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Lapstone Bridge ZigZig walk
Time: 1 Hr Walking time
Please allow extra time to rest and to explore
5.8 km WSW of Penrith
Length: 2 km Walk Length
As this is a Circuit style walk, the 2 km includes the walking distance from the start around the loop and back to the start again
Blue Mountains(LGA)
Climb: 104 m Total Climbing
This walk has a total cumulative climb of 104 m, this is the total of the elevation gains made in each of the walks uphill sections
There is car access and parking near the start and end of this walk There is a bus stop within 2km of the start and end of this walk
Style: Circuit
Track: Hard

This walk is more about history than the bush, but it still gives great views. The walk explores a small section of the old Lapstone Zig Zag railway (not to be confused with the more famous Lithgow Zig Zag railway). You will walk where the tracks once stood, through sandstone cuttings, passing an old train station, to the famous Knapsack Viaduct (bridge). (open in app)


Today's Fire rating
LOW MODERATE (No fire ban)
  Bushwalking track notes photographs, maps and camping spots for Lapstone Bridge ZigZag walk

Map of Walk

Location

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Map of Lapstone Bridge ZigZag walk
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Map Scale 500 meters
Car park
Steps
Quarry
Intersection of cuttings
Siding
Knapsack Bridge
Western Motorway Footpath
steps
Starting point for this hiking track: Car park

Base maps are used under licence and is © Department of lands   Panorama Avenue Bathurst 2795   www.lands.nsw.gov.au

Maps that cover the walk area (please always carry maps of the area)

Print a map and track notes here
 Penrith 1:25 000 Map Series NSW-90303N 
 Penrith 1:100 000 Map Series 9030 

Photo Gallery

 
The stairs from the Quary
 
The stairs from the Quary +
 
The old Quary
 
The old Quary +
 
Where the rail line cut through the rock
 
Where the rail line cut through the rock +

 
One of the cuttings
 
One of the cuttings +
 
The old plaform
 
The old plaform +
 
Knapsack bridge from the siding lookou
 
Knapsack bridge from the siding lookou +

 
The walk down from the siding to the bridge
 
The walk down from the siding to the bridge +
 
Knapsack Viaduct from the side
 
Knapsack Viaduct from the side +
 
The top of the bridge
 
The top of the bridge +

Terrain

Cross sectional view of the Lapstone Bridge ZigZag walk bushwalking track

Cross Section of the Lapstone Bridge ZigZag walk bushwalking track



Analysis and summary of the altitude variation on the Lapstone Bridge ZigZag walk bushwalking track

Summary of the gradients over the the lenght of the Lapstone Bridge ZigZag walk bushwalking track

Overview of this walks Grading - Based on the AS 2156.1 - 2001
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Under this standard, a walk is graded based on the most difficult section of the walk.
Length 2km
Time 1 Hr
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Grade 4/6

Track: Hard
AS 2156.1 Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Signs Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
*This summary of grading information is new and still in testing

Some more detail of this walks Grading
Here is a bit more details explaining the grading looking at sections of the walk.
Gradient
1.3km of this walk has gentle hills with occasional steps and another 370m is flat with no steps. Whilst another 300m is very steep and the remaining 25m has short steep hills.

Quality of track
1.1km of this walk follows a smooth and hardened path and another 620m follows a clear and well formed track or trail. The remaining (300m) follows a formed track, with some branches and other obstacles.

Signs
Around 1.6km of this walk is clearly signposted, whilst the remaining 330m has directional signs at most intersection.

Experience Required
Around 1.7km of this walk requires no previous bushwalking experience, whilst the remaining 300m requires some bushwalking experience.

Weather
This whole walk, 2km is not usually affected by severe weather events (that would unexpectedly impact safety and navigation).

Infrastructure
Around 1.6km of this walk is close to useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats), whilst the remaining 330m has limited facilities (such as not all cliffs fenced).

Track Notes


Catch the bus to Car park
Public transport (bus) available to this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip to the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive to Car park
You can drive or ride to this start of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride to the start of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip to the start of this walk.
Plan your trip from --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

(0 km) Car park to steps
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 219 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 12 m Descent = -13 m
From the Lapstone water reservoir car park, this walk heads towards the motorway (north), following the foot path on the left (western) side of the road. The walk continues down the hill and under the bridge. At the end of the cutting after the bridge, the walk comes to the base of a set of stairs.

(0.22 km) Steps to Quarry
Track: Moderate - footpath
Length = 25 m Time = 1 mins
Climb = 3 m Descent = 0 m
Turn left: From here, the walk heads up the steps to the clearing at the top. This clearing is an old quarry and section of the original rail line. There is a bit of a 'rabbit warren' of tracks in this area.

(0.24 km) Quarry to Intersection of cuttings
Walk: Easy - railtrail
Length = 354 m Time = 7 mins
Climb = 18 m Descent = -6 m
Turn right: From the quarry, the track heads north, initially across the gully then into the old railway cutting. The track then follow this old train line through several cuttings and, before long, comes across a junction of these cuttings. (The other track (not used by this walk, heads south, passing a few hundred meters west of the quarry.)

(0.6 km) Intersection of cuttings to Siding
Walk: Easy - railtrail
Length = 242 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -7 m
Veer right: The track continues north through a few more cuttings, and past an old platform. Soon after this, then the track comes onto the siding (a section of railway track used for storing trains) and at the end of the siding is an old lookout, giving views down the gully to Knapsack Bridge.

(0.84 km) Siding to Knapsack Bridge
Track: Hard - bushtrack
Length = 300 m Time = 11 mins
Climb = 10 m Descent = -54 m
Turn sharp right: The walk follows the the track from the lookout down the ridge, initially turning south to come back parallel with the rail line until coming to a small track intersection. From here, the walk follows the track and stairs, winding down the hill. The track comes to the south-western corner of the bridge. After exploring the bridge footings, the track follows the defined path up to the southern end of the bridge.

(1.14 km) Knapsack Bridge to Western Motorway Footpath
Path: Easy - Wheelchair accessible - servicetrail
Length = 147 m Time = 3 mins
Climb = 5 m Descent = -6 m
Turn right: From Knapsack Bridge, the walk heads south along the old road, which soon comes to a locked gate. The walk continues around the gate and soon meets an intersection with a footpath, which heads south along the Great Western Highway.

(1.29 km) Western Motorway Footpath to Steps
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 465 m Time = 10 mins
Climb = 30 m Descent = -1 m
Turn right: This walk heads south along the footpath - it is far from a wilderness experience, walking along the highway, but serves as the most direct return route. The walk comes to the steps, next to the on-ramp.

(1.75 km) steps to Car park
Walk: Easy - footpath
Length = 219 m Time = 5 mins
Climb = 13 m Descent = -12 m
Continue straight: From the base of the steps (which lead to the old quarry), this walk heads south along the footpath that follows the on-ramp as it turns and goes under the bridge. Soon after the bridge, the walk stays left to stick to the track that brings you to the Lapstone water reservoir car park.

Catch the bus from Car park
Public transport (bus) available from this Bushwalk You can phone 131500 (the transport info line) for up to date running times.
Use these links to plan your Bus (and train) trip from the end of this walk.
(Links currently not working sorry)
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|
Drive from Car park
You can drive or ride from this end of this Bushwalk There is free parking available.
You can drive or ride from the end of this walk
Use these links to plan your trip from the end of this walk.
Plan your trip to --> Castle Hill|Chatswood|Dural|Epping|Gosford|Hornsby|Katoomba|Manly|Parramatta|Penrith|Strathfield|Sutherland|Sydney|

Getting there

Plan your trip to the start of the walk and back from the end of the walk

Public Transport links currently not working, sorry
Public Transport Timetables

To the start of the walk

From
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney
From the end of the walk

To
Castle Hill
Chatswood
Dural
Epping
Gosford
Hornsby
Katoomba
Manly
Parramatta
Penrith
Strathfield
Sutherland
Sydney

Driving Directions
To the start of the walk

Drive from:
From the end of the walk

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Near by


Campsites in the park
Acacia Flat
Burralow Creek camping ground
Coxs River Camping Area
Euroka campground - Appletree Flat campervan and camper trailer area
Euroka campground
Ingar campground
Mount Werong campground
Murphys Glen campground
Perrys Lookdown campground
Euroka Campground - Darug
Euroka Campground - Red Gum
Euroka Campground - Nioka
Euroka Campground - Bennetts Ridge


Nearest know Outdoor Stores near the start of this walk
Store Address Phone Distance (straight line)
Summit Gear 11 Ross St , Glenbrook (02) 4739 4373 1.8 km
Boots Great Outdoors Shop 25 Home Centre Wolseley St , Penrith (02) 4733 5744 2.9 km
Kangaroo Tent City Cnr Mulgoa & Blaikie Rds, Penrith (02) 4733 4111 3.3 km
Getaway Disposals 549 High St , Penrith (02) 4732 2285 5.2 km
Mitchell Adventure 24 Henry St , Penrith (02) 4731 8482 6.1 km


A list of the nearest UHF CB repeaters I found to Lapstone Bridge ZigZag walk.
Channel Call sign
(more info)
Site Distance and dir from Lapstone Bridge ZigZag walk
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4 RIV04 Fire Service Rusden Road MT RIVERVIEW 4 km (to the NNW)
2 KUR02 Miles Comms Site 1 1 246 Burralow Road KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 24 km (to the N)
7 SYD07 7 Glamorgan St BLACKTOWN 25 km (to the E)
5 SYD05 Sydney Adventist Hospital 185 Fox Valley Rd WAHROONGA
Emergency use only
42 km (to the E)
1 SYD01 12/14 Ormonde Parade HURSTVILLE 48 km (to the ESE)

Weather and Park info

Fire Danger
This walk passes Greater Sydney Region fire area which currently has a LOW MODERATE rating and No fire ban in place. (Downloaded 37 minutes ago)
Please Note: Each park may have its own fire ban, this rating is only valid for today and is based on information from the RFS Please check the RFS Website for more information.

Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate summary detailed weather and climate information here
Cloudy.
Cloudy.
15.0°C (feels like 15.9°)
0 km/h from the CALM
88% humidity     (as at 28/12:35am)
A graph displaying the average daily temperature range for the year

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