Dirty Hen Chicken and Flat Cow Loop

gravel-white

Dirty Hen Chicken and Flat Cow Loop

A little bit of gravel close to town

distance

Distance

54.8km

road-surface

Sealed

44.9km

road-surface

Unsealed

9.8km

blue

Difficulty

Tough Gig

terrain

Terrain

Hills

hourglass

Time

2 hours

Untitled-6

Average Speed

22

climb-mkm

Climb (m/km)

9.9

Untitled-5

Climb

545

descend

Descend

545

min-elevation

Min Elevation

640

max-elevation

Max Elevation

806

At a Glance

A combination of sealed and unsealed roads on rolling hills.

Why I choose this course and the bike(s) I prefer to ride

I enjoy this ride on my gravel bike or my hardtail MTB at any time of the day.  It’s cruisy.  Both these bikes are set up with tubeless tyres, so that means I can risk riding on gravel or where catheads grow next to the bike paths along the river country.

Bathurst Regional Council continues an annual program of bitumen sealing on Evans Plains Road and Hen and Chicken Lane, reducing the gravel component every year.  That’s a bugger when so many of us have gravel bikes.

Dirty Hen Chicken and Flat Cow Loop 600 x 600 2
Dirty Hen Chicken and Flat Cow Loop 600 x 600 1
Dirty Hen Chicken and Flat Cow Loop 600 x 600 3

Click on the icon below to view the route in your chosen app

ad786637-b4c9-4517-bbab-d23699fced62

Ride with GPS

vtvrIX1d

Komoot

strava-2

Strava

velo-2

VeloViewer

3ec4426a-3c69-4f7e-813b-4eb35d7ba429

Relive

Highlights

- Gravel (for now …)

- Views and gates

- Abercrombie House

- Enjoyable ride through mixed farming county

- Coasting or fast open descents

Traps For Young Players

- Wildlife – kangaroos and wombats

- Quarry trucks – they are good to cyclists

- Highway crossings

Camping & Accommodation

- Bathurst and surrounds have so many options.

Food & Water

- Service Station and pub at Perthville

Useful Links

Course notes

Starting at the centre of town, I wind my way down to the bike path which starts near the sewerage works on Morriset Street.  I follow the path past schools, houses and a driving range to the Ophir Road.  I turn right and ride next to the Macquarie River, past the magnificent Abercrombie House and turn left on to the Dunkeld Road.  In late spring and early summer, there are often corn crops under irrigation next to the road.

I take care at the intersection of the Mitchell Highway (road to Orange) as it’s a really busy road.  There is a dog leg to the left / right so I can cross the highway onto the Evan’s Plains Road which follows the creek of the same name over to the Mid-Western Highway (road to Blayney).  Except at crossing points such as these, I never ride on these highways.

Both Evans Plains Road and Hen and Chicken Lane are fun to ride.  I like to ride up them towards the ridge overlooking Perthville.  It’s a steady easy climb with a couple of short pinches, and I’m rewarded with good scenery and a great view from near the back of Wahluu Mt Panorama before descending down to Perthville.

If I am short of time, I’ll head straight back to Bathurst.  Else, I’ll turn right and ride through Perthville, past the historic blue stone pub and on to George’s Plains.  After the bridge, I’ll turn left onto Cow Flat Road and ride past horse stables and historic houses before crossing Queen Charlotte’s Creek and turning left onto Gestingthorpe Road just a short distance later.

I return to the gravel and the rolling hills to the east of George’s Plains and Perthville.  There are lovely views to the west, and the roads a quiet and the gravel is usually smooth.  Once I get back to the Rockly Road, I turn left and return to Perthville and then back to Bathurst.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

16 − nine =