Last Updated: 27th May 2024

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Blandswood and Brunch

Geraldine, Canterbury

Submitted by Laura Richards

Last Updated: 27th May 2024

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Grunt Factor: 10 ?

Gnarl Factor: 23 ?

8.8km

240m

240m

402m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Open farmlands

Run Makeup

30%
20%
50%

Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +5.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -5.4%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

2:00

Slow

1:00

Moderate

0:30

Fast

Start at 'The Green Man' café on Peel Forest Road, run south on Peel Forest Road for 1/2 a kilometre before turning right onto Dennistoun Rd. Run along Dennistoun Rd for another half kilometre, before it terminates at a beautiful heritage gateway to Peel Forest Estate.

Here the road turns right onto Brake Road, which leads through a vibrant sycamore forest, before winding around farmland to the start of the Dennistoun track.

Head left into the Dennistoun track, which leads through an ancient forest with huge kahikatea, lowland tōtara and mataī, where the track is relatively flat but you will have to hop over many large tree roots on the way.

At each intersection, you come across take a right turn.

Follow the track until it spits you out at Blandswood Road. Take a left turn on Blandswood Road towards the river, and then a right turn up Lookout Road back into the podocarp forest to the start of the Fern Track.

This is the only steep part of this loop. At the top of Lookout Road, run along the beautiful undulating and winding Fern Track for 3 kilometres, enjoying the bird song.

This track can be a little muddy at times, and again you will have to navigate over a few tree roots etc. This track leads you out to Peel Forest Road again.

At the end of the Fern Walk, turn right along Peel Forest Road and head back to 'The Green Man' café for brunch!

Take care on this last section as there are a few undulating sections where cars may find it hard to see you.

Includes a section through ancient forest with huge kahikatea, lowland tōtara and mataī, with historic saw pits in the area.

Te Wanahu Flat.

Plenty of parking outside 'The Green Man' and along Peel Forest Road.

22 km

18 minutes

Unknown

No

Easy.

Patchy.

Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map

At the end of Blandswood Road (about halfway) there is access to a river.

Forest tracks can become quite muddy.

Quite a few raised tree roots throughout both forested tracks.

The Green Man
Peel Forest Road
http://www.thegreenmanpeelforest.co.nz/

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Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson

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Trail Reviews

Beautiful old forest with some nimble footwork required at times over their roots and steps. Ran it after heavy rain and was thankful I chose my grippier trail shoes despite 50% of run being on road (which is also why I can't give it 4 stars). But even some of the road did have beautiful bush right to the edge as shown by photo below.

Rebecca Sunderland

March 6, 2023

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