Newcastle to Fassifern

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Newcastle to Fassifern

Time: June 29, 2014 from 7am to 5pm
Location: Newcastle
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Phone: 0400320231 0294397118
Event Type: sunday, ride
Organized By: Mike MacDonald
Latest Activity: Jun 30, 2014

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Ride two rail trails, cruise along Lake Macquarie to Toronto. Stop for lunch at a magic old pub overlooking the Lake.

We train it to Adamstown, ride the scenic Fernleigh rail trail downhill to Belmont then head for Lake Macquarie to pick up the bike path along the lake. Stopping for lunch at Toronto then onto another short rail trail to Fassifern to board the train back to Sydney. Easy to med ride total distance 40km.

Catch 7.15am Newcastle train at Central arriving Adamstown 9.58am


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Comment by Anne Watson on June 30, 2014 at 19:56

Yes lovely day. Sorry you missed it Mike but thanks to everyone else for coming along and for Bob for leading. And recommend changing trains at Wyong ... it was virtually empty and worth waiting 20 minutes for

Comment by Bob Moore on June 30, 2014 at 9:01

Great ride, thanks all. The wind was strong at times, but we did it! Just gotta get into the right gear, head down and into it. Fernleigh was a delight, mostly sheltered. Recommend the Gunyah pub for a lunch stop.

Comment by Anne Watson on June 28, 2014 at 11:55

Mike hope you feel better. I will be in Newcastle tonight and will meet you tomorrow 10am at Newcastle Station. If ride cancelled or any changes let me know (0411654895). Thank you ! Anne 

Comment by Mike MacDonald on June 28, 2014 at 9:49

My cold has backed off a bit so the ride will go ahead, take the train through to Newcastle station meet there at 10am

Comment by Bob Moore on June 28, 2014 at 0:04
Mike has come down with a bad cold, and is in some doubt as to leading this ride on Sunday. Please stay tuned for a decision tomorrow on going or not going. Could be a local ride on instead.
Comment by Phillip Au on June 27, 2014 at 22:37

Hi. I check the timetable and the train
Leaving central does not go to Adamstown. So I suggest we ride from broadmeadow to Adamstown. 
Also I might u guys on the train at Straithfield due to a possible amended timetable. We shall see.

Comment by Bob Moore on June 24, 2014 at 23:55
Can see some photos of the Fernleigh Track in the Photo section, search for Fernleigh. Very smooth two way shared path along an old railway.
Comment by Phillip Au on June 23, 2014 at 20:03

Sorry Bob. Mistook the definition of off road as in cycle path

Comment by Phillip Au on June 23, 2014 at 20:02


I have reasonably to believe the fernleigh track is all refurbished. I think it is all concrete. 

Comment by Bob Moore on June 23, 2014 at 18:28
The Fernleigh bit is all off road. You could easily do it yourself, Adamstown to Belmont, then return, although it's all uphill on the way back. Requires a little more navigation and some on road cycling to get to Toronto. Toronto to Fassifern is easy, along a cycleway, but only short.

We will see how this ride goes. We will definitely be doing the two day version, Tuggerah to Newcastle again next summer most likely.

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