Cycle Sydney, Mountain Bike Ride, Murphys Glen Trail
This simple out and back ride takes you to the fantastic Murphys Glen picnic area. Flanked by towering blue gums and turpentine trees it makes a great spot for a picnic or to pitch a tent. Take in the spectacular views along the way and enjoy the panoramic highlight from Linda Rock. From Woodford it’s an almost entirely downhill run to Murphys Glen. Unfortunately all this height will have to be regained on the long climb back to Woodford. Technically this ride is simple, however the large amount of climbing makes it one for the intermediate riders.
Blacktop road and well graded dirt road and trail. Some fast descents make for one long climb out!
Trail is open to vehicles.
Car: Via M4 then onto Great Western Highway. Exit at Railway Parade, Woodford and park at the train station.
Train: Simply pick up trail from Woodford train station.
Food and Drink
Shops available at Woodford.
Trip down to Bedford Creek. Note this would involve a 3km steep downhill fire trail, followed by a 3km climb out.
Murphys Glen is a scenic camp ground which is set in a forest of tall eucalypt, angophora, and turpentine trees. Birdlife is plentiful in the area and one interesting feathered resident is the Lyrebird which mimics the calls of other bird species. You may also have a good chance at coming face to face with some of the fury locals including swamp wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas, and possums.
Murphys Glen camping area has basic facilities including covered picnic tables and fire places with plenty of space to pitch a tent. A small dam is located on the nearby creek however it has become quite silted. If you plan to top up your water supply, it can be collected from the nearby creek, and it is strongly advisable that you boil it first. If you fancy a walk the Turpentine trail is a loop walk which leaves from the camping area and returns via the Bedford Creek Road.
For the fit or adventurous a side trip can also be taken down to Bedford Creek. This involves riding the last section of Andersons Ride down a steep 3km descent to the lovely Bedford Creek which makes a great spot to stop for a swim or simply to laze by the creek. Be warned however, from the creek it is a steep 3km slog back up to Bedford Road which all but the fittest riders will end up walking. Murphys Glen is a technically simple ride which follows Bedford Road from Woodford right through to the camping area.
From Woodford the first few kilometres are on the black top but shortly after leaving suburbia the national park is entered and the trail soon becomes dirt. After entering the park be sure to take in the excellent views to your right. From here the fun begins and it is almost one long downhill run all the way on smooth, well graded trails. This drop packs a great adrenaline kick where good speeds can be reached, especially on the final run down to the picnic ground, so enjoy, but remember that the road is open to vehicles so keep to the left and ride within your limits.
Unfortunately this downhill becomes one long climb on the return journey and makes this ride one for the fitter riders. Ample tree cover and wide well drained trails make this ride suitable all year around.
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