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Leith Valley Swampy Circuit, Otago

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Leith Valley Swampy CircuitBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Dan Boulton

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Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

2:45 (Slow)
2:00 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

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

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 60%

Gravel Road: 20%

Sealed Road: 20%

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Overlapping Runs

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

Green Hill via Swampy

Green Hill via Swampy

Length: 30.00km

Slick and Quick Swampy

Slick and Quick Swampy

Length: 10.00km

Flagstaff Swampy Circuit

Flagstaff Swampy Circuit

Length: 14.70km

2.8 Peaks Dunedin

2.8 Peaks Dunedin

Length: 28.00km


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  • Access

    Start on the corner of Tanner Rd & Fulton Rd, where the Pineapple Flag-Staff tracks start.

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

    6 km

    13 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    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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