The Denniston Incline walk is really interesting especially if you’re into history on the West Coast. It’s a steep, hard 1.3km walk that will take you around 3 hours. Every steep I took I was standing next to another piece of Denniston coal mining history. Even looking over into the bush I saw a lot of old machinery rusting away, if only it could talk to me, I would sit there all day and listen to its exciting stories.
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.
From Highway 67 you need to turn in to Waimangaroa village, turn left onto Banbury St then left on to Conns creek Rd. Drive the 2km onto Conns Creek Yards.
The only challenge was getting across Conns creek, no wet feet but big rocks. From there it is a big climb up the Denniston incline to the middle brake. There was a bit of gorse to push though, as for the incline you need strong boots to dig into the ground for grip. You will also see a few coal trucks that have broken away and crashed in to the bush. I enjoyed looking around the middle brake. Every steep I took I was standing next to another piece of Denniston coal mining history. Even looking over into the bush I saw a lot of old machinery rusting away, if only it could talk to me, I would sit there all day and listen to its exciting stories.
The extremely steep climb from Middle Brake was just as exciting, tin shacks, wire ropes, coal trucks, steel pipes and steel trestle littering the Denniston Incline. At 12 shillings a day the miners would have had a hard life. At the top of the Denniston Incline Breakhead there is a lot to see, so give your self time to walk around. I was told that they were running an under ground tour somewhere up there, so look into it when you arrive in Westport. To get home I scooted around to the Denniston Bridle Track, 5m away and took the 2 hour down hill run instead of being picked up at the car park.
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