Barnicoat Walkway provides a challenging climb to the top of the Barnicoat Range. Beginning near the head of Marsden Valley in Stoke, the popular walkway is usually combined with Glider Road or Involution to form a 1-2 hr long loop. The top of the range offers excellent views over the city and Tasman Bay.
|Length: 2.6 km Marsden Valley to skid site at top of range||Time Required: 45 min to to top of range|
|Trail Type: Walking track||Physical Difficulty: Moderate-Hard|
|Uses: Walking and running||Primary Direction: Either|
|Start Elevation: 150 m||Max Elevation: 580 m|
|Dog Access: Dogs are permitted only on Barnicoat Walkway and Glider Road||Links to: Glider Road, Widdershins, Barnicoat Range Road, Jenkins Hill Road|
Barnicoat Walkway begins off Glider Road, which is only a 5 minute drive from Stoke up Marsden Valley Road. At the end of Marsden Valley Road 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.
Begin at the car park on Marsden Valley Road. Cross the footbridge over Poorman Stream and follow the walkway as it connects to Glider Road. Follow Glider Road for 800 m to the signpost indicating the start of Barnicoat Walkway, which climbs steeply from the left side of the road. The track climbs through pine forest for 300 m before emerging onto a firebreak. The hill slope to the left has been cleared of pine forest, allowing open views of upper Marsden Valley and Jenkins Hill. The track follows the firebreak directly up the spur. The gradient is nearly twice as steep as Glider Road, so it is a much larger physical challenge.
The walkway reaches a skid site at 580 m elevation. To return to the Marsden Valley road you can head south along Glider Road and follow it back down (creating a 7 km loop), or north along Widdershins or Jenkins Hill Road and down Involution (creating a 9 km loop). You can also continue along Barnicoat Range Road to get to Richmond (approx. 12 km away).
|Barnicoat Walkway Route Option||Distance and Time (Walking)|
|Return to Marsden Valley via Widdershins and Involution||9 km, 2 hr|
|Return to Marsden Valley via Glider Road||7 km, 1 hr 30 min hr|
|To Easby Park Richmond via Barnicoat Range||13.8 km, 4 hr|