Piccadilly Circus calling

Piccadilly Circus Photo by Negative Space on Pexels.com

There is a good gravel, publicly accessible road there, as well as a nice picnic area with facilities close by. In winter you may find snow. Paradise and bliss! It is one of the most civilised, high up places in the ACT at the top of a 600m continuous rise. What is not to like?

Admittedly, fitness may be a problem. The round trip from Stromlo Forest Park is around 73km and it’s a total climb of around 1700m. Here is a little information about getting there.

This is what Dave’s ACT had to say:

“Out past Uriarra to the west of Canberra is the Brindabella Road. The road rises to the peak of the Brindabella Mountain on the ACT border before descending into the Brindabella Valley of NSW and Tumut beyond. At the junction of Mount Franklin Road, the intersection as long as I can remember has been known as Piccadilly Circus. A pretty grand name really for an intersection on a dirt road.”

PICCADILLY CIRCUS – BRINDABELLA, Daves ACT, 24 November 2010, accessed 24/8/2020

Just yesterday, one person ventured this far on his gravel bike. He was not the first or the last. His ride has been captured on Komoot.

Gravel ride: 73km and approx 1700m climb. Bicycle Tour, Luke Smeal, Komoot, 23/8/2020

Details of the route are also provided on Komoot.

A map of the route can be downloaded from Komoot. Bicycle Tour, Luke Smeal, Komoot, 23/8/2020

CyclingGravel has been up that way, too, and has a good write up of the trip here.

“There are a number of ways to explore – my route involves a return via Pipeline Road which is a wonderful gravel road following the Cotter River.  … it is a great illustration of the amazing day rides you can easily do from Canberra.”

Piccadilly Circus & Pipeline Road loop, CyclingGravel, 17 May 2020, accessed 24/8/2020

We like to hear back here at canberra.bike how you go should you make the trip.

Blue metal gravel. Photo by Johnny Mckane on Pexels.com
Blue metal gravel. Photo by Johnny Mckane on Pexels.com

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