Mt Wilson
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Run to Mt. Wilson

Today’s run will take us to Mount Wilson.  Mount Wilson was developed to be a summer retreat and the cooler climate and rich soil was suited to the establishment of traditional English gardens.

Meeting: Thompson's Corner, West Pennant Hills
Time: 8:00am gather
9:00am depart

Members may also wish to make their way directly to the start of Stage 2 if that is more convenient

km Route
Stage 1 Thompson’s Corner to Richmond – 8:30 am Start  Meet from 8:00am
Proceed in convoy to Visitor Tourist Information Centre, Opposite RAAF Base, Richmond Road, Clarendon.
 0km Exit Car Park and turn left onto Castle Hill Road into right hand lane.
0.1 km Turn right into New Line Road.  Continue through roundabouts and Lights towards Round Corner Dural.
6.6 km Turn Left at roundabout onto Old Northern Road to Round Corner Dural.
 7.4  km Turn Right at Lights onto Kenthurst Road to Annangrove and follow the road.  Left at first roundabout, and continue through roundabouts, past Hill Grammar School.
9.2 km Turn Left at roundabout onto Annangrove Road to Annangrove.  Continue past the former site of Amaroo Park.
18.8 km Turn Right into Edwards Road.
21.2km Turn Right onto Windsor Road.  This can be time consuming so we will group up a few km down the road at around 23 km mark.  Proceed to, Windsor and follow signs to Richmond.
31.6 km Turn Left at the Jolly Frog Inn into Macquarie Street, follow signs to Richmond, Lithgow and Penrith.  Proceed through Windsor, move into right lane.
32.7 km Turn Right at Lights onto Richmond Road and proceed through Clarendon.
36 km  Turn Left into the Visitor’s Centre on the left opposite Richmond RAAF Base.

Stage 2 Richmond to Bilpin – 9:30 am Start  from Visitor Tourist Information Centre, Opposite RAAF Base, Richmond Road, Clarendon. 
 0km Exit Visitors Centre and follow signs to Kurrajong, Bilpin or Lithgow.
2.7km Turn Left at second set of Lights into East Market Street, and proceed past the “end of the line”.
2.8km Turn Right at next Lights onto March Street (it becomes Bells Line of Road).  Follow Signposts to Lithgow and North Richmond.  Continue through Kurmond and up Bellbird Hill to Kurrajong Heights.
17.9 km Beware of SPEED CAMERA at top of Bellbird Hill (ensure you are traveling no faster than 60kph before you approach the lookout on right).
22.8 km Tourist Information Board on Left – Group up point.  Continue drive through Bilpin, past Mt Tomah.  At around 53 km observe the spectacular sandstone escarpment views to the left
56.4 km Turn Right to Mount Wilson proceed into Mount Wilson. The turn off comes with little warning and there is limited space in the turning bay.  Indicate early and slow down.  Once on the road to Mount Wilson, beware of choppy and narrow road.  Watch for the dramatic change in vegetation as you enter Mount Wilson area and the hairpin in the 50 km zone.
62.4 km Stop at Tulip Tree Tea Rooms (4756 2181) for Brunch.

After brunch, you are free to explore the gardens of Mount Wilson or go cruising.  The road to Mount Irvine is pretty in places and choppy, plus there is some spectacular greenery.  Optional extensions can include, Zig Zag Railway, or beyond Tarana, Oberon or Bathurst.  Return can be via Bells Line of Road, or via Bell, Mt Victoria, and the Great Western Highway
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