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Published July 21st 2011
I never get tired of this walk, unless I run it, in which case I can happily exhaust myself in a 6km romp. Start at the very end of the Esplanade, on the corner of Blower Rd, and take in the fort ruins before you head north past the playgrounds and fitness equipment covered in kids.
The first section of this walk is very social, so expect a few head nods and howyagoin's. Also expect to make way for dogs, prams and joggers. The first jetty is at the very centre of the Semaphore social scene and starts where the mini-railway station stands, opposite the clock tower.
Keep walking north past the jetty and you will find The Palais; an Adelaide gem that has aged with grace. Cold beer and wonderful views can be found at The Palais for minimal moula, but don't be tempted to stop just yet as the best is yet to come.
Past The Palais, the path starts to incline very gently as the beach is exposed. The flora that divides you from the sand is very pretty at all times of year. Even the yellow flowers that I have been told are weeds add a little something. A good windbreaker is recommended if you are going to walk in winter, as the breeze can be more than a little fresh sometimes.
The second jetty is about the half way mark, with a great café ideally located at the bottom if you need a coffee or cold drink to keep you going. Having made it this far, you will come to my favourite section, the boardwalk. There are lots of little statues and information signs for you to read (or lean on for a rest) and less people. Clarity often comes to me by the time I have reached the boardwalk; the combination of sea breeze and brisk exercise is really very good for the soul.
The walk ends by rising back up to street level and depositing you on the esplanade. Here you are faced with a difficult choice: walk back the way you came and find a fish-and-chippery, or cross the street to walk back beside the charming houses lining the street. Cross the street and I guarantee you will start debating which Victorian era bungalow you would like to own, just in case you win lotto one day.
No matter the time of year you go, as long as you are wearing something weather-appropriate, this walk is just perfect for a Saturday afternoon stroll. I might just see you there.