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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Plantation/exotic forest


2:15 (Slow)
1:40 (Moderate)
1:10 (Fast)



Much of the run (8km) is along side the Mt Ida and Great Naseby water races so not farm roads / 4wd tracks.

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Start anywhere on Derwent St. Run along the main road out of town towards the curling rink on Channel Rd. Cut through the car park running diagonally towards the back corner towards a 4WD track heading into the forest. Follow this up until you get behind the rink and near the bobsledding course where you will meet and run along a MTB single track.

Follow this MTB single track always taking any right hand tracks at intersections. You will pop out one the main road at about 2.15km where you will run along the sealed road for 800m before turning right into Coal Pit Road. At Coal Pit dam, run up the 4WD forest track until you see the sign for the Mt Ida water race, turn left and keep running along the water race for the next 8-9km.

When the water race goes down the pipes, simply follow piles to the other side of the hill. Towards the end of the water race you will need to go through two gates, close them after you. Follow water race until it meets a gravel road, George Rd. Turn right onto Danseys Pass Road and head back towards Naseby. When Danseys Pass Road heads down the hill, take the trail to the right of the road and follow back into Naseby and where you started.

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Features of interest

Runs alongside the historic Mt Ida and Great Naseby water races contracted from 1863 to supply water for sluicing and gold mining activities during the goldrush with a grade of 1 in 754 - stunningly accurate for the time!

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 54%

Gravel Road: 13%

Sealed Road: 13%

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  • Access

    Start on the main street in Naseby, Derwent St next to the sports field.

    Plenty of streetside parking available.

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  • Staying Safe


    The first part thought the forest behind the Curling Rink may be tricky. As long you ultimately head towards the main road out of town, it doesn't matter where they pop out of the forest, you will be able to find your way on track again.

    Generally good.

    Waterproof leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).

    Plenty of water if happy to drink out of water race. This water race does supply Naseby township with water (although it is treated).

    In winter, this route may be covered in snow at times - you could run along the main road to Coal Pit Gully if this is the case, missing out the fist bit in the forest, making it a little over 1km shorter.

    Forest work occurring at times but this will be obvious and signposted. Other times forest may be closed due to extreme fire risk.

  • Post run indulgence

    Black Forest Cafe
    Derwent St
    The Black Forest Cafe has delicious cakes, coffee and a variety of cabinet and menu food options.

    The Royal Hotel
    Derwent St
    The Royal has some vegetarian and vegan food options and a huge variety of top shelf liquor especially Scottish whiskies.

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