Gordon to Roseville Station (Riverside Walk)
Darug Country

4 h 30 min to 6 h 45 min

13.2 km
oneway

↑ 297 m
↓ -310 m

Hard track
This walk goes from Gordon, to Roseville station, using the Riverside Walking Track. From DeBurghs Bridge, the walk follows the western bank of the Lane Cove River, passing many picnic areas and the Lane Cove River Boat Shed. The scenic walk along the Lane Cove River provides plenty of opportunities for a picnic or to kick the ball around before heading up to Roseville Station. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darug people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Vale St entrance to Blackbutt Servicetrail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Blackbutt Servicetrail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sign on Blackbutt Servicetrail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track up from Lady Game Drive. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track down from Allen Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sign next to Ryde Rd. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track to Riverside walk. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Riverside Walking Track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Porters Creek Bridge. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Ironbark Picnic Area. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sign below weir. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Fullers Park. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track up to Valley View Close. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track at Valley View Close. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Stairs up the Rifleway. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.7560461,151.1540924)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.) Train
DirectionsFrom Pacific Highway, A1
  • Turn on to St Johns Avenue then drive for 100 m
  • Turn slight left onto Wade Lane and drive for another 20 m
Finish (-33.7845601,151.1778439)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the top of the station, this walk heads towards the shops, down the stairs and to the road next to Gordon Station bus depot.
From Gordon Station bus depot, this walk heads up the hill of St Johns Ave to the Pacific Highway. The walk crosses to the other side at the pedestrian crossing. From here, this walk follows the shop fronts up the Pacific Highway, then turns left onto Moree St. This street is followed until the walk turns right onto Vale St. This walk continues along Vale St for a short time to the intersection with the bush track on the left of the street.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 7 m continue straight.
After another 60 m continue straight.
After another 20 m pass the "Pure Brew" (on your right).
After another 40 m pass the "Pottery Green Bakers" (25 m on your left).
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Continue straight.
After another 110 m pass the "Mehfil Indian Restaurant" (25 m on your left).
Turn left.
After another 8 m continue straight.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Pacific Highway & Moree Street) turn left, to head along Moree Street (a residential road).
After another 40 m continue straight, to head along Moree Street.
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Moree Street.
After another 15 m pass the "Little Gem" (on your right).
After another 230 m (at the intersection of Moree Street & Hanson Way) continue straight, to head along Moree Street.
After another 190 m (at the intersection of Moree Street & St Johns Walk) continue straight, to head along Moree Street.
After another 155 m (at the intersection of Vale Street & Moree Street) turn right, to head along Vale Street.
After another 85 m (at the intersection of Vale Street & Blackbutt Creek Track) turn left, to head along Blackbutt Creek Track (a vehicle track).
After another 25 m continue straight, to head along Blackbutt Creek Track.
After another 30 m head through/around the gate.
After another 420 m continue straight, to head along Blackbutt Creek Track.
After another 40 m cross the ford.
After another 255 m continue straight, to head along Blackbutt Creek Track.
After another 1 km turn right, to head along Blackbutt Creek Track.
After another 10 m cross the ford.
After another 105 m head through/around the gate.
At the intersection of Lady Game Drive & Blackbutt Creek Track turn left, to head along Lady Game Drive (a highway|tertiary).
After another 360 m (at the intersection of De Burgh Road & Lady Game Drive) turn right, to head along De Burgh Road (a residential road).
After another 15 m continue straight, to head along De Burgh Road.
After another 235 m (at the intersection of Beaumont Road & De Burgh Road) turn right, to head along Beaumont Road.
After another 100 m (at the intersection of Beaumont Road & Manning Road) continue straight, to head along Beaumont Road.
After another 540 m turn right.
After another 510 m find the "Allen Park" (on your left).
Allen Park
Allen Park

Allen Park is a very small grassed clearing at the end of Blaxland Rd. The park is not shaded and backs onto a house. The park is a thoroughfare to access the Great North Walk from Blaxland Rd.
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Allen Park is a very small grassed clearing at the end of Blaxland Rd. The park is not shaded and backs onto a house. The park is a thoroughfare to access the Great North Walk from Blaxland Rd.

Continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 50 m pass the sign (on your right).
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 130 m cross the ford.
Continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 70 m continue straight, to head along The Great North Walk.
After another 115 m veer right.
After another 60 m pass the sign (9 m on your left).
Then head up the 7 steps (about 3 m long)
After another 50 m continue straight.
After another 35 m turn sharp left.
After another 7 m cross the bridge (about 190 m long)
Then cross the bridge (about 7 m long)
Then head down the earthen steps (about 25 m long)
After another 9 m turn right.
After another 200 m turn left, to head along Riverside Walk.
After another 10 m head down the 38 concrete steps (about 20 m long)
Then pass the sign (on your left).
After another 15 m head down the 6 steps (about 4 m long)
After another 880 m cross the bridge (about 7 m long)
Then head down the 6 stone steps
After another 520 m head up the 11 surface|wood steps (about 4 m long)
After another 2 m (at the intersection of Riverside Drive & Riverside Walk) turn left, to head along Riverside Drive (a vehicle track).
After another 9 m cross the Porters Creek Bridge (about 10 m long)
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Riverside Drive & Riverside Walk) turn left, to head along Riverside Walk (a walking track).
After another 6 m head down the 5 steps (about 5 m long)
After another 305 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 180 m head down the 11 earthen steps (about 8 m long)
After another 135 m cross the bridge (about 4 m long)
After another 9 m head down the 7 earthen steps (about 6 m long)
After another 370 m continue straight, to head along Riverside Walk.
After another 155 m come to the viewpoint.
After another 20 m head up the 15 stone steps (about 6 m long)
After another 55 m head down the 13 surface|wood steps (about 5 m long)
After another 340 m head through/around the gate.
Turn left.
Then pass the toilet (25 m on your right).
After another 35 m turn left.
After another 30 m head through/around the gate.
After another 230 m pass the shelter (25 m on your right).
After another 40 m cross the bridge (about 5 m long)
After another 110 m continue straight, to head along Riverside Walk.
After another 20 m find the "13 Cottonwood Glen" (5 m on your right).
13 Cottonwood Glen
13 Cottonwood Glen

Cottonwood Glen picnic area is a large open grassy spot on the bank of the Lane Cove River. There is a grove of trees along the edge of the river, but you can still get clear views across the water from the car park area. There are several picnic tables and a small toilet block just up the hill.
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Cottonwood Glen picnic area is a large open grassy spot on the bank of the Lane Cove River. There is a grove of trees along the edge of the river, but you can still get clear views across the water from the car park area. There are several picnic tables and a small toilet block just up the hill.

After another 130 m continue straight, to head along Riverside Walk.
After another 225 m continue straight.
After another 25 m find the "9 Carters Creek" (9 m on your left).
9 Carters Creek
9 Carters Creek

Carters Creek Picnic Area is the ninth formal picnic space along this stretch of the Lane Cove River. This picnic area is home to a couple of sheltered picnic tables, a gas BBQ a large open grassy area, garbage bins, toilets and a car park. There is some limited access to the river view. A pleasant spot among the tall gums.
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Carters Creek Picnic Area is the ninth formal picnic space along this stretch of the Lane Cove River. This picnic area is home to a couple of sheltered picnic tables, a gas BBQ a large open grassy area, garbage bins, toilets and a car park. There is some limited access to the river view. A pleasant spot among the tall gums.

After another 45 m pass the toilet (15 m on your right).

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Continue straight, to head along Riverside Walk.
After another 35 m head through the bollard.
After another 195 m head down the 12 metal steps (about 4 m long)
After another 135 m cross the bridge (about 2 m long)
After another 85 m pass the BBQ (10 m on your right).
After another 85 m find the "Picnic Table" (on your right).
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

2 tables are 73cm high, 90cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 36cm high, 31cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest).
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2 tables are 73cm high, 90cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 36cm high, 31cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest).

After another 15 m continue straight, to head along Riverside Walk.
After another 35 m find the "Lane Cove Boatshed" (30 m on your right).
Lane Cove Boatshed
Lane Cove Boatshed

Lane Cove Boatshed, in Lane Cove National Park, is situated on the bank of the (you guessed it) Lane Cove River. You can hire rowboats, kayaks, pedal boats, bikes and canoes, for different ways to enjoy the river. The shop also sells ice-creams, chips and drinks. The shed is open on weekend from 10am - 5pm. During summer school holidays, the shop is also open from 12-5pm. For more info, call Greg on 0418600695.
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Lane Cove Boatshed, in Lane Cove National Park, is situated on the bank of the (you guessed it) Lane Cove River. You can hire rowboats, kayaks, pedal boats, bikes and canoes, for different ways to enjoy the river. The shop also sells ice-creams, chips and drinks. The shed is open on weekend from 10am - 5pm. During summer school holidays, the shop is also open from 12-5pm. For more info, call Greg on 0418600695.

After another 30 m find the "Picnic Table" (8 m on your right).
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

The table is 73cm high, 74cm deep and 3m wide. The seats are 41cm high, 29cm deep and 3m wide (no backrest).
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The table is 73cm high, 74cm deep and 3m wide. The seats are 41cm high, 29cm deep and 3m wide (no backrest).

After another 50 m find the "Pinch Point" (on your right).
Pinch Point
Pinch Point

Track narrow to a maximum width of 80cm at this point.
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Track narrow to a maximum width of 80cm at this point.

After another 45 m come to the "Wheelchair Rough".
Wheelchair Rough
Wheelchair Rough

Two sections (of about 15m each) of the track have exposed tree route, making the ground uneven and creating trip hazards.
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Two sections (of about 15m each) of the track have exposed tree route, making the ground uneven and creating trip hazards.

Then find the "Illoura Picnic Shelter" (15 m on your right).
Illoura Picnic Shelter
Illoura Picnic Shelter

The park brick picnic shelter is on the bank of the Lane Cove River, near the Boatshed. There are two picnic tables in the shelter. The tables are 78cm high, 93cm deep and 2.1m wide. The second table is 4.3m wide. The seats are 44cm high, 29cm deep and 2.1m wide. The second table has seats that are 3.7m. Outside the shelter is another picnic table and wood BBQ. The picnic shelter is nestled in a grove of trees between the carpark and the open grassy Illoura picnic area. There is a small toilet block across the road
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The park brick picnic shelter is on the bank of the Lane Cove River, near the Boatshed. There are two picnic tables in the shelter. The tables are 78cm high, 93cm deep and 2.1m wide. The second table is 4.3m wide. The seats are 44cm high, 29cm deep and 2.1m wide. The second table has seats that are 3.7m. Outside the shelter is another picnic table and wood BBQ. The picnic shelter is nestled in a grove of trees between the carpark and the open grassy Illoura picnic area. There is a small toilet block across the road

After another 50 m find the "Illoura Picnic Area" (25 m on your right).
Illoura Picnic Area
Illoura Picnic Area

The Illoura Picnic Area in Lane Cove National Park, is an open grassy area beside the river and about 140m downstream of the Boatshed. The picnic area has a water tap, picnic tables and wood fired BBQ. On the other side of the Riverside Drive is a small toilet block. The eastern edge of the picnic area is a large brick picnic shelter.
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The Illoura Picnic Area in Lane Cove National Park, is an open grassy area beside the river and about 140m downstream of the Boatshed. The picnic area has a water tap, picnic tables and wood fired BBQ. On the other side of the Riverside Drive is a small toilet block. The eastern edge of the picnic area is a large brick picnic shelter.

After another 120 m find the "Potable Water" (20 m on your right).
Potable Water
Potable Water

A water tap on the grass, handle is 84cm high.
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A water tap on the grass, handle is 84cm high.

After another 25 m find the "Picnic Table" (15 m on your right).
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

A timber slat picnic table under a tree. The table is 72cm high, 92cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 34cm high, 30cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest).
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A timber slat picnic table under a tree. The table is 72cm high, 92cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 34cm high, 30cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest).

After another 8 m find the "BBQ" (20 m on your right).
BBQ
BBQ

An timber fired BBQ. Plate is 90cm high, 46cm wide and 42cm deep.
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An timber fired BBQ. Plate is 90cm high, 46cm wide and 42cm deep.

After another 15 m find the "Seat" (15 m on your right).
Seat
Seat

A timber slat picnic table under a tree. The table is 74cm high, 92cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 38cm high, 30cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest).
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A timber slat picnic table under a tree. The table is 74cm high, 92cm deep and 2.1m wide. The seats are 38cm high, 30cm deep and 2.1m wide (no backrest).

After another 130 m find the "Lane Cove River Lookout" (on your left).
Lane Cove River Lookout
Lane Cove River Lookout

Found along the timber boardwalk on the banks of the Lane Cove River, just up stream from the weir, is this lovely viewing platform. The boardwalk and platform are fenced (1.1m high), there are two main seats and a stepped area for extra seating. The views extend upstream for about 250m and is a great spot to watch water birds and the occasional paddle boat.
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Found along the timber boardwalk on the banks of the Lane Cove River, just up stream from the weir, is this lovely viewing platform. The boardwalk and platform are fenced (1.1m high), there are two main seats and a stepped area for extra seating. The views extend upstream for about 250m and is a great spot to watch water birds and the occasional paddle boat.

Then find the "Seat" (on your right).
Seat
Seat

Two timber seats, 43cm high, 48cm deep and 1.8m wide with no arm or backrest.
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Two timber seats, 43cm high, 48cm deep and 1.8m wide with no arm or backrest.

After another 20 m turn sharp left.
After another 15 m turn right.
After another 35 m find the "Lane Cove Weir" (30 m on your left).
Lane Cove Weir
Lane Cove Weir

The Lane Cove River Weir was built in 1938 during the depression. The motivation for building the lake was to make the area more appealing for visitors' picnics. The weir created environmental issues such as silting and a decline in native fish populations. In more recent years, a 'fish ladder' has been constructed to allow fish to undertake their natural migration route for breeding. The weir proves an easy way for walkers to cross the Lane Cove River whilst enjoying the views up and downstream.
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The Lane Cove River Weir was built in 1938 during the depression. The motivation for building the lake was to make the area more appealing for visitors' picnics. The weir created environmental issues such as silting and a decline in native fish populations. In more recent years, a 'fish ladder' has been constructed to allow fish to undertake their natural migration route for breeding. The weir proves an easy way for walkers to cross the Lane Cove River whilst enjoying the views up and downstream.

Then find the "Trip Hazard" (on your left).
Trip Hazard
Trip Hazard

The edges of the weir are ungraded and there is a significant drop with water hazards. Keep clear of edges.
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The edges of the weir are ungraded and there is a significant drop with water hazards. Keep clear of edges.

After another 15 m find the "Seat" (on your left).
Seat
Seat

Two timber seats, 40cm high, 38cm deep and 1.8m wide with a 35cm backrest and no arm rests.
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Two timber seats, 40cm high, 38cm deep and 1.8m wide with a 35cm backrest and no arm rests.

After another 45 m veer right.
After another 30 m find the "Koonjeree Picnic Area" (7 m on your left).
Koonjeree Picnic Area
Koonjeree Picnic Area

Koonjeree Picnic Area is at the southern end of Lane Cove National Park, just near Fullers Bridge. The picnic area boasts free gas barbecues, flushing toilets, town tap water, picnic tables and shelters, a large open area and car parking. On the bank of the Lane Cove River, this is a pleasant spot to enjoy the park.
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Koonjeree Picnic Area is at the southern end of Lane Cove National Park, just near Fullers Bridge. The picnic area boasts free gas barbecues, flushing toilets, town tap water, picnic tables and shelters, a large open area and car parking. On the bank of the Lane Cove River, this is a pleasant spot to enjoy the park.

Continue straight.
After another 25 m turn left, to head along Riverside Drive.
Then pass the BBQ (5 m on your left).
After another 35 m find the "Toilet" (15 m on your right).
Toilet
Toilet

Male and female toilet block. Entrance is 75cm wide with 2 9cm steps, hand basins 87cm high, cubical doors 65cm wide, toilet seat 42cm high. Male toilet has a urinal with 6cm step. No handrails.
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Male and female toilet block. Entrance is 75cm wide with 2 9cm steps, hand basins 87cm high, cubical doors 65cm wide, toilet seat 42cm high. Male toilet has a urinal with 6cm step. No handrails.

After another 20 m find the "Potable Water" (15 m on your right).
Potable Water
Potable Water

Drinking fountain, 87cm high.
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Drinking fountain, 87cm high.

After another 30 m head through/around the gate.

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After another 25 m (at the intersection of Delhi Road & Riverside Drive) turn right, to head along Delhi Road (a highway|primary).
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Delhi Road & River Avenue) turn left, to head along River Avenue (a residential road).
After another 15 m (at the intersection of River Avenue & The Great North Walk) turn sharp left (a footpath).
After another 15 m pass the "The Great North Walk" (5 m on your right).
After another 60 m find the "Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill" (25 m on your right).
Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill
Riverside Cafe Bar & Grill

The Riverside Cafe is found at the end of service road on the south-west corner of Fullers Bridge. The nicely renovated building looks over the Lane Cove River and is open 7 days, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is cafe-style and meals are priced upwards from $13. Ph: (02) 9412 3773.
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The Riverside Cafe is found at the end of service road on the south-west corner of Fullers Bridge. The nicely renovated building looks over the Lane Cove River and is open 7 days, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is cafe-style and meals are priced upwards from $13. Ph: (02) 9412 3773.

After another 10 m head down the steps (about 7 m long)
Then cross the bridge (about 60 m long)
After another 6 m continue straight.
After another 15 m turn left, to head along Lady Game Drive.
After another 45 m (at the intersection of Blue Gum Creek Walking Track & Lady Game Drive) turn right, to head along Blue Gum Creek Walking Track (a vehicle track).
After another 40 m head through/around the gate.
After another 380 m head into the "Fullers Park".
After another 150 m continue straight.
After another 40 m pass the "Chatswood Rifle Range" (25 m on your right).
After another 120 m continue straight.
After another 210 m turn right.
After another 65 m turn left, to head along Valley View Close.
After another 3 m turn right.
After another 80 m turn right, to head along Longford Street.
After another 110 m (at the intersection of Shirley Road & Longford Street) turn left, to head along Shirley Road.
After another 180 m (at the intersection of Shirley Road & Abingdon Road) veer right, to head along Shirley Road.
After another 135 m continue straight, to head along Shirley Road.
After another 70 m (at the intersection of Shirley Road & Glen Road) continue straight, to head along Shirley Road.
After another 290 m (at the intersection of Shirley Road & Alston Way) continue straight, to head along Shirley Road.
After another 205 m (at the intersection of Shirley Road & The Rifleway) turn right, to head along The Rifleway (a footpath).
After another 185 m (at the intersection of Larkin Street & The Rifleway) continue straight (a steps).
Then head up the steps (about 60 m long)
Continue straight.
After another 60 m turn right, to head along Pacific Highway.
After another 35 m turn left.
After another 9 m continue straight.
After another 35 m cross the bridge
After another 15 m come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Gordon to Roseville Station (Riverside Walk)


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 13.2 km
Time 4 h 30 min to 6 h 45 min
Quality of track Rough track, where fallen trees and other obstacles are likely (4/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Minimal directional signs (4/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities (such as cliffs not fenced, significant creeks not bridged) (4/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 8.6 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 4.4 km apart with the largest gap of 8.3 km.

Seat: There are 3 on route, on average they are 3.3 km apart with the largest gap of 10.1 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
8.3 km[toilet]
Shelter
8.6 km[shelter]
Toilet
9.2 km[toilet]
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