Hilltop Kennels & Cattery

5 km
Forest Creek Return

A rewarding 5 km out and back run that takes in Forest Creek and affords a taste of Happy Valley before returning back in to the heart of Castlemaine.

The route turns left out of the Camp Reserve1 and runs along Forest Street crossing the Midland Highway2. Runners continue up Forest Street (Pyrenees Highway), a wide thoroghfare which passes the Western Reserve3 on the right and central Castlemaine on the left. As the view towards Forest Hill5 beckons, runners are taken past historic Castlemaine Primary school4 on the left.
At the 1.2km mark a sharp left takes runners on to Happy Valley Road and a gentle ascent before taking a right turn and heading down on to the Forest Creek trail6.

The Forest Creek trail winds its way along, into the valley, crossing the creek over a narrow footbridge. Runners will need to exercise caution. There is plenty of room for 2 way traffic but competitors will need to be mindful of fellow runners. 500 m on and the turn around point7 is in sight.

The route back is mostly downhill and will favour negative splits.

A fast finish is on the cards with a half loop of the Camp Reserve for good measure.