- Distance: 4.9 km / 7000 steps
- Time: ~ 55 min
- Suitability: A longish walk with two fairly steep hill climbs, however perfect for wheels as it is all on paved roads or pathways. The route goes back and forth between Aberglasslyn and Rutherford and includes a lovely bit of bushland that unfortunately may disappear due to further residential development
Park at Norm Chapman oval in Dunkley street just off the New England highway, on the right shortly after the Rutherford shopping centre if coming from Newcastle.
Walk through the playground and turn left up Fairfax street. Stay on this until you get to Christine close, turn right and walk up the hill where you’ll see a pathway on your left. At the end of the path, cross the street and walk up Robert close. You’ll see another pathway on your left, go down here and you’re now on Adam Ave. Turn right and walk up the fairly steep hill until you get to Joshua close on your right. Walk up here after you have had a look at the view, and at the end there will be a pathway taking you through to the bushland.
This is a fantastic natural habitat providing much needed green space in amongst a fairly densely populated area. The pathway is colloquially called “Hannah’s walk”, named after a young girl who, together with her grandmother, is passionate about preserving this bushland which has (unfortunately) been zoned for development. See article in the Maitland Mercury about their efforts.
The pathway will take you through to Denton Park drive. Turn right and walk along this relatively busy road for 750m until you get to the Sanctuary reserve where you’ll see a pathway on your right. This takes you through to Honeyoak drive. Continue uphill and along until you get to Nardoo avenue on your right. Follow this as it curves around and then look for a pathway on your right which will take you through to Weblands street. Turn left and now you just follow this, past the Maitland Baptist Church facilities and once you get to Rutherford public school, Dunkley street will be across the road on your right. Go down here and it will take you back to where you parked your car.
Please see link for map of the Denton Park drive walk