Belmont Regional Park, Wellington, New Zealand
Very steep climb straight up Takapu Ridge towards Belmont Trig.
Bike and Foot
Officially this is a tramping track, meaning that it is very steep and for most of the way it crosses open paddock where there isn't actually a track. Just keep pointing up/down the ridge and you can't go too wrong.
Although it is a difficult climb, it can be made easier by zig-zagging between the fences. Riding down can also be difficult, due to the rough surface, but tremendous fun.
If descending, watch out for the chicane under the trees. Going straight instead of turning will take you behind a farm building - if so, just back-track a bit and drop onto the farm road through a gate under the trees, then carry on.
If starting from the end of Takapu Road, go past the substation and follow the farm road around to the right. About 400m past the substation, on a sharp right-hand corner, follow the sign pointing up the ridge.
The top intersects with Dress Circle.
27 Mar 2009 by Ian
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