Chartwell-Skyline LoopBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Magnus Edwards
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Beginner - Intermediate
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This route is part of the La Cloche Wellington Trails Collection
Impossible to get lost on the first 2 km - from the car park just follow the main 4WD track all the way to the Skyline Ridge track. You can take the sharp hairpin left turn just before the ridge at the pylon and it joins the Skyline track but carry on another 100m or so to the next pylon and take that hairpin left turn - the views are better ans the track is more interesting. Then it's 2.5 km along the ridge until another sharp hairpin left down the farm track through regenerating bush. Follow the track all the way through the horse paddock then a short uphill back to the road and another 300m uphill back to the carpark.
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Features of interest
Long slog up to the ridge but great views from the top. Final km or so is through a horse paddock
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 16%
Moderate Single Track: 18%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 66%
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
Start and finish is at the car park at the very top of Chartwell Drive in Crofton Downs, next to the entrance to the electricity sub-station.
Space for 10 or so cars at the top, or park on the roadside leading to the car park.
It's all pretty well sign-posted.
Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
It can get very windy along the Skyline ridge, and there's no shade from the sun on the first 5km.
It's a popular dog walking track so there are occasional loose dogs that don't like being run past.
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