NELSON TRAILS

Widdershins

Marsden Valley and Barnicoat Range

Widdershins is a single track that heads along the top of Barnicoat Range, linking Glider Road and Involution. It can be completed in either direction, on bike or on foot. ‘Widdershins’ is a Scottish term meaning ‘to keep turning left’.

Details
Length2 km
Time Required30 min (walking)
Trail TypeWalking track
Physical DifficultyModerate   
Technical DifficultyEasy   
UsesWalking, trail running and MTB
DirectionEither
Start Elevation580 m
Finish Elevation715 m
Dog AccessDogs are prohibited in Marsden Conservation Reserve

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Access

  5 min from Nelson

 

All Marsden Valley and Barnicoat Range trails can be accessed off the end of Marsden Valley Road, 5 min from Stoke. At the end of Marsden Valley Road, just before the quarry, there is a small car park on the right. 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.

 

The downhill end of Widdershins is easily accessed via Barnicoat Walkway and Glider Road. If you’re riding, Glider Road is the better option as parts of Barnicoat Walkway are too steep to ride. Widdershins can be completed in either direction, though most people ride it in the uphill direction in order to get to the start of Involution.

Description




Widdershins begins at the junction of the Barnicoat Walkway and Glider Road. The first 600 m sidles the head of the valley, gradually climbing through an area of young radiata pine; here you will have excellent views back down Marsden Valley and out to Tasman Bay. It then transitions into scrubby manuka and then into beech, making a few twists and turns along the way. The track ends at Jenkins Hill 4WD Road, right next to the start of Involution.

 

If you’re on your bike, the logical thing to do next is descend Involution back to Marsden Valley.

 

Widdershins is on Nelson City Council land but is managed by the Nelson MTB Club.

Widdershins
Marsden Valley and Barnicoat Range

Widdershins is a single track that heads along the top of Barnicoat Range, linking Glider Road and Involution. It can be completed in either direction, on bike or on foot. ‘Widdershins’ is a Scottish term meaning ‘to keep turning left’.

Details
Length2 km one way
Time Required30 min one way(walking)
Trail TypeWalking track
Physical DifficultyModerate   
Technical DifficultyEasy   
UsesWalking, trail running and MTB
DirectionEither
Start Elevation580 m
Finish Elevation715 m
Dog AccessDogs are prohibited in Marsden Conservation Reserve


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Access

  5 min from Nelson

 

All Marsden Valley and Barnicoat Range trails can be accessed off the end of Marsden Valley Road, 5 min from Stoke. At the end of Marsden Valley Road, just before the quarry, there is a small car park on the right. 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.

 

The downhill end of Widdershins is easily accessed via Barnicoat Walkway and Glider Road. If you’re riding, Glider Road is the better option as parts of Barnicoat Walkway are too steep to ride. Widdershins can be completed in either direction, though most people ride it in the uphill direction in order to get to the start of Involution.




 

Description

Widdershins begins at the junction of the Barnicoat Walkway and Glider Road. The first 600 m sidles the head of the valley, gradually climbing through an area of young radiata pine; here you will have excellent views back down Marsden Valley and out to Tasman Bay. It then transitions into scrubby manuka and then into beech, making a few twists and turns along the way. The track ends at Jenkins Hill 4WD Road, right next to the start of Involution.

 

If you’re on your bike, the logical thing to do next is descend Involution back to Marsden Valley.

 

Widdershins is on Nelson City Council land but is managed by the Nelson MTB Club.

Updated 22 March 2019