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Barnicoat Walkway

This is a loop track through an area of pine forest on Barnicoat Hill, named after early Nelson surveyor John Wallis Barnicoat. It is steep in sections, but rewards walkers with spectacular views over Mt Richmond Forest Park and Tasman Bay.

This walkway is shared by walkers and mountain bikers, and users should respect one another. The hill is also popular with paragliders, who can sometimes be seen launching themselves from the nearby signposted paragliding area.


Barnicoat Walkway can be accessed from Marsden Valley Road, in Stoke, near Nelson. Parking is available at the walkways entrance, past the cemetery.

Conditions and closures

To find out more about conditions of access on this walkway (eg, access with bikes, dogs or horses) and any temporary or seasonal closures, contact the Nelson City Council or visit its website.

At a glance

Walking time: 3 hour loop
Length: 6km loop
Created: 3 March 1994
Controlling authority: Nelson City Council

For more information about this walkway and the surrounding area, visit the Barnicoat Walkway page on the Nelson City Council’s website.