dajackal wrote:duncanm wrote:Just on that last bit... the path really is 'off road'. Its a bunch of steep wood/dirt steps down through a weed-infested gully and back up again.
Ok if you don't mind a bit of bike portage I guess, though it'd be a mess in the rain. Then there's a steep short climb back up Wongala.
You don't seem averse to riding the footpath where it makes sense -- I take the eastern footpath on Beecroft and PH's road when ascending between Albert and Trebor Rd (which is where your business park is).
Alternative 2 is cross to the Eastern side of the railway at Chapman, then do Sutherland, steps to Clemente Cl, Azalea, Hampden, which brings you out at the Railway crossing at Pennant Hills.
I'm already commuting through that gully. I just go through the rocky trail that follows the train tracks to avoid the descent/ascent.
I currently cycle on sections of footpath on Beecroft Rd when coming up from my current residence in Epping. So I'm prepared to ride on footpath to stay alive Not fit enough to keep up with traffic just yet.Boognoss wrote:If you want to avoid riding the M2 illegally there's Renown Rd with the massive Big Dipper or ride to Castle Hill and go Crane Rd, Highs Rd, Taylor St, Aiken Rd. there's a footpath between Castlewood Drive and Highs Rd. IMO much better than Renown Rd but plenty of hills of course. No avoiding them anywhere in the Hills.
Thanks that sounds like a good alternative to the M2 route - I was actually worried I wouldn't be confident enough to ride on a motorway.
How do I cross from Castlewood to Highs? Is it through Castlewood Reserve like in the map here?
Yep 100% correct. The map you linked to shows the footpaths in the reserve to follow. It'll be obvious when you're there. Be careful of the wooden bridge if it's damp or wet as you pick up speed downhill eastbound and then the bridge and a slight right-handler is at the bottom.