The 73km trail extends from Lake Roxburgh Dam to Lawrence, which for most cyclists is a leisurely two day ride. Much of the trail meanders alongside the mighty Clutha River, passes through Beaumont Gorge, historic Chinese gold mining sites, farming and sections of the historic Roxburgh railway including the 440m-long Big Hill Tunnel.
The track is gentle and easy and takes in small townships established during the gold rush, Roxburgh, Millers Flat, Beaumont and Lawrence - Otago's first gold-rush town which during its hey-day had a population of 11,500.
The scenery is very picturesque and the historic sites an added attraction. Just a short detour off the track keep an eye out for:
The Teviot Woolshed, built in 1864 now in ruins after a fire, was once the biggest woolshed in the Southern Hemisphere, set up for 32 shearers and capable of holding 8,000 sheep.
The Lonely Graves at Millers Flat, with the inscriptions 'Somebody's darling lies buried here'. And next to it a headstone with 'The man who buried Somebody's Darling'. Fact or fiction??
Horseshoe Bend Bridge. A short walk from the trail, this bridge was built in 1913 to replace a scary pulley chair that enabled children to cross the river to get to school. Farmers also used the bridge to move their stock across the river.
A variety of accommodation options are available. We chose Millers Flat Camping Ground as our base and having two vehicles could organise our own shuttle. On the first day riding 30kms from Roxburgh Dam to Millers Flat, and the next day we rode 43km from Lawrence back to Millers.
The Clutha Trail is part of the network of Great Rides in the region, so it's possible to combine with either the Roxburgh Gorge Trail, or the Otago Rail Trail.
Millers Flat Camping Ground Click HERE
Clutha Cycle Trail Click HERE