Upper Hunter

41 WALKS AND HIKES Explore HISTORICAL WALKS Aberdeen Town Walk Historic Aberdeen was one of the first settlements in the Upper Hunter Valley. By 1840 there was a mill and an inn near the banks of the river (both still in existence today), however within two decades the town boasted a post office, school, three inns, several shops, a mill and two churches. Exploring Aberdeen on foot today, one can still see glimpses of early Aberdeen. A brochure and map available at all Upper Hunter Visitor Information centres denote 16 historical plaques set in the town’s footpaths and on its buildings Class 1. Distance: Variable Scone Town Walk The town of Scone was laid out in 1837, taking in the area between the Kingdon Ponds and the Great North Road – now the New England Highway. Pick up a map showing 36 points of historical interest from the Scone Visitor Centre, located at Hunter Warbirds, 1 Walter Pye Ave. Class 5. Distance: Variable. Class 5. Distance: Variable Muswellbrook Heritage Town Walk This 4.5k walk throughout Muswellbrook CBD includes 40 different items of historical significance. You can start and stop at any point and pick up again later where you left off. Fine old buildings dating back to the mid-1800s, grand residences, and community precincts are testimony to the town’s good times and hard times, but all significant in the development of Muswellbrook. A copy of the Muswellbrook Heritage Town Walk is available from Muswellbrook’s Visitor Information Centre - Weidmann Cottage, 132 Bridge Street. Class 5. Distance: Variable Merriwa Historical Town Walk Early settlers in search of good grazing land arrived in the Merriwa district in the late 1820s, with the first town lots released for sale in October 1840. The first church was built in 1850; the first schools were erected in 1849 (private) and 1850 (state), and a hospital in 1883. Rail reached Merriwa in 1917, followed by electricity in 1937. A map depicting 26 points of historic interest is available from the Merriwa Visitor Information Centre in Vennacher Street. Class 5. Distance: Variable It’s time to explore your adventurous side with invigorating walks and hikes that offer something for all ages. Discover Upper Hunter Country on foot while you take in our historic buildings and magnificent natural beauty. *See page 39 for Class Key

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