- Distance: 4.5 km / 6443 steps
- Time: ~ 45 min
- Suitability: A fitness walk exploring both the newer and the more established parts of this relatively young suburb. Mostly on pavements or tarmac so fine for wheels, albeit a bit hilly. This route follows a number of narrow pathways up the hill and then curved roads back down so it feels a bit like being in a game of snakes and ladders!
Park in Austral close just off Magnetic Drive, which is in a brand new subdivision of Ashtonfield.
Start by walking down Magnetic drive, either on the road or on the gravel path that goes alongside it and the reserve on the right hand side. Follow the path around the pond and further along until you run out of path. Cross over the road and you’ll see a pathway between the houses (just after Ashmore close if you’re walking on the road).
Walk up here and you’ll be on Pacific crescent. Cross over, look right and you’ll see another pathway going up between the houses. Go up here and you’re now on Samoa close. Turn left and walk down to Turtle avenue, keep right and again you will see a narrow footpath on your right! Walk up here, cross over South Sea drive and continue on the path on the other side. This ends up in Midway close, turn left and then right onto Adele crescent.
The entry to the reserve is clearly marked, continue on the path around the reserve in an anti-clockwise direction. The path will take you up past Ashtonfield primary school, turn right and walk down Norfolk street. Follow this ¾ of the way around the Hunter Valley Grammar school which will take you back up to South Sea drive. Continue along until you see Airlie street on your right. Walk down and as the road curves around at the bottom of the hill you’ll see Magnetic drive again on your right. Walk down here and you’ll shortly be back where you started.
Please see link for map of walk Map of Ashtonfield walk