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Published August 15th 2015
Walk the Pioneer Women's Trail
The Pioneer Women's Trail is roughly a 20 kilometre walking trail that winds its way from the picturesque town of Hahndorf over the Adelaide Hills to Beaumont. It was named in 1980, in honour of early settlers in Hahndorf who made the journey to Adelaide to supply goods and produce. It is of course not necessary to walk the full length of the trail and several shorter options are available, all of which allow for stunning views of Adelaide and the surrounding suburbs during a pleasant trek through the Adelaide Hills where many native plants and wildlife can be seen.
A photograph of Adelaide from the Pioneer Women's Trail in Summer
While the trail can be accessed from Hahndorf, Verdun, Bridgewater, Cleland Conservation Park and Stirling, it is easiest to enter directly from Beaumont, a suburb in the City of Burnside to the North East of Adelaide. The main entrance is through Brock Reserve on Dashwood Road through travelling South on Glynburn Road. Brock Reserve is small and pleasant, with dappled sunlight through a canopy of tall trees casting interesting patterns in the leaf litter. A set of swings is situated in one corner. Alternatively, the trail can also be entered from Bayview Crescent, where a small area of roadside parking is available.
Walking the trail at different times during the year allows for unique views.
In spring, the perfumed bouquet of native wildflowers and gumtrees adds a tranquil dimension to the walk; controlled burnoffs in Spring result in an evocative but somewhat desolate landscape, but the area recovers quickly.
Controlled burnoffs at the Pioneer Women's Trail in Spring
In summer, the shimmering heat on the horizon blankets the cityscape in the distance. Watch out for snakes.
A photograph of Adelaide from the Pioneer Women's Trail
In autumn different patterns can be seen in the trees, with dappled russet, burgundy and browns and vivid greens making for some interesting variation.
Varied colours at the Pioneer Women's Trail
In winter, the area is lush with green foliage; clinging fog can lend the trail an oneiric, ethereal charm as it is blanketed in white.
Winter at the Pioneer Women's Trail
There are plenty of walks in the Adelaide Hills and the Pioneer Women's Trail is a pleasant, not particularly challenging walk with great views, perfect for a spot of hiking at any time of the year.