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Aranda CBR Cycle Route C5

Aranda ridge separates the Belconnen and Molonglo Valley. The hill is known for its scenic views and rural landscape. The descent to Lake Burley Griffin is thrilling. Riding back up again is a challenge.

Aranda hill is a critical cycling link in Canberra. Everything south of Belconnen is best reached over Aranda hill. The official name for this Active Travel Route is “CBR Cycle Route C5 Belconnen – Tuggeranong via Weston Creek”. The vast majority of this route exists and was built long ago.

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Canberra Centenary Trail, Aranda hill bike path, Black Mountain behind. Canberra.
Aranda hill bike path, Black Mountain behind. Canberra
Panorama of Aranda bike path, Belconnen, Canberra
Panorama of Aranda bike path, Belconnen, Canberra

Evenings, after work, Aranda hill can get busy and not without some risk as the community path is shared with locals walking their dogs. The path is currently not lit but really should be.

horses on Aranda hill, Belconnen, ACT, Australia
Horses on Aranda hill, Belconnen
Aranda bike path, Belconnen, Canberra
Aranda bike path, Belconnen, Canberra
Aranda bike path, Belconnen, Canberra
Aranda bike path, Belconnen, Canberra
Street crossing, Aranda bike path, Aranda, Canberra
Street crossing, Aranda bike path, Aranda, Canberra

Some sections need maintenance, too. It has been on the to-do list for a long time. There is such a backlog of maintenance required on cycle paths in the ACT, that it is hard to know where to start. I am hard-pressed to say why Aranda hill should be first but I hope, one day, that the ACT Government gets on top of this.

The bumps can be big. Everybody knows this one. Aranda bike path, Belconnen, Canberra
Rain washes the dirt on the path that can remain there for weeks. Aranda bike path, Belconnen, Canberra
Safety and hazards on Aranda bike path, Belconnen, Canberra
Safety and hazards on Aranda bike path, Belconnen, Canberra

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