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Exploring Castle Hill

Castle Hill Metro (Station), , AUSTRALIA
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Experience the different parts of Castle Hill: the parks, paths, the history, residential, industrial and shopping strip areas.

The route commences at the Metro, which is at the main shopping strip and centre. The ride heads to Castle Hill Heritage Park (Government Farm), which is the site of the Irish convict rebellion. This is followed by passing through the first private farm that was split from it (First Farm estate).

The ride then passes through the Balintore estate toward the Knightsbridge Estate, with streets names sounding as though they are related to stories from King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. This is quite fitting for a suburb named Castle Hill.

After passing through the New England Estate area with its very British sounding names, Fred Caterson reserve becomes the next destination. Fred Caterson contains a broad range of sport facilities for the area. Of particular interest is the competition BMX Track.

The ride then heads towards the Industrial and secondary shopping district, and of course the car yards. This was the home of the 1980s advertising catch phrase "just up the Windsor Road from Baulkham Hills, and let me do it right for you!” (Tony Packard Holden).

At this time the ride is now on its return journey to the Metro, where coffee can be had.

Allow for 2 to 2.5 hours including ride briefing, regroups, coffee, and viewing interest points at a Steady 17 – 19 kmh pace.

The ride uses a range of shared paths and cycleways, local roads, and slightly busier roads. Riders also need to be comfortable cycling on the road/road shoulder with traffic. A ride leader may alternately choose to ride on available shared paths and cycleways, or on the road nearby.

Riders are to have geared road bikes due to the hilly nature of some ride sections.

Route hazards include on road/path items such as bollards, sticks etc. Riders to be particularly careful on shared paths with pedestrians and dogs that may unexpectedly move in front of the rider.

There are water fountains and toilets on route.

The ride does pass near several metro (railway) stations which would provide options for riders to leave the ride. Check how trackwork might impact these options. Optionally riders could turn around at any point and retrace the route, but please let the ride leader know BEFORE you leave the ride

Notes: First run of this new ride. Pre-registration is required. Entirely within The Hills Shire LGA. Please follow all COVID protocols including demonstrating Full Vaccination, a Hills Shire address, and bringing a Mask as required.  In the event of poor weather the ride may be cancelled, please check the Bike North website.

This is a Bike North MEMBERS ONLY ride. Click HERE to join Bike North

Pre-registration is required through the Bike North website link

Ride LeaderAndrew Elliston
Distance (km)21
approx. 17-19 kms/hr
Metres Climbed 257.482
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SuitabilityThis ride is suitable for ride participants over 18 years of age on geared Road Bikes. Not child friendly. Ride is on a mix of shared paths, back streets, and both marked and unmarked shoulders on busier roads. Participants are to be experienced in ridin
FeaturesHeritage Park; Fred Caterson Reserve and its competition BMX Track; a cross-breed of Castle Hill estates and areas
Coffee stop
Expected duration3.00 hour(s) (estimate only - ride may be longer due to on the day factors)
For more information including ride map and profile, and any pre-registration options please check the Calendar Entry on the Bike North Website


As a participant in this dangerous recreational activity, you may be exposing yourself to a significant risk of harm. Bike North, the ride organisers and leaders wish to warn you of the risks and hazards that are an inherent part of cycling, and to take care to prevent putting yourself, your fellow participants and/or others into danger. By signing onto this ride, you accept the warning as to risk, and you agree to ride in a safe and responsible manner and to obey all Australian Road Rules.


Event date: 10/10/2021
Time:  08:00:00

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  Castle Hill Metro (Station), 
0414 224 138