Commute Northern Sydney using Epping Road
Cammeray to North Ryde - 11 kms One Way
There is a pretty decent separated cycle track that starts near the Long Gully bridge in Cammeray and runs along side the Gore Hill Fwy and down Epping road. I jumped on it at Bicentential Reserve in Willoughby because there is good parking and a decent cafe in that park. In the google map link, you will see the start of the trail in Hamilton Lane.
The trail runs along and under the M1 and alongside the Epping Road which sits above the M2 when it is the Lane Cove Tunnel.
Here is the map of Epping Rd and nearby trails >>
Along the trail which is generally not for kids, you have to concentrate on the following.
•12 road crossings (do not jump the lights on these as cars turn at a good pace into these roads
•You need to watch the line markings on the 4m wide trail because the markings are mixed. sometimes for walkers on the left and sometimes its on the right.
•When you pass Delhi road, there are a number of driveways and as the trail is still good quality, you may be seduced into traveling too fast. I just missed T boning a car that just popped out and I was going slow as always.
The trail stops at Lane Cove road and there are bike signs to different suburbs after that. I rode past around the cemetery and to the gates of Lane Cove national park. You will find road riding and fire trails in the park.
One feature of the trail is that there are two 100m hills to climb up and roll down. One of these is Longueville Rd where there are some good cafes.
If you working in the North Ryde area, see if you can work out a way to ride to work some days rather than driving all the way up the M2 from the city. Experiment by going really early with your bike on the train and then work out a plan after that.
The nearest stations are Artarmon and North Ryde. Crossing Epping Rd to get to North Ryde station requires patience. Lane Cove National Park can be reached by going past North Ryde station and riding down the quiet road on the side of the cemetery. The trails in the national park at this end are shared roads only.
Extensions to This Trail
Starting in Willoughby
End at Lane Cove Road - Now to Lane Cove National Park
North Ryde station >> photos now going back to Willoughby
Its hilly and tough to work out which road or path to go down to get from the Harbour Bridge to Greenwich Ferry Terminal. But the views are FANTASTIC. Best Sydney Harbour Bridge views, great Opera House views, views of Balmain and even the Anzac bridge. And then there are a few really nice parks that you can casually ride through and quite a number of coffee shops on the trail.
Finally there are a number of stations nearby including St Leonards, the super positioned Wollstonecraft with its cute little coffee shop for humans and dogs next door, Waverton and Milsons Point.
Challenge: Cycle from Greenwich to Woolwich
The purpose of this trail is to do a loop from Greenwich to Woolwhich and use the ferry to return. Check your Ferry times before you start to make sure its available. On weekends its once an hour. The next criteria is to stay off River Rd because its one of the worst roads to ride on in Sydney. No verge, steep hills, fast commuters.
So the trail as mapped in thin black has about 400m of walking your bike including steps or rocks on forest paths. Maybe 100 steps in total. It was hard with the eBike in walk mode.
Alternatives. Join the northern side of River Rd at St Vincents rd and ride the footpath. You could skip tamborine park which is easy walking on a bush trail and go up River Rd West
This is not a trail for teenagers, anyone with fear of roads or anyone who has a poor back.
Rated: Hilly and technical with roads
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