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Published October 30th 2018
Irony of Iron Man Ironing in Iron Cove
At the Iron Cove Bridge in Birkenhead Point, this 2-hour, 7km circuit of the inner city has water views throughout.
You'll pass a tempting mix of parks, beaches, historical buildings, cafes and shopping precincts on your stroll. Because it's a jewel of the Canada Bay Council Area, it's well maintained, with dedicated lanes for cyclists.
In August each year, thousands hit the trail for the annual Bay Run.
Popular starting points are near the bus stops at Victoria Rd in the north-east, Rodd Park in the west near First Ave, and Blackmore Park, home of the Wanderers rugby league team, near the Leichhardt Light-Rail in the south.
Starting at Leichhardt Park, head clockwise, saving the best views at the bridge for the finish line.
Walk south with the water at your right shoulder, the gentle waves always within a few metres.
Turn right over short Lilyfield Rd to cross the Hawthorne Canal. Once across, veer right onto the Greenway, flowing onto the Bay Run again.
To fuel your walk, dig into a rower's breakfast from the sunny outdoor seating by the water at the UTS Haberfield Club, served until 10.20am. It's a hearty English breakfast of eggs, bacon, chipolata, mushrooms, tomato and caramelised onions on toast.
With energy to burn, power west past Robson Park. You'll see Timbrell Dr then branch right to cross the water again at Timbrell Park.
The baseball diamond is busy most weekends, as the Five Dock Falcons hit home runs and toss curveballs.
Turn right to continue or take a turn to the left for the child-friendly themed playgrounds at Livvi's Place. Grab a coffee and support a local charity at Livvi's Cafe.
Coffee (by sharonang at pixabay)
Follow the trail, curving north then east. You're now moving parallel with Henley Marine Dr.
When you hit the cape of Rodd Park, take a sharp west turn, curving east again at Russell Lea.
The park's namesake is remembered by the stone cross and memorial, a former mausoleum for the Rodd family.
Head north-east, the closest you'll get to Rodd Island without a swim.
The island was a test site for viruses to eradicate a rabbit infestation. The feral pest is still a risk to native plants and animals.
Rodd Point (by I, J Bar at Wikipedia)
Continue through Montague Park, where kids play on the rides while adults are bullied by personal trainers. Turn south-east into Sisters Bay, past the oxymoronic warning, "Gamble Responsibly" at the TAB.
In Brett Park, watch sailors and fishers in yachts and boats, skimming the water.