|Start Point||The Old Tollgate, Glen Osmond, SA|
|End Point||S Eastern Fwy, Crafers West SA 5152, Australia|
|Time||1.5 Hours – Cycling|
The Crafers Bikeway starts in Glen Osmond alongside the Tollgate at the bottom of the Freeway. The Bikeway is a fully bituminised path running parallel and safe distance away from the Freeway. The path follows the curvature of the gully as well as a small creek on the northern side that rarely flows but often features wildflowers and other natives during autumn and spring.
The climb to Crafers is a modest average gradient but features a number of “pinch points” along the way.
Soon after the Mt Osmond overpass the path narrows and climbs up towards the Animal Boarding House, or the Kennels as it is affectionately known. Here the Bikeway joins a side road that leads onto the former freeway and through the once notorious Devils Elbow.
The bikeway now forms part of the Old Mount Barker Road with a concrete kerb to separate cyclists from any stray (or lost) cars.
After a very short downhill section the gradient increases on the approach to Eagle Mountain Bike Park which is well worth a visit for those who love to experience off road trails that are purpose built for mountain bikers.
As you pass through the old township of Eagle On the Hill the Old Bullock Track joins the Bikeway near Measday’s Lookout. It was used by Adelaide Hills folk to gain access to Adelaide during the 19th Century. This gravel track is now known as the Pioneer Women’s Trail and is a 22km trail that traverses the same path that 19th Century women undertook from Hahndorf to Beaumont.
Cleland Conservation Park comes into view to the North as you head up another steeper section of the Bikeway. Here the bikeway leaves the road and follows a wide path for its last kilometre. You come across the bollards and the final 100m ends at a disused road at the bottom of the phone tower.
From here you can head back to Adelaide down the Bikeway (as easy roll down the hill) or the Crafers Bikeway continues for another kilometre along the disused road before veering slightly downhill in to Crafers.
As an alternative, and for the ultimate climb, cyclists who veer slightly uphill can travel along Shurdington Road which takes riders to Adelaide’s highest peak at Mt Lofty Summit.
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