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by Steve Hudson (subscribe)
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Published October 7th 2015
Time to smell the flowers on Adelaide's best valley ride
I have cycled most parts of the Adelaide Hills, and a number of the other valleys around South Australia, but my favorite ride has always been through the Aldgate Valley. Irrespective of the season, Aldgate Valley Road always has something to see, and due to its mild gradient and minimal traffic, it suits everyone from the long distance peletons to the smaller and often road-shy families.

Cycling the Aldgate Valley, Aldgate Valley Road, Aldgate Valley Nature Trail, Aldgate Valley Bed and Breakfast, Harvest Cafe, Aldgate Pump Hotel, Aldgate Bakery
Picturesque - Steve Hudson


Aldgate Valley Road can be tackled in either direction, and being only 5km in length, it is perfect to tack on to another ride. Like most people, my preference is for the gentle downhill where I can spend more time 'smelling the roses' rather than worrying about constant pedalling and whether my heart rate is about to jump past its recommended maximum.

Cycling the Aldgate Valley, Aldgate Valley Road, Aldgate Valley Nature Trail, Aldgate Valley Bed and Breakfast, Harvest Cafe, Aldgate Pump Hotel, Aldgate Bakery
Start of Aldgate Valley Road - Steve Hudson


The start of Aldgate Valley Road is across the road from the Aldgate Pump Hotel, on the Southeastern side of the town. A very short ascent past the Andrewartha Memorial Hostel and around the first corner leads to the start of the gentle decline which continues for the majority of the trip through to Mylor.

Cycling the Aldgate Valley, Aldgate Valley Road, Aldgate Valley Nature Trail, Aldgate Valley Bed and Breakfast, Harvest Cafe, Aldgate Pump Hotel, Aldgate Bakery
Beautiful Winding Road - Steve Hudson


It is not long after the corner before Aldgate Creek appears on the southern side of the road and we follow the creek for the remainder of the trip along the road. At various points the creek is close to the road, and during winter is often full of water and hence becomes a key attractor for ducks and other birdlife.

Cycling the Aldgate Valley, Aldgate Valley Road, Aldgate Valley Nature Trail, Aldgate Valley Bed and Breakfast, Harvest Cafe, Aldgate Pump Hotel, Aldgate Bakery
Wandering Ducks - Steve Hudson
Cycling the Aldgate Valley, Aldgate Valley Road, Aldgate Valley Nature Trail, Aldgate Valley Bed and Breakfast, Harvest Cafe, Aldgate Pump Hotel, Aldgate Bakery
Bright Birds - Steve Hudson
 


The road passes Aldgate Valley Reserve, a popular reserve for picnickers, and also the halfway point on the Aldgate Valley Nature Trail. This trail takes hikers through a natural bush corridor that has been renovated to facilitate the movement of bandicoots and other animals. But never fear, I have yet to see a bandicoot along the road !

Cycling the Aldgate Valley, Aldgate Valley Road, Aldgate Valley Nature Trail, Aldgate Valley Bed and Breakfast, Harvest Cafe, Aldgate Pump Hotel, Aldgate Bakery
Aldgate Creek - Steve Hudson


The Aldgate Valley Bed and Breakfast appears and always looks like a place to spend a romantic weekend, albeit my calendar never seems to be able to find enough room for this to occur.

Cycling the Aldgate Valley, Aldgate Valley Road, Aldgate Valley Nature Trail, Aldgate Valley Bed and Breakfast, Harvest Cafe, Aldgate Pump Hotel, Aldgate Bakery
Aldgate Valley Bed and Breakfast - Steve Hudson


Tow of the great attractions of this road are its smoothness in comparison to many other Adelaide Hills roads and the beauty alongside the side of the road. From the winding creek to wildlife to majestic gum trees to deciduous poplars and to spring flowers, there is something to admire all year round.

Cycling the Aldgate Valley, Aldgate Valley Road, Aldgate Valley Nature Trail, Aldgate Valley Bed and Breakfast, Harvest Cafe, Aldgate Pump Hotel, Aldgate Bakery
Blossoms - Steve Hudson
Cycling the Aldgate Valley, Aldgate Valley Road, Aldgate Valley Nature Trail, Aldgate Valley Bed and Breakfast, Harvest Cafe, Aldgate Pump Hotel, Aldgate Bakery
and More - Steve Hudson
 


Shortly after, the road crosses Aldgate Creek and then continues to its end at the intersection of Stock Road in Mylor. It is now just 500m to that delightful coffee shop in Mylor known as Harvest Mylor, and time for reflection on yet another short but pleasant cycle through the Aldgate Valley.

Cycling the Aldgate Valley, Aldgate Valley Road, Aldgate Valley Nature Trail, Aldgate Valley Bed and Breakfast, Harvest Cafe, Aldgate Pump Hotel, Aldgate Bakery
Peaceful Riding - Steve Hudson


The Aldgate Valley Road is available all year round, noting of course that it is quite cool in the depths of winter. Vehicle traffic flows on the road are very light, and are mainly local residents, as most motorists looking to travel between Aldgate and Mylor use the main, and less circuitous, B33 Strathalbyn Road.

Cycling the Aldgate Valley, Aldgate Valley Road, Aldgate Valley Nature Trail, Aldgate Valley Bed and Breakfast, Harvest Cafe, Aldgate Pump Hotel, Aldgate Bakery
Popular and Serene - Steve Hudson


And for additional reflection, the below Letter to the Editor was published in The Advertiser on 24th November 1908. It appears that the Aldgate Valley has been a secret for many years on this road of even gradient and home to many beautiful flowers..

Cycling the Aldgate Valley, Aldgate Valley Road, Aldgate Valley Nature Trail, Aldgate Valley Bed and Breakfast, Harvest Cafe, Aldgate Pump Hotel, Aldgate Bakery
Letter to the Editor - The Advertiser

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Why? One of my favourite pieces of cycling road
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Where: Aldgate Valley Road, Aldgate
Cost: Free
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I agree Steve.Never cycled it,but done some walking there and lots of driving over the years.
by noelp (score: 3|1199) 1376 days ago
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