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River Angas Walkway

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by Karen Ross (subscribe)
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Published June 23rd 2016
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There's a beautiful walk along the Angas River in Strathalbyn and the Information Centre there has a great brochure with a map and comprehensive information about what you can see along the way.

Info Centre Brochure
River Angas Walkway brochure, available from Strathalbyn Information Centre


The brochure, entitled 'River Angas Walkway' was prepared by Nancy Gemmell, Nigel Mallen and Frank Caspers. It's a handy guide so I strongly suggest you pick up a copy before starting the walk.

There are a number of ways to approach the walk. The brochure suggests you start at The Children's Bridge in the centre of town and walk either upstream or downstream. If you choose either of these, the return trip will be approximately 5kms. I chose to park my car at the northern end (at St Andrews Drive), walk the whole length of the walkway and then return, making it a 10km walk.

Along the way you'll see historical buildings and structures, native plants and birds, waterholes and wetlands.

If you choose to start, as I did, at the northern end, one of the first things you'll see is "The Lodge". It's an Historic Grand Country Homestead, originally owned by Sir Lancelot Stirling, an Australian politician and grazier who was born in Strathalbyn in 1849. As you approach the property you'll see some outbuildings.

The Lodge - outbuildings
The Lodge - outbuildings


Further on is the main house, which set in beautiful landscaped gardens and apparently boasts 16 main rooms.

The Lodge stately home
The Lodge stately home


The walkway crosses North Parade but before this you'll come to wetlands and a series of small pools. The atmosphere is tranquil with sounds of birdsong and chirping frogs.

Wetlands
Wetlands


You'll see a few boards along the way to add to the information in the brochure.

Information along the way. River Angas Walkway
Information along the way


As you get closer to the centre of town things get really interesting. I was fascinated to see the old town swimming pool which is part of the river. A decision was made, in 1885, that this stretch of water would be set aside for swimming. In 1933 a weir was built to control the flow of water and in 1943 the floor was cemented. A new, modern pool was constructed close-by in 1968.

The Old Swimming Pool - Strathalbyn
The Old Swimming Pool


Soon you'll come to The Children's Bridge which has a delightful creation story. It was financed by a William Richardson, in 1919, and dedicated to his wife. The couple had no children of their own but were concerned that children had to cross the river on their way to school, via a series of stepping stones. This current bridge is an exact replica of the original, built in 1978.

The Children's Bridge. Strathalbyn
The Children's Bridge.


Walk across The Children's Bridge to reach the other side of the river.

Walk across The Children's Bridge
Walk across The Children's Bridge


Here you'll find a grassy park with a tall bank leading up to Albyn Terrace. At the top of this bank is an old road making implement used to prepare West Terrace, Strathalbyn's fist bitumenised road.

Road making implement
Road making implement


Further along you'll walk underneath St Andrew's bridge where you'll get a view of the church with it's four spires.

St Andrew's Church. Strathalbyn
St Andrew's Church


Past Rotary Park you'll walk under Railway Bridge and through a nature reserve.

Railway Bridge. Strathalbyn
Railway Bridge


Towards the end of the walkway you'll see the ruins of a former Cobb and Co Coach House which dates back to the 1860's when two coach services operated between Strathalbyn and Adelaide.

Cobb & Co Coach House ruins
Cobb & Co Coach House ruins


This marks the end of the walkway so it's time to head back and enjoy the sights and scenery once more.
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Why? A beautiful riverwalk with lots to see
When: Anytime
Where: Strathalbyn, SA
Cost: Free
Your Comment
There is no better country town walk in South Aust. than this.The photo of the Church is particularly good.Strath. is one of a handful of unique towns in S.A. and is well worth a visit any time of the year.The river is called Angas..not Angus..which you wish to correct.Excellent coverage.
by noelp (score: 3|1199) 1314 days ago
Enjoyed your lovely story-walk, thanks!
by Janice Heath (score: 2|376) 1318 days ago
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