In Hartley Vale - close to the 'Comet Inn' you will find directions to - Lawson Long Alley & Lockyers Track - Plus Other Walking Tracks.
Lawsons Long Alley
When Victoria Pass opened in 1832 this road which opened in 1824 was closed.
This undulating 'easy' walk takes approx. 2.5 hours
Because Victoria Pass was opened in 1832, this road was not completed.
An undulating, 'easy' walk
This walk follows the road that was built by 'Berghofer' because Victoria Pass was too steep for the new 'motor cars'
It is a gently sloping 'easy' walk taking approx. 1.5 hours return.
This historic & famous road was the first road over the mountains. It was built in 1815 but not used after 1824. Governor Macquarie travelled down the new road in 1815 and the road had to be widened for his carriage - the pick marks at the top of Mt York were made by the convicts when widening the road.
This walk starts beside Hartley Vale Road and the Darling Causeway junction.
The walk is to the top of the cliff where the railway carriages plunged steeply down to the shale works in the valley below - remains of railway workings can still be seen.
The views are stunning looking down into the valley to Hartley Vale, The Comet Inn & in the distance Collits' Inn.
The walking track begins right at the end of Mt. York Road - you will find it is marked to guide you down to the valley.
Many accounts are recorded of the dangerous descents with loaded bullock wagons - at one time a log bridge existed to enable them to descend - traces of it can still be seen today in the form of gouges in the rocks.
On Mt York Road you will find traces of two wells thought to be the site of a construction camp for the making of Cox's Road.
Again, the views to the Valley and beyond are beautiful.
The Lithgow Town and Around Website
Hartley Historic Bush Walks
Access to Lawsons Long Alley can be found on Mt. York road. There are well marked signs indicating the early roads.
Lawsons Long Alley is along the east side of Mt York descending to the old shale mining town of Hartley Vale.
In Hartley Vale you will find the Comet Inn (1879) which was the headquarters of the Comet Kerosene Company who mined shale in Hartley Vale from 1865 to 1913.