The Ready Money Trail

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A new three kilometres walking and mountain bike trail in the Cheviot Hills Reserve was officially opened at the Cheviot Spring Festival at the weekend.

Mayor Winton Dalley and Cheviot local Elsie Duncan did the honours in front of an enthusiastic crowd of locals and visitors who then set out to follow the trail through magnificent woodlands, historic sites and plenty of spring daffodils.

The name Ready Money Trail is in recognition of the Cheviot Hills landowner Ready Money Robinson, who earned the nickname for buying the North Canterbury estate with a wheelbarrow of cash at the Lands and Deeds office in Nelson.

Reserves board member, David Anderson, spearheaded the community project which links the best parts of the reserve through a benched and graded track suitable for all levels of fitness.

The new trail will be part of the 6km course for Cheviot Hills Run and Ride on Sunday, October 23.