Gladesville to walk in footsteps of its past

The new Gladesville Heritage Walking Trail commenced has commenced operation.

The new walked started at the Sheridan Clock Tower and upcoming walks will include Wilson’s Corner, the Gladesville Hotel, the Bayview Hotel, Gladesville Public School, Trim Place, Jordan Hall, the Anglican Church, and the War Memorial Gates.

Further down the road towards Hunters Hill, the walk takes in Gladesville Psychiatric Hospital, Banjo Paterson Park, Bedlam Point Wharf and Glades Bay Park.Historic Tyrell Street, Wharf Road and several heritage homes will also be part of the walk.

Sponsored by The City Of Ryde, the walk includes a guidebook that features the history of Gladesville from the time of European settlement as well as dozens of full colour photographs of the sites visited by walkers.

“The sites can be visited in any order and a complete loop is just over five kilometers, presented in four separate short walks, ” the guidebook notes.

“Some of the places along the walking trail are not listed items of heritage significance however, they have been included for their historical, architectural, social or aesthetic importance to the locality.”

Some sites, such as schools, churches and buildings within Gladesville Hospital are closed to the public.

Walkers are advised that there are a number of steep hills and the route is not suitable for people in wheel chairs or with walking frames.