Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Cromwell to Clyde

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 32 ?

Gnarl Factor: 6 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills


Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +5.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.3%


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Route leaves 'Old Cromwell' and heads along the Kawarau River track until you get to the Bannockburn bridge. Cross this and follow tarseal road until you hit gravel at the Nevis Rd turnoff. Take a left and head along Hawksburn Rd. You then follow this road all the way to just outside Clyde where you hit tarseal again and take a left in to Clyde. The route is a 4WD track most of the way and winds itself around the back of the Cairnmuir Hills, it is the path less traveled to Clyde and is worth an explore - nothing like reaching the end of the Cairnmuir Flats and seeing Clyde down below you.

Main interest is in seeing the road less traveled.

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Plenty of parking in parking lot on Monaghan St.

2 km

4 minutes




Left at Nevis Rd/Hawksburn Rd corner.

Generally good.

Lightweight fleece top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Water at Bannockburn Creek (18km in) if you are game, you may want to add a sterilising tablet though as it still flows through a fair bit of farmlands before that point.

May be snowy in middle of winter, but unlikely. Wind chill factor is the most important thing to be aware of as it is quite exposed.

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Trail Reviews

I did this run the opposite way running it from Clyde to Cromwell. Good climb out of Clyde and then once on the top nice undulations all the way along with a slight headwind in exposed places. Fantastic offroad run.

Mark Rigby

January 21, 2019

Beautiful start along the lake for 6 kms approx. to Bannockburn, the next 6km to the 4wd track are on tar sealed roads, (not overly busy) but just need to be a bit careful for traffic. Once you get onto the 4wd track its a nice meander with some good ups. At the 20km there is a sign to Cylde (16km to go) and you turn left, i did this and then at the next hill top there appeared to be 4wd tracks going both left & right, i took a guess and headed off to the right which i believe was correct... not sure where left took you. Very hot day i did it - so take plenty of water.

Wendy Hawkes

December 29, 2017

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