Taylor River Trail lauded
The Taylor River Trail, in Blenheim, has been included in a book celebrating the best cycleways in the country.
When done in a loop, the trail, which goes between the Blenheim town centre and Taylor Dam Reserve, is about 22 kilometres long.
It has been included, along with 51 other trails, in a new book by the Kennett brothers, who are widely considered to be New Zealand cycling experts.
The brothers, Paul, Simon and Jonathan have written nine cycling history books and 15 cycling guidebooks since 1991, as well as organising the first mountain bike race in New Zealand.
Their new book, Short Easy Bike Rides and which goes on sale on Sunday, aims to introduce cyclists to the best traffic-free rides in the country, that can be done by anyone on any bike.
Jonathan says the Taylor River Trail is a fantastic ride.
One of the benefits of the trail, is that cyclists can choose to do shorter or longer loops, depending on which bridge they crossed to return, he says.
The book also highlights places people can hire bikes in Blenheim as well as the Raupo Riverside Cafe and Restaurant, which Kennett says is an excellent starting point.
The aim of the book is to make cycling a total experience, to engage all the senses by providing recommendations for the best cafes, attractions and playgrounds near each cycleway.
‘‘It’s about having an outing, rather than a full-blown adventure,’’ Jonathan says.
The book was for people with bikes sitting in the garage for 40 years, for families with children and for people who wanted to enjoy cycling without the risk.
‘‘Cycling is one of those small pleasures in life. People shed years as soon as they jump on a bike.’’
Marlborough District Council reserves and amenities officer Robin Dunn says it is great the Taylor River Trail has been included.
Since the council added the upper end of the track, up to the Taylor Dam Reserve about five years ago, it had been getting more and more use and, with the town expanding in that direction Dunn expects its popularity to continue to grow.
Aaron Bleakley, left, and Brent Ackroyd take a ride along the Taylor River Trail.