Last Updated: 1st Feb 2024

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The Loop of Depression

Castle Hill Village, Canterbury

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

Last Updated: 1st Feb 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 21 ?

Gnarl Factor: 68 ?








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Type of Run

Back country - remote


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.7%


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This is a nice little beginner intro to the longer options around Castle Hill Village.

Park up in the village and trot around the Trelissick Loop. The trail head is signposted opposite the waterslide and just up from Cheeseman Terrace. The trick skirts past a couple of houses and drops into the bush to pick up the crossing of the Thomas Stream. Usually the locals will have set up a dry feet crossing for you, but that con't be guaranteed.

Climb the trail up the opposite riverbank up onto a tussocky terrace. Go past the Thomas River track turnoff and keep going a short distance to pick up the Leith Hill Loop track. The described route goes clockwise across a terrace, and then into the bush. There's a brief drop into a stream crossing and then gradually the trail steepens on its ascent through the bush. After 20-30 mins or so of increasingly steep uphill from here you should reach the bushline and great views from the "depression" out across the Castle Hill Basin. Carry on down the hill to complete the loop, recrossing the Thomas Stream at the same point as the uphill.

Trot through the village to your start point and you are done .

'The Depression' is a cool and obvious landmark when in Castle Hill. interesting geography and cool views!

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Park up anywhere there's a space in Castle Hill Village and head on out

1 km

2 minutes




Don't take the wrong turnoffs down low

Perfect throughout.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map


Snow in winter is likely

Can be a few wasps in summer

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Trail Reviews

A pleasant opportunity to stretch the legs and lungs after a long drive from the Coast! Seem to be numerous options to take in the downhill beech forest, and luckily the random ones I chose took me back to the Thomas Creek sign.

Amiria Macbeth

May 11, 2022

The only thing depressing about the loop is how hard I found it.

Brion Matthews

February 11, 2022

Absolute cracker with terrific views. The forest footing is so soft and forgiving too.

Isobel Stout

December 28, 2020

A great little warmup loop we did before the Hogsback. Lovely views over the village and surrounds from the top of the loop.

Rebecca Sunderland

May 24, 2020

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