Head west on Springbank off Belair Rd and take the slip lane - that takes you to the Lynton SES site where the trail begins. Starts off fairly benign but then it's quite a steep climb to Caroline ave (which itself has a short but very steep section) and to Gloucester which puts you at the Belair triangle.
Seems to be mixed feelings out there, but I happily push up in the complete absence of traffic and magnificent views.
If you have knobbly tyres, my fav route is still Brownhill Creek and the Pony Ridge track.
I had a Belgian living with me for a while. We'd ride to and from work together. Initially we just got off and pushed our bikes up, but one day he gave it a crack and got up the switchbacks no probs. I figured if he could do it, why can't I? So after some years I've now ridden up every bit of it at one time or another, including the 4 steps at the bottom, the 2 steps half way up and the 4 steep and slippery bits closer to the top. You'd never think it was possible looking at it, but if an ordinary Joe like me can do it...and that's on a steel frame rigid bike with oversized tubes and panniers! Good granny gear though and let's be clear - I've never ridden the whole thing end to end in one go - that's still my ultimate goal. Seen a guy on a Cross bike do it, though. Very impressive.
It's not easier than Kalyra, but definitely more interesting - and car-free! We're happy to go up it, but use other routes like Belair Rd to come down. Slight poetic licence - two options riding down the path. 1. Wear your brakes out 2. You love hospitals
Thanks BJ. I can imagine it's a wild ride coming down..
OK, in my head I'm planning a ride for tomorrow morning that takes in a few bike paths I haven't tried.
I'll head up the Lynton trail, then wind across through Corromandel to Happy Valley where I know there are miles of Bike Path that take you to the coast at Hallett Cove and back up along the coast.
Bike paths often mean for a slower ride, but scenic, yes. Life is too short to keep riding the same roads..
I checked out the Lynton trail this morning. Apart from being seriously steep, I thought it's a nice way to get up to Belair. Whether it was just that I felt relaxed being on a 'bike only' path, or that I was so focused on keeping the pedals turning, it felt like a shorter route than Belair road.
Anyway- no roadworks started yet. The only thing I found was a red temporary barrier blocking the path at the Belair end. No barrier at the bottom - maybe they only expect people to ride down it?