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BodybagBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

Info Info

Trail Information

5.70km

300m

300m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Very hilly

Plantation/exotic forest
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

1:00 (Slow)
0:50 (Moderate)
0:40 (Fast)

-9.6%

+9.6%

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Description

From the carpark follow the well defined 4WD trail alongside the Adventure Park fence. Spare a moment and take in the impact of the 2017 Port Hills fires - this was a catastrophic time for this area and completely changed countryside both here, and in the Adventure Park over the fence.

About half way up the main 4WD 'road' dog-legs into the bike park. Leave this road and carry on straight up hill on the obvious trails and soon you will get a view of the short and very sharp last ascent up to the top of the ridge- this last section is known colloquially as The Bodybag, for obvious reasons that your lungs will remind you of as you gasp up the final stretch.

There is a short extension to this run for a final bit of vert up the Flying Nun trail around to a locked gate, which is as close as you can get to the top of Marleys Hill proper without entering private land or the Adventure Park. Either complete the run by tracing your steps with a fast downhill, or link onto one of the many Crater Rim options in either direction. Up to you - these are all on the Directory elsewhere!


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Features of interest

Head up Worsley Spur alongside the Christchurch Adventure Park. Going up The Bodybag is a classic initiation right for runners and bikers alike in the Port Hills


Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 60%

Gravel Road: 10%


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  • Access

    Top of Worsleys Road, where the tarmac ends

    Park up at road end, minding out for access to private residences and gates to paddocks

    10 km

    20 minutes

    Yes

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Its all pretty straightforward.

    Perfect throughout.

    Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.

    BYO, there are no water sources and it can get blazingly hot during a summer norwester

    Can get muddy in parts after rain

  • Post run indulgence

    Silverbacks Cafe
    Cracroft
    https://www.facebook.com/SilverbacksCafe
    Great coffee, food and a cold drink option at the foot of the hill

    Christchurch Adventure Park cafe
    Foot of the hill off Worsleys Rd
    https://www.christchurchadventurepark.com/
    Great spot in the bush for a Cassells Beer or two

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