Barnicoat walkway is located at the end of Marsden Valley Road in Stoke. There's an area to park cars, which gets full quickly.
The walk starts off across a small footbridge and climbs up to join a 4WD road.
The track winds up the side of the hill through pine forest. It's steep in sections but the glimpses of stunning views over Monaco and Tasman Bay are a great distraction. And once at the top the views sweep over Tasman Bay and the Richmond ranges.
A beginning paraglider took off as I was walking beneath him.I could hear someone talking to him via radio. After looking around, I saw the other speaker, he was standing on the side of the launching area giving advice.
The dogs had a rest in the long grass while I admired the view.
And then it was time to hit the track and walk back down the hill.