A common theme amongst Sydney cyclists is that the cycle paths are terrible. Well that is certainly true in middle suburbs like Punchbowl and Greenacre and much of the North Shore but its not the case as you head into the newer suburbs in the far west. Great small examples out west are Potts Hill and The Ponds and really big examples are Old Windsor Rd, the M7 Cycleway and around Narellan.
Narellan you say ! That was where I just rode and it’s a good place to just cruise on shared paths for a long way.
The Leppington Triangle
With the completion of a great cycle track on The Northern Rd from Oran Park to Bringelly, there is now a 35km triangle shared path loop near the southern end of the M7. Just head out on Camden Valley way from the end of the M7 and keep going till you reach the point where it intersects Cowpasture Rd (my starting point on map below). You then can keep following the road west and it becomes Bringelly Rd or head south west on Camden Valley way. Both have shared paths. Lets go with the Bringelly Rd option. Its 10km to The Northern rd. Many road cyclists go on the road, the shared path is brand new, that is my preference. At Northern Rd, you head south. The shared path is on the west side but I didn’t know this and headed down the east side and soon found the shared path that goes all the way to Oran Park on the east side.
At Oran Park you have a dilemma because the cycleway doesn’t continue all the way into Narellan. If you are in a hurry, head up Peter Brock drive and then down Skaife St to Oran Park Rd. If you want some park, follow my path and if you want some lake, follow The Northern to Harrington Park Lake and then head north. Anyway make you way across to Oran Park rd and then down to Camden Valley Way. Follow that back to the intersection of Bringelly Rd. Camden Valley Rd Cycleway is not as good quality as the other two sides of the triangle. And its noisier. Probably avoid Cowpasture Rd unless you are in a hurry. It is a shared path but it is old and has a few crossings.
I also show the Parklands Trail on the map at the top of the trail. It is for the adventurous.
All The Way to Macarthur or Campbelltown
Two years ago, I did this by started at the M7 Cycleway near Prestons and followed the shared path all the way to Narellan along the Camden Valley Way. At Narellan it took me a little while to realise I needed to be on the south side of Narellan Rd and then it was shared path except for 500m all the way to Macarthur Station where I boarded the train back to Glenfield. This was 30kms of riding and an easy trip on the train. At Glenfield I rode back to my car at Prestons.
This ride has some hills and a few well managed road crossings. 30km if you go to Glenfield. Not the most exciting path but the ability to constantly ride and see some new suburbs makes it worth a visit. There are a few service stations along the way and Mt Annan and some “new suburb pond rides” are worthwhile side trips. Check out the photos, the trail looks like the few I have posted all the way.
The bigger part of the story is this trail opens up a new super off road ride from Macarthur all the way to Parramatta on the M7 Cycleway and then down Old Windsor Rd. This will be 60km. Good luck, take water on the M7 …
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