Nel­son Tas­man trail re­ceives sig­nage makeover

Walking New Zealand - - Walk Talk -

A walk­ing and moun­tain bik­ing trail near Nel­son has been given a makeover with the in­stal­la­tion of sig­nage and route mark­ers to make it eas­ier for out­door people to find and en­joy. The pre­vi­ously un­marked 13.9km trail passes through open coun­try and pine for­est, link­ing the Bar­ni­coat Walk­way to Easby Park in Richmond and other tracks in the Richmond hills. The sig­nage up­grade is the re­sult of a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween the Nel­son City Coun­cil and Tas­man District Coun­cil, with fund­ing sup­port from the New Zealand Walk­ing Ac­cess Com­mis­sion. Com­mis­sion Chair­man John Forbes said the new sig­nage was a cost-ef­fec­tive mea­sure that would make the trail eas­ier to lo­cate and fol­low, re­sult­ing in a much im­proved recre­ational as­set for the re­gion. “This is an ac­cess cor­ri­dor that has been avail­able for years with­out be­ing widely known. The project to signpost it is a great ex­am­ple of coun­cils and the Com­mis­sion work­ing to­gether to pro­vide much needed in­for­ma­tion.” Nel­son City Coun­cil Mayor Rachel Reese said that as a keen walker, she was al­ways ap­pre­cia­tive of new ar­eas to dis­cover and en­joy, and the joint ini­tia­tive would en­cour­age oth­ers to do the same. “This is a great ex­am­ple of both coun­cils work­ing to­gether, with help from the Com­mis­sion, on some­thing that will be en­joyed by both Nel­son and Tas­man res­i­dents.” Tas­man District Coun­cil Mayor Richard Kempthorne said the trail pro­vided a valu­able link to other scenic trails and recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties in the re­gion. “The walk’s el­e­va­tion pro­vides ex­ten­sive views of Tas­man Bay, the Waimea Es­tu­ary and Plains and sur­round­ing moun­tains with the marked route climb­ing through Dell­side Re­serve and Kings­land For­est where an ex­ten­sive net­work of walk­ing tracks and moun­tain bik­ing tracks pro­vide additional recre­ational op­tions for users,” Mr Kempthorne said.

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