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Published September 11th 2013
Quiet bushland path that winds its way through the Ryde area
Taking in seven parks and reserves as well as some peaceful bushland scenery, the Shrimptons Creek walking track and cycleway in Ryde is well worth exploring. This major north-south route through the centre of the City of Ryde provides pleasant cycling from Denistone East north to the retail, education and employment centre in Macquarie Park.
Detour from the walking trail to visit ELS Hall Park.
Shrimptons Creek is a 3.3km-long tributary of the Lane Cove River. It flows south to north in more or less a straight line, and the well-maintained path follows this route, taking in almost 25 hectares of parkland along the way.
Santa Rosa Park is the southernmost of the parks that sits along Shrimptons Creek. This is where the waterway becomes visible for the first time from its source, and this park is a popular family spot. More than 4.5 hectares in size, Santa Rosa Park features play equipment, sportsfields and a regenerated bushland area. There's plenty of grassy space to explore, or you can set up for a picnic and relax in the sun.
After crossing Bridge Road, the path next winds its way to Flinders Park, a well-shaded spot with picnic facilities. Tindarra Reserve is the next small park on the list, and the surrounds are peaceful and grassy as the path continues along.
Greenwood Park is the next area you come to, located slightly to the southeast of the creek. This revegetated bushland park boasts plenty of trees, and is the last stop before you get to ELS Hall Park.
This wonderful local park is one of the most popular spots in Ryde. Home to the Ryde Community and Sports Centre, ELS Hall Park also features a kids' playground, exercise equipment, BBQs, picnic shelters and three large sportsfields. It's the best place along this walk to stop for a picnic lunch.
Leaving behind ELS Hall's 12-odd hectares of grassy space, the path winds through thicker bushland towards the much smaller Booth Reserve. After travelling underneath Epping Road you come to Wilga Park, the last reserve along the edge of the creek. There you'll find a skate park and picnic shelters, before you eventually come to the end of the Shrimptons Creek path.
From there it's a very short stroll to Macquarie Shopping Centre or Macquarie University, as well as many of the businesses in the North Ryde/Macquarie Park area.
If you'd like to explore this walking path and cycleway, there's a wealth of information online. You can view a handy map on the Bike North website and find out more details from the City of Ryde Council website.