Bellamy St to De Saxe Cl dog walking trail

15 min to 30 min

550 m
oneway

↑ 32 m
↓ -23 m

Moderate track
This short walk follows a concrete management trail between Bellamy St and De Saxe Close. This is one of a few dog friendly bushwalks in the Berowra Valley Regional Park. You walk through some beautiful bush with a good array of grass and eucalyptus trees. At the bottom of the valley a bridge spans ZigZag Creek allowing you to keep your feet dry. There are also some good information signs explaining the rich history of the railway line and quarry that once passed through here. The authorised dog walk exits up the steps to the base of De Saxe Cl. We have also include an alternate exit, staying on the main trail to then end of Timbarra Rd for those walking without dogs. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Picnic spot near the end of Bellamy St. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2009.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.7288118,151.0697813)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Pennant Hills Road, A28
  • Turn on to Wells Street then drive for 125 m
  • Turn left onto Yarrara Road and drive for another 390 m
  • Turn right onto Stevens Street and drive for another 255 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Stevens Street and drive for another 440 m
  • Turn right onto Bellamy Street and drive for another 325 m
Finish (-33.7253996,151.0695207)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Bus   Car   (There is free parking available.)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the end of Bellamy St (Pennant Hills), the walk passes around the locked metal gate and follows the 'To Westleigh' arrow downhill along the concrete management trail. After about 25m this walk leads past a picnic table (on the left) then over the next 50m this walk continues downhill past the 'Halls Camp' information sign, the 'Natures Filter' to come to an intersection with a dirt track (the Great North Walk) marked with an arrow pointing back up to 'Bellamy Street'.
Continue straight: From the intersection, this walk follows the 'The Jungo' arrow downhill along the wide concrete trail for 25m to cross over the culverted creek (with a green rail on one side). The walk continues down into the valley along the concrete trail for another 110m to come to a signposted intersection marked with a 'Great North Walk' sign (on your left), just before 'Zig Zag Creek' and the long bridge.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After 25 m head through/around the gate.
After another 15 m find the "Pinch Point" (9 m on your right).
Pinch Point
Pinch Point

Pinchpoints beside metal gate. The flattest gap beside the gate is 85cm wide, the bollards closer to the fence are 1.1m apart, but require going over grass and uneven ground. Gate and bollards are 1m high.
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Pinchpoints beside metal gate. The flattest gap beside the gate is 85cm wide, the bollards closer to the fence are 1.1m apart, but require going over grass and uneven ground. Gate and bollards are 1m high.

After another 60 m find the "Picnic Table" (on your left).
Picnic Table
Picnic Table

A timber slat picnic table and bench seat. The table is 80cm high, 71cm deep and 2.4m wide. The seats are 45cm high, 29cm deep and 2.07m wide. On a 3x3m concrete slab about 7m walk over rough grass from the trail.
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A timber slat picnic table and bench seat. The table is 80cm high, 71cm deep and 2.4m wide. The seats are 45cm high, 29cm deep and 2.07m wide. On a 3x3m concrete slab about 7m walk over rough grass from the trail.

The Jungo
After another 9 m (at the intersection of The Great North Walk & Timbarra Road - Bellamy Street Cycleway) by following the "The Jungo" sign continue straight, to head along Timbarra Road - Bellamy Street Cycleway.
After another 80 m pass the sign (6 m on your right).
Then cross the bridge (about 7 m long)
After another 15 m find the "Trip Hazard" (on your right).
Trip Hazard
Trip Hazard

Unfenced and unmarked edge with potential 80cm or higher fall into the creek. Keep clear of the culverts edge when crossing.
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Unfenced and unmarked edge with potential 80cm or higher fall into the creek. Keep clear of the culverts edge when crossing.

After another 165 m find the "Thornleigh zigzag railway" (10 m on your right).
Thornleigh zigzag railway
Thornleigh zigzag railway

The Thornleigh zigzag railway originally ran from the main rail line near Thornleigh to a historic quarry, near present day De Saxe Cl, Thornleigh. There are only minor fragments still visible today. The 'Heritage Trail' in Thornleigh has interpretive signs for the railway and the old Thornleigh Quarry. A book is available with some detail on railway and associated quarry: 'Sydney's Forgotten Quarry Railways' by John Oakes, ISBN 0 9757870 3 9
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The Thornleigh zigzag railway originally ran from the main rail line near Thornleigh to a historic quarry, near present day De Saxe Cl, Thornleigh. There are only minor fragments still visible today. The 'Heritage Trail' in Thornleigh has interpretive signs for the railway and the old Thornleigh Quarry. A book is available with some detail on railway and associated quarry: 'Sydney's Forgotten Quarry Railways' by John Oakes, ISBN 0 9757870 3 9

At the intersection of Timbarra Road - Bellamy Street Cycleway & The Great North Walk continue straight, to head along Timbarra Road - Bellamy Street Cycleway.
After another 25 m pass the sign (on your left).
After another 6 m cross the ford.
After another 8 m continue straight, to head along Timbarra Road - Bellamy Street Cycleway.
After another 95 m find the "Wheelchair Steep" (8 m on your left).
Wheelchair Steep
Wheelchair Steep

A 45m long section of concrete trail (3.3m wide) that is very steep. There is a metal handrail on one side for most of the steep section. If using a wheelchair assistance is very likely required.
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A 45m long section of concrete trail (3.3m wide) that is very steep. There is a metal handrail on one side for most of the steep section. If using a wheelchair assistance is very likely required.

After another 35 m find the "Seat" (35 m on your right).
Seat
Seat

Nine timber log seats in old quarry. The seats are 3.7m wide and typically 50cm high. Access is over a flat dirt path 40m from the concrete trail.
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Nine timber log seats in old quarry. The seats are 3.7m wide and typically 50cm high. Access is over a flat dirt path 40m from the concrete trail.

After another 55 m find the "Old Thornleigh Quarry" (on your right).
Old Thornleigh Quarry
Old Thornleigh Quarry

The old Thornleigh Quarry is located beside the Heritage Trail in Thornleigh, within Berowra Valley Regional Park. The quarry dates back to 1883 and was initially a source of 'ballast' for portions of the Sydney (Homebush) to Newcastle (Waratah) rail link. There is a firm, flat dirt track that leads about 40m from the concrete trail to the centre of the old quarry. You will find a series of log seats in this amphitheatre making this a pleasant spot to sit and enjoy the intriguing mix of nature and history. A book is available with some detail on this quarry and the associated zigzag railway: 'Sydney's Forgotten Quarry Railways' by John Oakes, ISBN 0 9757870 3 9
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The old Thornleigh Quarry is located beside the Heritage Trail in Thornleigh, within Berowra Valley Regional Park. The quarry dates back to 1883 and was initially a source of 'ballast' for portions of the Sydney (Homebush) to Newcastle (Waratah) rail link. There is a firm, flat dirt track that leads about 40m from the concrete trail to the centre of the old quarry. You will find a series of log seats in this amphitheatre making this a pleasant spot to sit and enjoy the intriguing mix of nature and history. A book is available with some detail on this quarry and the associated zigzag railway: 'Sydney's Forgotten Quarry Railways' by John Oakes, ISBN 0 9757870 3 9

The starting point of an alternate route. To take the alternate route continue straight here. Details below.
After another 30 m turn right.
Then head up the surface|wood steps (about 50 m long)
Veer left.
After another 9 m come to the end.

Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Timbarra Road - Bellamy Street Cycleway.
After another 50 m continue straight, to head along Timbarra Road - Bellamy Street Cycleway.
After another 80 m come to a gate.
"Pinch Point".
Pinch Point
Pinch Point

Pinchpoint beside metal gate. The gap beside the gate is 73cm wide. Gate and bollards are1m high.
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Pinchpoint beside metal gate. The gap beside the gate is 73cm wide. Gate and bollards are1m high.

The end.
At the end of this alternate route, rejoin the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Bellamy St to De Saxe Cl dog walking trail


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 550 m
Time 15 min to 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
Experience Required No experience required (1/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There is one 400 m from the start.


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