An anniversary walk up the Bridle Path


To mark the 6th anniversary of our first date, my partner Bruce and I walked up the Bridle Path track in Heathcote. It was six years ago today that we had our first date – and at my suggestion it was the walk up the track. It was stinking hot that day and I really struggled with the heat (29 degrees and very muggy). Today was much less warm (about 20 degrees), but the walk was still challenging as I’ve not been doing my hill walk much of late (thanks to a large workload). So today was a reminder how important it is to keep that fitness up if you want to clamber around our hills. Just like six years ago, we climbed up the Heathcote side, then down into Lyttelton, had a coffee and a bite to eat, a wander around Lyttelton and then a long walk back up the other side and then back down into Heathcote. It’s about 17,000 of my steps (according to my pedometer).

Bruce and myself at the top of the first leg – on Summit Road.


The view looking down into Lyttelton.


I wasn’t sure if this photo would convey the steepness of this road – the track leads off to this road and it’s fine walking down it, but coming back up is challenging. At one part of the road there is a hand rail and it was most welcome.


A mural in Lyttelton depicting the early settlers of Canterbury who walked over the Bridle path carrying all of their worldly goods (the path was the only way over the hills to Christchurch from the Port).

3 responses to “An anniversary walk up the Bridle Path”

  1. You both look so very cheerful there up at Summit Road. Congrats on the 6th, and may there be many more (and perhaps the possibility of a biggie with a whole new meaning) to come, and what better way to remember this by than a scenic walk over the Port Hills via the Bridal Path track 🙂

    As you probably already know by now, any photos of or from the Port Hills are always amongst my faves. Just curious if you’ve been to the Lyttelton Coffee Company since they’ve reopened?


  2. Just noticed the Bridle Path tag a few days later… (How did I miss it?!) Looks like over the years you have covered this track quite well indeed. Love all the photos, both old and new! By the way, Happy New Year too! 🙂


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