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The Loop of Depression, Canterbury

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The Loop of DepressionBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

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Castle Hill Village

Back country - remote


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

1:15 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



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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 .

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Features of interest

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

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 60%

Moderate Single Track: 35%

Sealed Road: 5%

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Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

Leith Hill

Leith Hill

Length: 8.30km

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Length: 21.70km


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  • Access

    Castle Hill Village

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

    1 km

    2 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    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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