NELSON TRAILS

Barnicoat Walkway

Marsden Valley and Barnicoat Range

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.

Details
Length 2.6 km Marsden Valley Rd to junction with Glider Road and Widdershins
Trail Type 4WD road/Walking track
Physical Difficulty Moderate   
Uses Walking and trail running
Direction Either
Start Elevation 150 m
Finish Elevation 580 m
Dog Access Dogs are permitted on Glider Rd and Barnicoat Walkway, but not Widdershins or Involution

Connections

Glider Road

Walking, trail running and MTB

Widdershins

Walking, trail running and MTB

Jenkins Hill 4WD Road

Walking, trail running and MTB

Access

  5 min from Nelson

 

Barnicoat Walkway is 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.

Description

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’s more challenging.

 

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. 14 km away).

Barnicoat Walkway
Marsden Valley

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.

Details
Length 2.6 km Marsden Valley Rd to junction with Glider Road and Widdershins
Trail Type 4WD road/Walking track
Physical Difficulty Moderate   
Uses Walking and trail running
Direction Either
Start Elevation 150 m
Finish Elevation 580 m
Dog Access Dogs are permitted on Glider Rd and Barnicoat Walkway, but not Widdershins or Involution
Access

  5 min from Nelson

 

Barnicoat Walkway is 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.

Description

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’s more challenging.

 

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. 14 km away).

Connections

Glider Road

Walking, trail running and MTB

Widdershins

Walking, trail running and MTB

Jenkins Hill 4WD Road

Walking, trail running and MTB

Updated 20 February 2019