Great hike today

it’s the Bridle Path Walk.  it’s real easy to get to, just two city buses from Riccarton to the Christchurch Gondola base on Mt Cavendish.  And really all it is, is a walk up and over to the town of Lyttleton, have a coffee, then walk back.  

It’s only 5km return walk but it’s a decent cardio workout and gets those butt, core and leg muscles working from minute 1.  Gord Michaux would have approved.  The walk is up up up 1100ft/350m to the summit ridge, then down down down the same distance into Lyttleton.  After the caffeine hit, return the way you came.  

Very efficient hike and some fantastic views (when the clouds lifted) as well as being able to see at close quarters, the earthquake damage to the mountain along the trail.  I met one lady doing the return hike as I was coming down into Lyttleton.  It transpired she is in training for the Everest Base Camp trek this November – a great coincidence.  She’ll be fine on that Namche hill if she continues doing this walk daily!

View of Christchurch from the summit of the Bridle Path Walk

View of Christchurch from the summit of the Bridle Path Walk

View of Lyttleton from the summit of the Bridle Path Walk

View of Lyttleton from the summit of the Bridle Path Walk



About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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2 Responses to Great hike today

  1. jgedye says:

    How is the damage after their big quake/ get all the pointers you can… just in case.!


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