The Inner North. The lentil belt. The home of endless bike paths, leafy suburban enclaves…
We’ve been talking a lot about the CBR 100 Challenge over the past couple of months, but how much do you actually know about the Centenary Trail that we’ll be walking over the weekend of 21-22 March 2015? It’s pretty amazing; weaving its way around iconic sites, hidden treasures and national institutions, the 145km self-guided trail showcases the true ‘Bush Capital’ (you can download the map here.)
Anthony Burton knows the Centenary Trail better than perhaps anyone…he’s one of the people who conceived it and then saw his vision become reality. The CBR100 Challenge is obviously close to his heart, even more so because he is also the Active Living Coordinator with the event’s charity partner, the Heart Foundation ACT.
“My work with the Centenary Trail started in 2009, where I helped pitch the whole concept. I was very lucky to have been paid to walk the whole 145km route as we were designing it,” Anthony.
“Really what we wanted to do was take people on a journey through Canberra’s history and through some of its most amazing sites – the views and the bush setting that we know and love.
“There’s no other city in the world that has the assets that Canberra has. We’re known as the Bush Capital, and for good reason.”
The Centenary Trail is divided into daily sections, spaced for walkers and bike riders. It follows fire trails, walking tracks and shared paths in urban and natural areas and is open to everyone. You can find out more about the seven sections here:
Section 1 – Parliament House to Watson
Section 2 – Watson to Northern Border Campsite
Section 3 – Northern Border Campsite to Hall Village
Section 4 – Hall Village to Black Mountain
Section 5 – Black Mountain to Stromlo Forest Park
Section 6 – Stromlo Forest Park to Tuggeranong Town Centre*
Section 7 – Tuggeranong Town Centre to Parliament House
So, does Anthony have a favourite? Or is that like asking him to pick a favourite child?
“I love the Northern section that runs from Hall, all the way through to Forde. Essentially, it allows Canberrans to really get out and look at their city from a whole different perspective. The views are spectacular and you can look right back from the very northern edge of Canberra.”
“For those people looking to train in Summer, I recommend Black Mountain,” he says.
“It’s a beautiful forested area home to many orchids and hundreds and hundreds of kangaroos. It’s a fabulous area and its’ easily accessible. There are plenty of trails available, but I’d recommend you try to climb to the top of Black Mountain and get yourself a cool drink.”
The event offers 25km, 50km and 100km trails for both walkers and runners – you can find out more about the CBR100 Challenge here. Want to get prepped? Follow the links for more:
- Get your free training program.
- Access nutrition guides.
- Learn how to make some healthy, nutritious meals.
Want to train with our HerCanberra walking groups?
Are you thinking of participating in the CBR100 Challenge? Or just keen to get some exercise, meet new friends and explore the Centenary Trail? Pop over to Facebook and join our Walking Group – we have north and southside groups.
Also, we’re planning a BIG walk this Sunday 1 February – you can either walk the whole 25km, or as far as you feel you can. Meet at the Canberra Business Event Centre, Regatta Point.