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Cycling Tuesday – 2011 December 6 – Guildford to Canley Vale Ride

This is definitely the long way. A ride via the Water Supply Pipeline, the Aquaduct, Prospect ReservoirWestern Sydney Regional Park and Orphan School Creek.  I think it is one of the nicest rides in Sydney and normally I ride from Marrickville via Homebush Bay via the Cooks River Trail and the M4 motorway cycletrack through Parramatta and back via Bankstown, then onto the M5 Linear Cycleway, before cutting through Kings Grove to Cup and Saucer Creek and the Cooks River Trail  making the total journey 100km.

Prospect Loop Notes

The riding time is the time as stated by my speedometer on the GT3 and is my riding pace.Unless I say otherwise, at crossings you go straight.The map: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/gioldford-to-canley-vale.
On this previous ride, using a different route to get back, I took some shots with my video camera in still photo mode so you can see the ride.

Place

Type

Route

Distance

Riding Time

Notes

Guildford Railway Station

Start

Shared Footpath

0

Follow shared cycleway on right side of road.

Pedestrian Bridge

Turnoff

Shared Footpath

0.47

0:04:02

At the top of hill, go over bridge over Railway line, across the road, then left and right onto the cycleway beside the pipeline.

Military Road

Road Crossing

Cycleway

Water Supply Pipeline

Byron Road

Road Crossing

Cycleway

Guildford Road

Road Crossing

Cycleway

Harris Street

Road Crossing

Cycleway

Fowler Street

Road Crossing

Cycleway

When I was there they were doing work on the cycleway. So I had to detour. Turn Right onto Fowler Street and left at Frank Street.

Bowden Street

Shared Footpath

Sydney Water Field Services

Cycleway

Turn Left onto the Cycleway.

Frank Street

Shared Footpath

Sydney Water Field Services

Cycleway

Turn Left onto the Cycleway.

Start of aqueduct

Cycleway

2.42

0:10:05

Follow the Aqueduct.

Albert Street

Underpass

Cycleway

Woodpark Road and Sherwood Road

Underpass

Cycleway

Cumberland highway

Underpass

Cycleway

3.92

0:05:13

Bayfield Road

Underpass

Cycleway

Boothtown Aqueduct - 1883-1907

Gipps road

Underpass

Cycleway

7.17

0:11:28

Reconciliation Drive

Road Crossing

Cycleway

This is a bit dangerous. There is quite a bit of road-works and that will take some time to complete. There a light controlled crossing.

Prospect picnic ground

Car Park

Road

9.82

0:11:15

Public Toilets, water.

Parkland Road

Road

This road has entries for Cyclists to get past the gate.

GT3 at Prospect Reserviour

Wetherill Park

Cycleway

A short section of cycleway gets you around the locked gate.

Southern Road

Road

Wetherill Park

Cycleway

A short section of cycleway gets you around the locked gate.

Chandos road

Crossing

Cycleway

12.98

0:17:07

From here on it is it hilly and at times steep.

The Horsley drive

Crossing

Cycleway

14.56

0:05:53

Hilly

Horse Track Crossing

Crossing

Cycleway

You pass a gravel horse track. To the left, over the water supply channel is the Pimelea Picnic Area.

Cotswold Road

Crossing

Cycleway

16.68

0:08:22

The Diary Picnic ground, Hilly.

Western Sydney Regional Park

Cycleway

You ride alongside the national equestrian course.

Very steep sections

Calmsley Hill Children’s Farm

Crossing

Driveway

17.76

0:04:23

Not very well designed if I remember correctly. Turn left onto the driveway of the farm.

Darling Street

Crossing

Cycleway

From here you leave the hills and it is pretty much downhill all the way to the end.

Dalbertis Street

Crossing

Cycleway

Maxwell Place

Street

A quiet Suburban Street. I think you are allowed to ride on the footpath.

Province Street

Street

Turn Left onto Province Street. (Keep heading down hill.)

Abbotsbury Shopping Center

Street

17.35

0:03:00

footpath track or road

Stockdale Crescent Reserve.

Cycleway

Has a little lake. Head to the left around the lake.

Water birds home

Cowpastures road

Overpass

Cycleway

19.15

0:03:59

The bridge. You will understand what I mean. Go up and over, then down, around, down, around, at the bottom, turn right and then right again.

Belfield Road

Crossing

Cycleway

Metal sculptures

Ode to bicycle speed record of 130.36 kmh

Sweethaven road

Crossing

Shared Footpath

20.97

0:06:57

Stay on your side. Go left along the road. Then cross over and follow the cycleway again.

Powhatan Street Reserve

Cycleway

For quite some time you will follow orphan school creek

Minmosa Road

Crossing

Cycleway

Cross Over, Take left forks to keep following creek, on the right hand side as you head downstream.

Transit Way

Crossing

Cycleway

Moonlight Road

Crossing

Cycleway

Smithfield road

Underpass

Cycleway

23.85

0:11:21

Take left fork before Smithfield Road to go under it.

After this you will now be on the left side of the creek.

Hamilton road

Crossing

Cycleway

King Street

Crossing

Cycleway

Bridge

Cycleway

A bridge over Orphan School Creek. You are now on the right side of the creek.

Cambridge street

Crossing

Cycleway

26.04

0:07:40

Otherwise known as the Cumberland Highway. You go under it using the storm water drain. I guess you should be wary on wet days as there may be lots of storm water.

Bridge

Cycleway

Cross back over to the left side of Orphan School Creek.

Fork

Cycleway

Stay left. Do not go over the bridge over the creek.

Fork

Cycleway

Stay Right and go down towards Orphan School Creek.

Left Canley Heights

Right Canley Vale

Bridge

Cycleway

Cross back to the right side of Orphan School Creek.

Sackville Street

Underpass

Cycleway

Go under.

Sackville Street

Service Road

Shared Footpath

Freeman Avenue

Crossing

Shared Footpath

Cross over Freeman Avenue and continue along shared footpath.

Adams Park

Cycleway

Turn Left onto the Cycleway.

Head for Fairfield/Parramatta

Railway Parade and Railway Line

Underpass

Cycleway

28.77

0:11:32

After going under both, turn right.

If you want to go back to the start, turn left and then cross the creek using the very narrow bridge. Then follow the cycle path thar runs beside the railway line back to the start.

First Avenue

Road

I didn’t actually go to the railway station. I turn left at the intersection before and rode back to Marrickville.

Canley Vale Railway Station.

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