Submitted by Nicole Jackson
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If leaving from the north side of the river cross under the bridge run up through Park toward countdown, around the fence and over the bridge. At the end of the bridge, there is a break in the fence, head downhill and you are on the track. Can't go wrong from there. From the southside simply cross under the bridge. From Countdown its just across the bridge and at the break in the fence head downhill and you are on the track. It is a wide 4WD all the way out to Lake Hood. This is part of a network of tracks that all start from Ashburton Bridge. Once you are at Lake Hood you can loop the lake which will put another 6kms onto your distance. This is a great run for Running Prams!!!!
Features of interest
Great blackberry picking in season!! Natural nutrition. Lake Hood is the turn around point and on a hot day, is definitely good for a swim or a leg dip. Great views of the Canterbury Foothills from Lake Hood.
Make Up of Run
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 100%
Parking options are beside Ashburton River either on the North or South Side, or Countdown Supermarket. From Both the north and south sides you need to go under the bridge to access trail. From Countdown cross the bridge and entrance is on the south side.
Safe parking at either Riverside and Countdown. Crossing SH1 to exit or enter carparks during heavy traffic times can take time.
Windproof jacket, Cellphone.
In high winds and heavy rains, it can be a dangerous track. The Ashburton River has flooded the track this year (2018) and trees do come down in heavy wind.
Post run indulgence
The Lake House
They have a great deck to sit out on.
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