There is a cue sheet for this route on Ride with GPS,
including cues and distances that align with the descriptions below.
Today is a longer climbing journey with ample time to stop, enjoy
and photograph the beautiful farming country, towns and villages on the way to Neville.
There are some great views, including over Wyangala Dam and to Mount Canobolas,
but there is a lot of climbing.
Riders start near the Post Office in Kendall Street, and
ride towards Bathurst. After an easy
roll down the hill, turn right into Fitzroy Street (0.5km) and ride around 400m
then turn left into Broughton Street (0.9km) before crossing the railway line
and heading in an easterly direction out of town on Darby’s Fall’s Road. This is a lovely flat section of the ride with
views to the south over the farming flats next to the Lachlan River.
Turn left onto Porter’s Mount Road (5.8km) and the road soon
turns to gravel. This is a lovely gravel
surface and riders soon climb gently up the hill and are rewarded with views
back towards Cowra. There is a little
left / right shimmy at Kangaroo Flat Road (9.1km) before riders continue north
on Porter’s Mount Road and then turn right onto Woodlands Road (10.8km). This part of the ride is a personal
favourite, where riders cruise down to the causeway, then climb the hill to
reveal a stunning easterly view.
After a quick photo, riders roll down Woodlands Road to Pine
Mount Road (13.6km) and then ride on sealed road through to Milburn Creek Road
(21.5km) where the path ahead again turns to gravel. Ride on to Oliver Lane and
turn left (26.2km), then right at Scrubby Brush Road (27.2), and right again at
Reg Hailstone Way (28.6km).
There is a steep descent for 2 km at Reg Hailstone Way. After
another 11 km turn left at Clements Road (33.9km). Do not go past the Wyangala
Dam Reserve sign at this turn-off.
After a steep 2.5 km ascent there is a spectacular view back
over Wyangala Dam. The road is now gravel for the next 7.5 km and continues to
climb through beautiful eucalypt woodland. Veer left onto Quart Pot Road
(44.5km) and left again after 4 km onto Garland Road (48.8km) where riders will
come across a gravel road on right called Snake Creek Road (58.1km).
A note of caution: this is best crossed on a mountain bike. It’s a track though interesting eucalypt
forest, and with a causeway (beware, you might get wet feet). Experienced cyclists on gravel or hybrid bikes
can traverse this section of road, albeit slowly. Riders not wishing to ride this part of the
route can continue on to Lyndhurst, and then join the alternate route taking
riders across to Mandurama.
For cyclists choosing Snake Creek Road, after 8 km there is a T
intersection at Gallymont (a locality - not a village), where riders turn left
(66.3km) and the gravel changes to bitumen. After 7 km you meet the road
between Mandurama to Neville (72.8km) and turn right towards Neville. There is
a steep 2 km ascent then undulating for the next 5 km into Neville.
Route distance is 83.2 kilometres (and 1,467m of climbing).
There are no public services at Neville, and limited
accommodation. Best plan and book ahead
Neville siding is a unique accommodation spot. The goods
shed has 20 beds in 10 rooms. There is also the option of 16 beds of
accommodation in four adjacent buildings.
Your host will provide dinner to groups. Mid-week bookings suit Neville
Siding as weekends are often booked out. This is the only accommodation site in
Neville. This is an interesting experience staying in a railway station. Bring
your own beverages.
Another accommodation option that will suit
bikers who want to shorten the distance by 8 kms is a splendid farm stay at
Hilton homestead. Hilton homestead is situated at the top of the steep 2 kms
climb after turning onto the Neville Road. The turn-off is on the right,
signposted “guesthouse”. It offers 4-star accommodation.