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About York Cycle Rides - The Heron’s Highway
A quiet, easy ride suitable for families, both leisure cyclists and mountain bikers on dual use (walkers and cyclists) dirt and gravel riverside tracks and the quiet back roads of York.
Loops of varying distance from 2.6 kilometres to 7 kilometres can be ridden singly or combined. Starting from the suspension bridge in Avon Park, past a cluster of heritage buildings the trail meanders beside the Avon River. It emerges onto bitumen roads that provide gentle slopes and scenic views of Walwaling (Mt. Bakewell) and Wongborel (Mt. Brown).
Candice Bateman Memorial Park is a great place for a rest stop or picnic with facilities and play equipment. You can take a loop past the York Cemetery with its imposing C19th High Victorian Gothic sculptural monuments or return along Newcastle street to the suspension bridge and Avon Park.
York is just over an hour’s drive from Perth through beautiful bush and rolling farmland and has several linking walk and cycle trails that you can mix and match to suit yourself.
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Time / Duration
Loops of varying distance from 2.6km to 7km
What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities) required.
What To Pack
Group A (Urban trails or short trails near facilities)
- Full large water bottle per person.
- Sun hat or bike helmet (compulsory in WA).
- Sunglasses, sunscreen (30+) and insect repellant.
- Clothes to suit the activity and potential weather conditions (See suggestions below).
- Binoculars and camera (optional).
Suspension bridge, Avon Park, York. Approximately 100 kilometres and 1 hour plus from Perth.
Recommended for novice riders. Typically wide trails with smooth terrain and low gradients. Surface may be uneven, loose or muddy at times but free from unavoidable obstacles.
Visit Trail Tips for further information.
Hazards & WarningsCyclists dismount when crossing the suspension bridge, - it swings! Optional ford crossing in summer months only (usually passable from October to April ) cyclists dismount as surface is rocky and unstable. Beware snakes in summer months.
FacilitiesThere are public toilets, picnic facilities, water and play equipment for children in Avon Park (the other side of the suspension bridge) and Candice Bateman Memorial Park.
Parking is in Janet Millett Lane or near Avon Park. There is a fenced, dog off-lead exercise area adjacent to Candice Bateman Memorial Park.
- Car Park
- Dog Friendly
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- Water Access Points
Best time of year
All year round. Temperatures can be hot during January and February.
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Holy Trinity Anglican Church (1854)Built in 1854 and consecrated in 1858, convicts would have worshipped here. The tower and other additions were added between 1891 and 1905. It contains a magnificent Alfred Pease pipe organ and stained glass windows designed by Robert Juniper.
Candice Bateman Memorial Park site of Noongar significanceNamed in memory of Candice Bateman, a young Ballardong Noongar teenager who died in a tragic accident in 2001. A great place for a picnic with toilets, water, children's play equipment and there is a fenced dog off-lead exercise area nearby.
Walwalying (Mt. Bakewell) site of Noongar significanceWalwalying means 'The Hill that Cries' and is a site of immense cultural significance to the Ballardong Noongar people. This route gives you one of the best views of the hill as you come down Andrews Avenue
Cemetery (Herbert Road)High Victorian Gothic at its best! Discover tragic tales amongst the tombstones and some of the most impressive examples of C19th sculptural monuments in W.A. A Cemetery walk trail booklet is available from the Visitor Centre in York Town Hall.
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