NELSON TRAILS

Barnicoat Walkway

Marsden Valley and Barnicoat Range

Barnicoat Walkway provides a challenging climb to the top of 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 offers excellent views over the city and Tasman Bay.

Details
Length2.6 km Marsden Valley Rd to junction with Glider Road and Widdershins
Time Required1 hr Marsden Valley Rd to junction with Glider Road and Widdershins
Trail Type4WD road/Walking track
Physical DifficultyModerate   
UsesWalking and trail running
DirectionEither
Start Elevation150 m
Finish Elevation580 m
Dog AccessDogs are permitted on Glider Rd and Barnicoat Walkway, but not Widdershins or Involution

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Access

  5 min from Nelson

 

Barnicoat Walkway is a 5 minute drive from Stoke up Marsden Valley Rd. 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.

 

Logging, and high fire risk in summer will close access.

Description

From the car park, 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 to the skid site at the top of the range, at 580 m elevation. Enjoy the views north over the city and out to Tasman Bay. The gradient is nearly twice as steep as Glider Road, so it’s more challenging and not really suited to MTB.

 

To return to Marsden Valley Rd you can turn right at the skid site and follow Glider Road back down (creating a 7 km loop). From the paragliding area at the top of Glider Road you can also continue along Barnicoat Range Road to get to Richmond (approx. 14 km away). Otherwise, head straight at the skid site, and follow the signpost indicating the start of Widdershins. Follow Widdershins along the range and descend into Marsden Valley via Involution or Scout Track (creating a 9 km loop).

Barnicoat Walkway
Marsden Valley and Barnicoat Range

Barnicoat Walkway provides a challenging climb to the top of 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 offers excellent views over the city and Tasman Bay.

Details
Length2.6 km Marsden Valley Rd to junction with Glider Road and Widdershins
Time Required1 hr Marsden Valley Rd to junction with Glider Road and Widdershins
Trail Type4WD road/Walking track
Physical DifficultyModerate   
UsesWalking and trail running
DirectionEither
Start Elevation150 m
Finish Elevation580 m
Dog AccessDogs are permitted on Glider Rd and Barnicoat Walkway, but not Widdershins or Involution


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Access

  5 min from Nelson

 

Barnicoat Walkway is a 5 minute drive from Stoke up Marsden Valley Rd. 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.

 

Logging, and high fire risk in summer will close access.

Description

From the car park, 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 to the skid site at the top of the range, at 580 m elevation. Enjoy the views north over the city and out to Tasman Bay. The gradient is nearly twice as steep as Glider Road, so it’s more challenging and not really suited to MTB.

 

To return to Marsden Valley Rd you can turn right at the skid site and follow Glider Road back down (creating a 7 km loop). From the paragliding area at the top of Glider Road you can also continue along Barnicoat Range Road to get to Richmond (approx. 14 km away). Otherwise, head straight at the skid site, and follow the signpost indicating the start of Widdershins. Follow Widdershins along the range and descend into Marsden Valley via Involution or Scout Track (creating a 9 km loop).

Updated 20 February 2019