- Distance: 4.5 km/6471 steps
- Time: 45 minutes
- Suitability: Great walk to combine with a shopping trip down Maitland Heritage mall. Some sections across uneven terrain and steps, so challenging for those with wheels.
This walk starts at the car park in Sempill street, at the start of the cycleway by the river in Maitland CBD. If you follow signs to Walka Water Works you will see it on the right hand side by the riverbank.
Start by walking down the river bank on the marked cycleway and continue along the river. Stay on the path underneath the Belmore bridge and keep going as it ascends up on to the riverbank and then continue walking along the top of the bank on the grass.
You’ll see several properties with horse paddocks – amazing for somewhere so close to town! Continue along until just before there is a gate blocking further access, turn right and scramble down the grassy bank to Robins street. Walk up this street, turn right and then left at the next junction down Radford street, which turns into Raglan street as it bends around the rugby field on your left. Walk through the playground area and head down the pathway to your left, leading to the Smyth sports-fields. Go for a quick sprint or long-jump if the urge takes you, before continuing up to High street. Turn right and walk past the magnificent Maitland Regional Art Gallery on your right and keep going until you get to Cathedral street. Turn right, walk up the street and through the parking lot on your left. You will then see the steps to the river bank. Go up and now you just walk back along the river on the promenade which is coming back the way you started your walk, just at a higher level. You’ll pass (and perhaps visit) several inviting cafes, all with lovely river views. Cross the road at the Belmore bridge and join the initial pathway back to the parking lot.. Please see link below for a map of the walking route. Map of Maitland Riverwalk