmond, and most of the tracks and junctions are well-signposted. For the most straight-forward route to Easby Park, follow Lookout Road down to Big Skid. Here you can continue down Lookout Road, or else head onto the uphill end of the more gently-descending Escalator, which drops down to Easby Park.

Updated 26 March 2020