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FroggerBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Brion Matthews

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5.50km

360m

360m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Loop

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner - Intermediate

1:00 (Slow)
0:45 (Moderate)
0:30 (Fast)

-13.1%

+13.1%

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Description

Start out at the bottom of Richmond Hill Road and run the footpath until the hairpin (around 300m).

At the hairpin there is the start of a walking track that heads up the gully. Follow the track until reaching a small bluff where you take a quick deviation to the right to ascend the bluff before reconnecting onto the Richmond Hill walking track.

This is not technical and is easy going. (If you have time, it is worth following the faint hint of a track leading rightwards up from the bluff. It connects onto an old but overgrown walking track that carries on for around 500m before dead ending at the bluffs visible from Nayland Street down below).

Carry on up, past the stiles at Clifton Terrace and follow onto the Frog Pond track that will take you up to Summit Road. Listen out for the frogs. Pause for a breath before turning around and heading back downhill.

Take the right most gravel farm road and veer off to the right towards Windsor Castle about where the sheep yards are.

Follow around the tops of Windsor Castle, taking a natural line towards the trig. You will need to pass through a few farm gates to do so. Take in the unique views at the trig before scurrying down the back side of it.

You will see a passage of worn rock leading down the back through some terraces and down some old stone-built steps. Take a natural line down towards the houses before swinging left towards the large gate at the top of Richmond Hill Road. Cross over the gate and amble the short section of road until just past Whiterock Lane, where to the left is a reserve that flows downwards towards the frog pond area.

After the gate, instead of taking the major track back up the valley, there is a smaller track to the right that will connect you back to the Richmond Hill walking track. If you miss this, the other track will link up anyway. A rock cairn is placed at the corner, which you may have noticed on the way up. Smash the downhill back to the road. Alternatively start at the Clifton Hill stiles.


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Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 40%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 5%

Sealed Road: 15%


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  • Access

    Start of Richmond HIll Road at intersection of Nayland Street.

    Park on Nayland Street or low down on Richmond Hill Road.

    13 km

    22 minutes

    No

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Moderate.

    Generally good.

    Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    There is a tap by the water tank at the farm road by Eastenders that requires a very small deviation to get to near the top of the Frog Pond climb.

    Richmond Hill track can be very slippery after rain.

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