Maitland Walk # 17: Thornton

Thornton

  • 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

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Maitland Walk # 16: Somerset

Somerset

  • Distance: 4.6km / 6629 steps
  • Time: ~ 50 minutes
  • Summary: A lovely walk around the newly established suburb of Somerset, part of
    Thornton.  Nice wide paths and beautifully kept reserves, including several duck ponds, make this a very pleasant stroll for feet and/or wheels.

Park at the Thornton shopping centre off Taylor avenue, in Thornton

Look for the path between the Thornton Park oval and the shopping centre and follow it down to Blakewell crescent.  Cross over and you’ll see another pathway a little to your right. This takes you to Welwen crescent.  Turn right and once you have turned the corner, look for a pathway on your right which will take you through to Government road.  Turn left and left again onto Reilly street.  Walk up here and then right down Elizabeth close.  At the end you’ll see a pathway that will take you through to Government road.  Cross over and turn right and keep left as the road splits in two and you should see a path on your left.

Walk down here and go left as the path splits. This takes you to the first of the three duck ponds on this walk! Stay on the path as it meanders in between the housing development.  The path crosses over Somerset drive and continue along until you see some bushland on your right.  Go right here and follow this path around the duck pond and then you’ll have to walk on the road for a little bit.  Walk past the playground and then you’ll see another path along the third (and final) duck pond.

Once you’ve walked around the pond you’ll be back on Somerset drive. Turn left and walk along until you see a path on your right in between the houses.  Walk up here through to Lemonwood circuit.  Keep left and around the corner you’ll see another path which will take you back to Somerset drive again.  Cross over and walk down Willow close. At the end there will be a path, go right and follow this along whilst admiring the view across the fields towards the railway line. Keep left and the path will end in Redman cove.  Walk up to Eurimbla street, which turns into Taylor avenue, and this will take you back up to where you parked your car.

Please see link for Map of Somerset walk