Stan Helms - Major Hornbrook

Saturday 24 Aug 2019

With Helen as our expert guide we found our way up the narrow streets and alleyways of Lyttelton, past the Bridle Path to the start of Stan Helms Track at a sharp bend in Harmans Road. The track zig-zags through Whakaraupo Reserve, then emerges to give fine views of Lyttelton and the harbour.

At the Summit Road, the track-end is surprisingly close to the Bridle Path. This was our morning “tea” spot where we could watch cyclists streak by and little dogs taking owners for a walk. Soon we were heading for John Britten Reserve, where we did a big loop, down to newly built houses then up Kenton Track to a sort of rock pile where we sat for lunch on a perfect, sunny afternoon. Broadleaf Lane let us connect with the Mt Pleasant Track, leading back to the top of Major Hornbrook Track, for an easy descent to Somes and Cornwall Roads.

On Stan Helms Track. Photo courtesy of Wendy Caughan

We even found a useful alleyway to Canterbury Street which Helen was not familiar with. It is shown on the CCC parks and gardens map. The map can be expanded greatly and has a wealth of detail. This circuit has super scenery as well as interesting sights amid the quaint streets of Lyttelton.

Thanks go to Helen Harkness, in the company of Brian & Mary Jane Bonsell, Shi-Ping Wang, Mary McKeown, Joy Schroeder, Wendy McCaughan, Jill Fenner, Kerry Moore (KM)