Bannock BurnBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Kieran Philip
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Front country - easily accessible
RiversideOpen farmlandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
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Head off from the bridge and over to Bannockburn Inlet. Head right on Patterson Rd and follow until you reach a farm track on the right hand side. Follow this and stick with it all the way along Bannockburn Creek (Bannock Burn). Once at the top of this track you will reach a gravel road (Hawksburn Rd) which you take a right and follow it and then Bannockburn Rd all the way back to the car, a nice long downhill.
Features of interest
Lots of good views, nice Central Otago countryside - a lot of the time seems a lot more remote than it actually is.
Make Up of Run
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 45%
Gravel Road: 30%
Sealed Road: 25%
The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each
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South side of Bannockburn Bridge.
Some parking off the side of the road, nice public area to leave your car.
Name: Alistair Hamilton - Cairnmuir Station
Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
Can fill up from Bannockburn Creek when you cross it, but I would treat it before drinking to be sure it wasn't going to cause you issues (I have had it untreated and not had problems though).
Can get quite exposed up on top, so windproof and waterproof would be required in nasty conditions.
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