Hassans Walls Ride
19km w/355m ascent
There are many places to start this ride from town however, we have selected the historic Blast Furnace as your departure point. A great central location with good parking, lots of history of Lithgow’s past plus clean bathrooms.
First go under the train line and then up and over the train lines and turn right on Main Street.
Ride past Renshaw‘s Bikes, which will be on your left and then turn left at the lights on to Lithgow Street.
Continue to follow the course and at ~2.6km you will be on Hassans Walls Road.
Then begin the ~3km climb, avg 5%. At ~3.3km into the ride, the road turns to gravel.
At ~5.8km follow the signs and veer right to go to Hassans Walls Lookout. Before you reach the raised walkway turn right and go towards the large telephone antenna to see the endless view to the West. Then head to the impressive Sir Joseph Cook Boardwalk. At this point you are at 1,116m above sea level and you will have magnificent views over Hartley Valley back towards Mount Victoria.
Jump back on your bike and when you get to the first intersection, turn right. You are now going the opposite direction from Lithgow and heading towards Bracey Lookout.
Enjoy riding on this Champagne gravel road which is just over one car width wide as you pedal through the beautiful Australian bush.
At ~8.5km turn left and pedal down to Bracey Lookout. This out and back section is ~2.1km each way.
There is a short and sharp descent down to the lookout, partly on tarmac, where you will have nice views over Lithgow and the Blast Furnace.
Please note: the best view is from the viewing platform, next to the car park area and just past the large sandstone rock. We suggest you do not go further down to the water tank, it is not worth the ride down and back up the very steep tarmac-ed road.
The first part of the climb out from the Bracey Lookout is a steep section of ~700m at ~9% with sections of +12%, so do not let the average fool you.
At ~12.8km turn left, the opposite direction to Hassans Walls. Just after that turn, at ~13.1km stop and pause for another spectacular view over Hartley Vale. To locate this lookout look for the large road blocks on your right hand side.
Then continue to head down on gravel, use caution on the descent as it is quite steep and has several sweeping corners.
At ~14.2km you are back on tarmac on Hartley Valley Road. Follow this road all the way down to Lithgow and turn left on Mort Street. This takes you all the way back into town where you will turn right at ~17.9km on Bridge Street to complete the loop back to the Blast Furnace.
Start and finish: Lithgow Blast Furnace
Accommodation Information : To see a range of accommodation available in the Seven Valleys, click here.
Bathrooms/Facilities: Start & Finish
Food & Water: Several options in Lithgow but none once you are on the loop
Renshaw’s Bikes Lithgow: 199 Main Street, Lithgow NSW Ph: +61 2 6355 5500
Phone Reception: Coverage in the Lithgow is excellent, however there is very limited coverage in the remote areas including the National Parks. (See ‘Cycling Check List’ which lists the major mobile phone carriers coverage maps.)
Bikes: Gravel/MTB/Hybrid Flat Bar/ e-versions of these bikes with suitable gravel tyres
Paved v’s un-paved: 51% v’s 49%
Highest & Lowest Elevation: 1135m above sea-level at 12.4km / 920m above sea-level at 2km
Level: Beginner and up
Timing: 0:57 @ 20 kph/1:00 @ 18 kph/1:10 @ 16 kph/1:20 @ 14 kph
Cue-sheet: turn by turn instructions can be found on the Ride with GPS
Notes : There is a decent climb to start this ride plus a very fast gravel descent to finish the loop.
Please make sure you go through the ‘Cycling Check List’ below.
- Your own cycling safety is your responsibility so stay aware and take stock of your surroundings
- Follow the road rules at all times
- Check your bike and equipment before you depart, i.e. tyre condition, well lubed chain, helmet condition etc. Make sure it is all in good working order and if in doubt take it to your local bike shop before you venture out
- Always tell someone where you are going and your estimated time of return
- If you open any gates, please close them immediately once you pass through them
- Check the weather forecast for the area where you will be riding
- Carry maps &/or a well charged GPS device for the area you are riding in
- Carry spare tubes, tyre levers, pump and multi-tool at a minimum
- Always carry enough water, food and suncream as you will be in remote areas
- It is highly recommended that you do not ride alone in remote areas
- Always be aware that roads and conditions regularly change, especially in NSW Forestry, National Parks and on country gravel roads
- Check the Live Traffic website for information about Road Closures: https://www.livetraffic.com/
- Phone coverage is not always available, but a well charged phone should be carried in case of emergency
- Mobile phone coverage providers:
Telstra : https://www.telstra.com.au/coverage-networks/our-coverage
Optus : https://www.optus.com.au/living-network/coverage
Vodaphone : https://www.vodafone.com.au/network/coverage-checker
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