The Denniston Bridle track walk is a pleasant, if rather steep in parts, bush walk of 5k that will take you around 2 hours. A short branch track near the top leads to the incline that carried coal down (and sometimes brave passengers up), this is a great walk too. A lower branch to the Waimangaroa-Denniston road offers a shorter walking option.
In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.
After climbing up the Denniston Incline Breakhead I returned to the car via the 560m decent down the Denniston Bridle Track to Conns Creek road. The start of the track was just to the left of the Denniston Breakhead, 10m. The day I did this walk there was a warning about a slip across the track, it was not a problem at all.
There is not a lot to see on the Bridle track, quite steep at the beginning. I pity the miners who had to hall there goods up this incline. The bush in places was not to bad, a lot more open then I thought. There were two slips, both had steeps cut into them but it would have been no problem otherwise. The track past a couple of interesting rock formation and one creek with the water running under the rather large boulders and that was that. One Mile Log Road turn off it is just 5 minutes from the turn off, or continue on for 30 minutes to Conns Creek Rd. You drive past the end of this track when you drive to the start of the Denniston Incline. The Bridle track would be great for mountain bikes.
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