Maitland walk #20: Tenambit

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  • Distance: 4.6km / 6629 steps
  • Time: ~ 50 min
  • Summary: A  nice walk through the suburb of Tenambit,
    both the older and newer parts. Quiet streets and beautiful jacaranda trees in
    bloom this time of year. Could be challenging with wheels in places due to lack
    of pavement.

Park by the Tenambit sports oval, just off Houston avenue.

Go left down Houston avenue and then left again down Jacob place. Go to the end and continue through the reserve along the golf course and you will get to Golf link road. Turn right up Tyrrells street, walk past Lena O’Brien park and Tenambit Community centre up to the t-section with Maize street. Turn left , walk past the shops and continue until you get to Chambers street on your right, just before going down the hill.

Go right, up to Thompson street and turn right again.  Walk along and Thompson street where you have some lovely views towards the mountains.  Thomson street turns into Collinson street and stay here until you get past Tenambit public school and turn left onto Edward street. Stay on Edward street and when it starts veering to the right it turns into Crofton avenue. Again, there are some lovely views across farmland towards the mountains.

Just down the hill, go left at Wirrah street and follow this until you reach Jenna drive. This is a newer subdivision with a fair bit of building going on, as well as still a few empty lots. Turn right and then left onto Laurie drive, and then right onto Riley James drive.  Follow this up the steep hill and around back to Jenna drive (right) and then turn left up Blackely avenue. This will take you through to Goldingham street, keep right and stay on this all the way back to Maize street and you will now see the Tenambit sports oval across the road.

Please see link for map of Tenambit walk

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Maitland walk # 14: Ashtonfield

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  • 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

 

 

Maitland Walk # 10: East Maitland

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  • Distance: 4.3 km/6143 steps
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Suitability: A nice, hilly walk around a well-established neighbourhood.  All on pavements or tarmac so fine for wheels. Great walk to combine with a visit to the Maitland Gaol.

Park at the commuter car park for east Maitland railway station, accessed from the roundabout in Melbourne street. Walk can also start from East Maitland pool car park if you wanted to combine with a swim.

Start by walking up Cumberland street, past Maitland Grossman High school.  You’ll see the Maitland Gaol on your right as you walk up the hill. Turn right on Narang street and walk along past the East Maitland pool and alongside the Plantation reserve. Turn right at Maize street and walk up the hill.  Turn immediately right down View street and then left onto Hinder street.  Continue along, past Centennial park and turn right into Murray street. Cross over Hunter street and walk up the narrow Speares lane which joins up with Victoria street.

Turn right onto Lindesay street and stay on this until you get to Kings street.  Walk down and cross over to Anzac park. Maitland Gaol is again on your right.  Walk down the footpath through the park and turn right when you get to the steps up to the railway overpass.  Walk up towards the magnificent East Maitland Court house and keep left around it until you get to John street.  Turn left and walk down to the car park where you started.

Please see link below for a map of the walking route. Map of East Maitland walk

Maitland Walk # 5: Windy Hill

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  • Distance: 4.1 km/5857 steps
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Suitability: A nice hilly walk around a lovely, well-established suburb.  The changes in elevation make it suitable for fitness walkers, but quite hard work for those pushing wheels.

This walk starts at the car park for Stockade Hill Heritage Park located in Brisbane street, close to the Williams street intersection, in East Maitland.

Walk down the hill to the left of the rotunda, there are some steps and a little bridge leading you down near the playground.  Continue down the gully until you get to Banks street. Turn left and then left again shortly thereafter up Flinders street.  This starts out as a narrow lane and then broadens out to a very wide street. When you get towards the top of the hill, admire the view towards Maitland park and then turn right down Sturt street.  There is a sharp turn to the left, continue alongside the reserve on your right and the street is now called Ultimo street.  Cross over Richardson street and continue on as Ultimo street joins up with Brunswick street.  When you get to Rous street, turn left and walk past the tennis courts and then down the hill until you get to Cooks Square park. Turn right, following the aptly named Park street around the bottom of the soccer ground past the East Maitland Scout hall. Continue straight along and once you get to Williams street you can turn left and you will shortly see the car park where you started across the road.  Alternatively, you can extend the walk slightly by crossing over Williams street, walk through the grounds of the St. Peters Anglican church to Banks street.  Turn left and then left again at the intersection with Brisbane street.  You now have a nice hill climb to finish off your walk before reaching the car park. Please see link for map of walk  Map of Windy Hill walk

Maitland Walk # 3: Metford

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  • Distance: 4.6 km/6572 steps
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Suitability: Good walk for getting to know a “hidden suburb” in East Maitland. All
    on concrete paths or tarmac so should be fine for wheels

This walk starts at the car park by Metford railway station in McCubbin Close, Metford.

Start by walking on the pathway along the sporting fields, past the skate park and continue across the little bridge and then turn right, just before Metford Public school.  Follow the path through the reserve until it ends by Cedar close. Turn right and walk up to Melaleuca drive, keep right and continue up to Chelmsford drive.  Cross over the road by Maitland Christian School, keep right and walk past the parking lot and turn left onto the narrow concrete pathway going alongside the playing fields. Stay on this until it ends at Stonehaven drive.  Turn right and walk down the hill to the pathway going through the reserve. Keep right and it then ends at Dumaresq parade.  Continue along this street until you get to O’Donnell crescent, turn left, and then left again onto Ingall street.  This turns into Schank drive on the corner with Metford Community Hall.  Keep to the left along the wide pavement and follow this all the way back to the car park. Please see link for map of walk  Map for Metford walk