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Molonglo and Murrumbidgee views: Stockdill Drive

Stockdill Drive is very popular with road cyclists because of the magnificent views of both the Molonglo and Murrumbidgee Valleys.

A sunset ride on Stockdill Drive is one of the best things you can do. The road suddenly ends, which discourages traffic. Apart from a farm or two, nobody lives there. You will pass the Woodstock Nature Reserve and Shepherd Lookout along the way – a lot to see in just 3.4 km.

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Track adjacent to Stockdill Drive, West Belconnen, Canberra
Track adjacent to Stockdill Drive, West Belconnen, Canberra

Eventually you will reach the Molonglo River Reserve. From here you could walk to Scrivener Dam. Riding the valley is impossible, as a continuous management trail along the entire length of the valley is missing.

Murrumbidgee River Corridor, Stockdill Drive, West Belconnen, Canberra
Murrumbidgee River Corridor, Stockdill Drive, West Belconnen, Canberra
Sign "private property", Pipe Flat, Stockdill Drive, West Belconnen, Canberra
Sign “private property”, Pipe Flat, Stockdill Drive, West Belconnen, Canberra
Private property, Pipe Flat, West Belconnen, Canberra
Private property, Pipe Flat, West Belconnen, Canberra

The end of the road is just 3.4 km from Strathnairn. After a short rise, the road drops slowly into the valley with a maximum gradient of 10%. You will be riding back up this hill. Aranda hill from Glenloch Interchange is about 8% in comparison and shorter.

Speed limit 40 km/h, Stockdill Drive, West Belconnen, Canberra
Speed limit 40 km/h, Stockdill Drive, West Belconnen, Canberra
Car park, Shepherds Lookout walk, Woodstock Nature Reserve, Murrumbidgee River Corridor, Stockdill Drive, West Belconnen, Canberra
Car park, Shepherds Lookout walk, Woodstock Nature Reserve, Murrumbidgee River Corridor, Stockdill Drive, West Belconnen, Canberra
Gate, Lower Molonglo River Corridor, Molonglo River Reserve, Stockdill Drive, West Belconnen, Canberra
Gate, Lower Molonglo River Corridor, Molonglo River Reserve, Stockdill Drive, West Belconnen, Canberra

The ride and photos can be found on Komoot. Follow the link.

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