Bottle Lake Forest Park

January 11th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Bottle Lake Forest Park

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Thought I’d do a few during my break in so headed north slightly to the Bottle Lake Forest Park.

I did the blue trail which is around 10 kms in length and is a very well signposted walk. Almost impossible not to follow the trail as they have markers every few score metres.

Most of the time you have a pleasant walk in the shade of the forest. There is a long stretch along the boundary of an exclusion zone, and then on the return leg there is a sandy patch which on a hot day is somewhat draining. Walking uphill on sand slows you down considerably.

The park is a multi-use area so you get walkers, cyclists, runners and horse riders. Not generally on the same track, but the paths often intersect so always need to watch out. Oh yeah, also the odd truck on the forest roads you cross.

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6 Responses to “Bottle Lake Forest Park”

  1. iMP (2,385 comments) says:

    David, you should walk the circuit of both Hagleys Park (Ricc Ave inbetween), it is such a brilliant walk, borders the river, and takes an hour. You can spot trout in the river as you go.

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  2. iMP (2,385 comments) says:

    Also recommend the crater rim walk on port Hills which gives you views over both sides (Banks P and city to Alps).

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  3. David Farrar (1,895 comments) says:

    By chance I have done those two walks also in the last 24 hours!

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  4. pq (728 comments) says:

    stop walking Farrar you are driving we slobs frightened

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  5. arkhad (68 comments) says:

    The walk out to from Taylor’s mistake has just re-opened and is a great for a hot day (Sat andor Sun) because you can have a swim when you’re done.

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  6. pq (728 comments) says:

    Also with that circuit of Hagley Park with trout in the river there, you can take fishing rod, its against the rules so best go after dusk, good ducks too, though fire arms not advised there,.

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