DISTANCE: 35.7km in full GRADIENT: Small inclines and declines, but mostly flat GRADE: Medium
This is admittedly, not the most picturesque ride, however it does come into its own in Spring when the wildflower season begins. It is a great commuter ride from the northern suburbs into the city and we often choose this ride as a change from the coast.
However, as we always like a food goal when riding, we tend to aim for Leederville as a switching point on this ride, have a coffee, perhaps a cake, and then decide which path to take next.
Although the map attached suggests the city as an endpoint (primarily as this is where the Mitchell meets the Kwinana Fwy), we find Leederville is a great location for hopping on an alternate cycle path. You can head west and jump on the West Leederville-Fremantle trainline, east towards Guildford along the trainline, continue south along the Kwinana Fwy, duck onto one of the suburban rides or select one of the many river rides. When doing any of these rides you can always change the starting location on your Google Map navigator.
The Mitchell Fwy cycle path is a little more stop-start than the Kwinana Fwy route, as you pass over footbridges, major traffic intersections and navigate through some backstreets. However, the path always seems to be on the improve, with constant upgrades here and there, and it is mostly a hassle-free ride.
Points of Interest
- Take a detour at Warwick Stn through Carine Regional Open Space for a freeway ‘detox’!
- Lake Gwelup Reserve between Warwick and Stirling Stns offers another tranquil retreat from roadside riding.
- Stirling Farmers Market in the City of Stirling council carpark, offers up an array of fresh produce combined with live acoustic music each Sunday from 7:30-11:30am. A great spot for a pick-me-up.
- Just south of Glendalough Stn, stay on the west side of the trainline for a Lake Monger loop or ride-by.
- Oxford St, Leederville bound to fix any cake, coffee or cafe craving!
- The hidden waterfall and waterways in John Oldham Park tucked between Mounts Bay Rd and the freeway.