As you pass along the route, you should exercise social distancing practices in the event of meeting up with others, particularly any land owners or workers.
As there has been no maintenance of the Trail over the last few months, you may come across situations that require action and it would be greatly appreciated if you would report these through the Registration/Progress Report system so that our area coordinators can deal with them.
28.8.20 Repulse Bridge
An enquiry to the HEC has revealed that only vehicles are restricted from using the Repluse bridge. Trail users can continue to use the structure to cross the Derwent River. The existing barriers are set back enough to allow bikes and horses accessing the bridge. In the not too distance future all access will be prohibited while repair or upgrading work will be undertaken.
19.8.20 Bridge closure
Report received that the bridge over the Derwent River at point 9.7, page 50, has been closed with barriers preventing access. As a result all users will need to head south along the Lyell Highway out of Ouse and turn right after about 8km into Ellendale Road. Cross the Lake Meadowbank to a gravelled road (Dawson Road) entering from the right (north). This is point 8.4 in alternative route number 1 on page 52. Follow the alternative route uphill along the sealed road (Ellendale Road).
A new version of the guidebook has just been released and is now available to download.
Campsite at Bushy Park (page 56)
Due to ill health, the caretaker is not currently available. The show ground committee has asked that the grounds not be used by Trail users until further notice and until a caretaker is again available and also until a COVID-19 plan is developed. The committee advises that this is a temporary closure.
A holding yard for horses has now been erected at the campsite in New Norfolk. It is electric fence ready requiring only an energiser to make operational. A white sight wire is included.
The adjacent arenas are not to be used for any purpose.
A boom gate has been installed on Pillies Road in between points 20.9 and 21.4 on page 51 of the guidebook.
The tree over Bony Road (page 65) has been removed.
The access along Old Deloraine Road (Stage 2) has been restored. The access across the paddock has been relocated and fenced to form a corridor. This corridor has Trail locks on gates at each end.
An updated guide book is now available.
The Cluan Tier (see Stage 5, page 31) has been closed due to a land owner locking gates. The route of the Trail has been moved and is described in the updated guidebook.
Bush fire update -
The sections of the Trail off the Marlbough Main Road are still closed. Trekkers should follow the main road from Miena to Bronte Park.
Camping at Bracknell
The local Council has decided that only self-contained vehicles can overnight on the riverside reserve at Bracknell (Page 33 of the guidebook, point 36.5, refers). The only alternative accomodfation for Trail users in the area is behind the Hotel by arragement or at the Old School House at Liffey.