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
Length 2 km
Time Required 30 min (walking)
Trail Type Walking track
Physical Difficulty Moderate   
Technical Difficulty Easy   
Uses Walking, trail running and MTB
Direction Either
Start Elevation 580 m
Finish Elevation 715 m
Dog Access Dogs 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
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
Length 2 km one way
Time Required 30 min one way(walking)
Trail Type Walking track
Physical Difficulty Moderate   
Technical Difficulty Easy   
Uses Walking, trail running and MTB
Direction Either
Start Elevation 580 m
Finish Elevation 715 m
Dog Access Dogs 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.

Updated 22 March 2019