- Distance: 4.7km / 6686 steps
- Time: ~50 min
- Summary: This is a walk around the older parts of Thornton and seems a world away from the glossy neighbouring Somerset development (walk #16). There’s a myriad of pathways connecting streets and it makes for a bit of a labyrinth. The paths are fairly old and cracked, and in some places over-grown, but should be ok for wheels.
Park at the Thornton shopping centre off Taylor avenue, in Thornton.
Walk across Taylor avenue and down the path through the bushland between Thornton public school and the housing development. When you get to an open clearing and the path divides into two, continue on the path to the right. Turn right again and walk up to Abercrombie close. Walk past Wren close and then look for the path on your left which will take you through the bushland. Stay on this path as it winds it way between the houses. Few houses have fences around their gardens so it feels a bit like you’re going right through people’s back yard, but it is a public path!
When you get to Haussman drive, turn right and walk up to Taylor avenue and turn right again. Walk down the street until you get to Sharp close on your left. Walk up here and turn right when you get to Evelyn crescent. Stay on this as it curves around and ends at Arthur avenue. Cross over and slightly to your right you’ll see a pathway. Go down here and this will take you to Malthaus close. Walk down this street and turn right onto John Arthur avenue.
Stay on this for quite a while until you see Lincoln close on your left. Walk down this short street and look for the path that will take you through to a wider pathway leading down to the sports-fields. Before you get that far though, look for a path on your right which will take you through to Avard close. Walk along here until the end where you get to Government road. Turn right and then right again at the next intersection with Thomas Coke drive.
Turn left at Reilly street and, if you would like to combine this walk with walk # 16 Somerset, turn right down Elizabeth close and follow the route from there. (Walks # 16 and 17 combined like this will be a total of about 7.2km). Otherwise, walk past Elizabeth close and look for a path on your right. This will take you through to Holford crescent. Turn left and left again, and then first right up Welwen crescent. Look for a path once you have turned the corner. This will take you through to Blakewell cresecent, cross over and slightly to your left you’ll see another pathway. This will take you past the Thornton park oval and ends at the shopping centre where you parked your car.
Please link for map of Thornton walk