Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Leith Valley Swampy Circuit

Dunedin, Otago

Submitted by Dan Boulton

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 19 ?

Gnarl Factor: 15 ?

15.5km

785m

785m

707m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Urban fringe

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

20%
20%
60%

Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +9.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.4%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

2:45

Slow

2:00

Moderate

1:30

Fast

From the carpark head back down Fulton Rd for 50m and then turn left into Islay St. This takes you down to the Leith Valley Rd. You follow all the way up to the SH1(6km mark). Cross over SH1, be careful, and then turn immediately left up Leith Saddle Track. This is a steep windy well made single track that takes you up to the Swampy Summit. From here head south down the 4WD track away from the summit, after 600m tack a hard left switch back onto a less defined 4WD track. After 450m turn right onto Swampy Ridge Track. Stay on this for 3km until you get to a junction for Flagstaff Summit. (Option to go there). At the junction follow the Pineapple Track back down, this takes you back to your car.

Great views out across Dunedin City, Harbour and south to Mosgiel. Great native bush. 5min from Dunedin City.

There is a small number of parks or you can park along the road edge.

6 km

13 minutes

Yes

No

Moderate.

Be careful, as cloud can come in quick and makes navigating Swampy to Flagstaff section challenging. Good to have the route uploaded onto your watch if there is inclement weather.

Generally good.

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

Drinking water available from a tap about 600m from the end.

Careful in winter or at night. Can be icy, very exposed and windy. And be careful in cloudy conditions.

Careful in winter or at night. Can be icy, very exposed and windy. And be careful in cloudy conditions.

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Alex Herder

has completed Leith Valley Swampy Circuit twice in the last year.

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