The Bridle Path is a steep pass over the Port Hills and into Lyttelton (a port town). It has been in use since 1850, with Canterbury’s early settlers arriving by ship in Lyttelton and then having to climb up the track and down the other side with all of their possessions. I can barely do this with just a back pack and a camera!
I often do this walk from Heathcote and just up to the Summit Road and then back down again. But today I decided to keep walking and have a coffee in Lyttelton. The only problem with this idea, is that after sitting in a nice warm cafe reading the Christchurch Press and sipping on my flat white, I had to walk 15 minutes and up 2 sets of steep steps to get to an even steeper road that eventually gets you to the start of the track. And I realised today, that most of the people that do this track are very fit, so don’t despair if you do it and have people passing you like I do! I have particular scorn though for those that can run the whole thing (show off’s!).