“This two-way track was built to enhance access through Polhill Reserve along with Highbury Fling and Clinical Trail.”
— Jonathan Moulds
This track greatly improves on the old, and very steep, Durham Street walking track that provides access to two radio antenna and joins up with the 4WD road off the end of Durham Street.
From Aro Street, the track heads up a deep valley at a pleasant gradient. Overall, the track has an average gradient of 6%. There are a couple of zig-zag sections, one of which has an almost cliff-like side slope. Most of the track has been well graveled, providing a firm surface. The design includes plenty of little dips and bumps to keep things interesting.
The track emerges from the valley then continues up a ridge past a power pylon, coinciding with Durham Street for 125m. Just before Durham Street curves around to the east, this track heads back into the bush just past a moderately large tree.
About 340m after deviating off Durham Street, there is a connection to Karepa. The main track continues up the valley, zig-zagging a couple of times before emerging onto a ridge.
The track then meanders all the way up to meet Highbury Fling
and Ashton Fitchett Drive. Near the top there is a long flight of steps that connects directly to Ashton Fitchett Drive. About 200m further along, the main track turns sharply to the left and then continues through to Ashton Fitchett Drive; alternatively, continue straight ahead along a short connection to Highbury Fling
Flora & Fauna
Similar to Highbury Fling
, this is populated with regenerating native bush and mature trees.