Most regular riders have a favourite local ‘rat run’ which you default to when you don’t want to plan a new ride or transport your bike somewhere else. This one is mine.
Sydney’s Northern Beaches is a tightly defined region, with the Pacific Ocean on the east, Pittwater to the North and West, and Sydney Harbour to the south. So there is only one ‘spinal route’, and it never strays far from the beaches. You can link sections of shared paths, trails, footpaths and quiet streets, thus avoiding busy roads.
Strava route link:
This ride went from Manly Harbour, North Head, Manly Beach, Queenscliff, Freshwater, Curl Curl and Dee Why. It then steered towards Narrabeen Lake, then up to Beacon Hill, Wakehurst, and Seaforth. The Lake was avoided as too busy on weekends. The ride is adjustable in length, and I often stretch it to Mona Vale instead of returning via Beacon Hill.
A few photos and a 5 minute GoPro clip show the typical sights of an early Sunday summer morning on the Northern Beaches. Week-days are quieter of course, but there is something lovely about seeing masses of humanity get outdoors after the weirdness of 2020.