Archer TrackBeginner - Intermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Beginner - Intermediate
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Dogs allowed on lead and with Sounds Dog Permit
Easy to find and follow (no alternative or intersecting routes). DOC track - dogs prohibited. Some mountain bikers use the track so be aware, however it is generally a very quiet route with a few walkers and runners. The track is under native trees and pines, except the first (&last) 1.5kms so is pretty shaded but temperatures can soar in the summer - take plenty of water.
There is a section midway which is tidal (Deep Bay) and so you have a choice of wading through a creek or climbing around it if the tide is in. If it's out you will stay dry! Elaine Bay - Deep Bay is 4.5kms of easy single track, followed by 4.5km of moderate single track with lots of tree roots and small rocks through to Penzance Bay where there is a picnic area, jetty, beach and toilets. There are lots of gorgeous, elevated views of the Marlborough Sounds throughout the run. Then turn around and run back!
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 40%
Easy Single Track: 60%
Park in the Elaine Bay wharf car park (having driven through the main village).
Plenty of free, accessible parking. No public transport available
This is a well signposted trail
Waterproof leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
Water available at DOC toilets in Penzance Bay but needs to be treated/ filtered.
Very muddy after heavy rain.Take plenty of water. Tidal in one part.
Post run indulgence
Brick Oven, Rai Valley - coffee & breakfast. Not Licensed though so you may want to take a chilly bin with your own beer!
State Highway 6, Rai Valley, Marlborough
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