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Orton Odyssey, Canterbury

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Orton OdysseyBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Ciaran Hayes

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Trail Information

13.60km

695m

695m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner - Intermediate

2:30 (Slow)
1:50 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)

-10.9%

+10.5%

Closed during lambing

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Description

This provides a longer alternative to the Orton Bradley Loop run.

Follow sealed road entrance into Orton Bradley Park. Take a left along the Rhododendron path. Follow single track through to the playground. Pass playground and cross over bridge. Run along the road 100m and enter the park; from here keep following the blue marked stakes, through the trees and into an area populated by gum trees.

Keep going along the well-marked track, following the stream on your left hand side. Emerge onto a 4wd track and steadily climb upwards. Crossing a number of stiles en route, and again making sure not to lose track of the blue markers, you eventually come to a stile pointing in the direction of the waterfall - ignore this and keep following the fence, through muddy 4WD track until you get to another stile and a sign for Mt Herbert track.

From here the going gets a bit slow, through winding gorse track and some steep technical trail upwards, as well as having to negotiate a wee stream crossing and an ankle-deep muddy traverse - you have now lost track of the blue markers and need to follow the orange markers instead. Keep climbing until you get to another 4WD track which curves around the valley between Mt Herbert and Mt Bradley.

Follow this track - it can get quite cut up, so be careful not to roll an ankle - and watch for cows! Keep going until you catch sight of the blue markers yet again, hopping a few more stiles over a nice flat/downhill section back to the entrance to the park.

Simply retrace your steps through Rhododendron park and back to the start!


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Features of interest

Waterfall as a detour


Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 30%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 40%


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  • Access

    Entrance to Orton Bradley park on Charteris Bay Rd

    Limited space for parking on main road. Parking spaces at a fee in the park

    25 km

    38 minutes

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  • Staying Safe

    Moderate.

    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the RunHunters app on your phone. View on RunHunters .

    Try and follow blue markers as much as possible until passing the sign for the waterfall - then keep following the fence until you see the sign for Mt Herbert where the orange markers take over

    Generally good.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Taps at start

    Very muddy after rain - some streams may be full

    Cows along the farm track
    Exposed heading up the valley so windbreaker might come in handy

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