Tackling the Ted McGrath Memorial Walk on our Mountain Bikes


Rain, rain, rain – oh boy oh boy did we have some rain but thankfully finally we awoke to clear skies.

riding in the trees ted mcgrath track

Wanting to make the most the great weather we  set off with some trepidation to tackle the notorious Ted McGrath Memorial Walk track. A track that has had more victims than any other we know of.

biking ted mcgrath track

Packing some extra clothing and food just in case we run out of daylight we headed off to conquer this beast of a trail.

reflections in the puddle ted mcgrath track

The water holes, thanks to the recent rain were threatening to overflowing and looked to be of immeasurable depth.  As such we entered with caution.

sucking sand on ted mcgrath memorial walk

all smiles ted mcgrath track

As for the sand it was so thick and so deep it threatened to destroy our bikes and made any forward motion nearly impossible, sucking at our tyres and it took quite some effort to turn each pedal stroke…….

beach views ted mcgrath track

but we made it out and were rewarded for our efforts with the most magnificent views of the Tasman Sea.

beach sand sucking ted mcgrath track

Time to turn around before we lost daylight and head for home.

riding ted mcgrath track

Mission accomplished, we survived.

Please Note: Just having some fun with this one – this is a very short track on the outskirts of Greymouth, only about 100 metres long leading to the beach.  No mountain bikers or their bikes were harmed during this ride 🙂

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about and exploring the region that is the West Coast of the Southern Alps.

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About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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15 Responses to Tackling the Ted McGrath Memorial Walk on our Mountain Bikes

  1. Buschbaer1 says:

    And again great pics. Your winter looks like our summer. 🙂

    • coastingnz says:

      Hasn’t been the best winter so far with much rain but when it is nice it is really nice. We’re hoping that June is getting all the yuk weather out of the way and July and August are going to be stunning. Fingers crossed.

  2. bulldog says:

    Had me feeling sorry for you ’til the last note….. love the photos

  3. Pam says:

    I bet the smell of the forest after the rain was intoxicating.

  4. “A track that has had more victims than any other we know of.” Hmmm. Scary. 🙂 –Curt

  5. I’m glad you clarified that. I was about to wipe it off my list! 🙂

  6. joshi daniel says:

    great and doesn’t look that easy 😉

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