43 - Tour De Stoke
This is a pleasant walk that takes in the quiet streets and pedestrian pathways of central Stoke.
Time: 45 minutes - 1 hour
Note: Easy walk and all sealed. Suitable for prams and wheelchairs.
Start Location: Stoke Library on Putaitai Street.
On the corner outside the library you'll see Oracle. The bronze sculpture Oracle was created by Grant Palliser and installed in 1996. The hand emerges from the ground in a cradling fashion, referring to Nelson's nurturing landscape and creative environment. (More info in the 'Nelson Public Art and Sculpture Walks Map' from Nelson City Council.) Turn right into Neale Avenue and continue up to the Neale Avenue Reserve. There is a set of swings at Neale Avenue reserve for the young (and the young at heart). Follow the path alongside Poorman Valley Stream, crossing the Railway Reserve, and continuing through to Nayland Road. Turn right into Nayland Road and go past the Nayland Park Swimming Complex. Turn right into Fergusson Street, then right into Cobham Crescent and further along, right into a small lane that leads on to the Railway Reserve. Alternatively carry along Fergusson Street to Newall Avenue or Jellicoe Avenue and onto the Railway Reserve, a notable feature of the Nelson landscape, particularly in Stoke, providing a pedestrian/cycle route that runs almost the entire length of the city. The reserve follows the old Glenhope to Nelson railway line.
Take the Railway Reserve through the camellias and rhododendrons of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Walkway (est 1998), all the way back to Songer Street andturn left to return to the Strawbridge Square Carpark.