The Hahndorf Pioneer Women’s Trail Walk is a great community event enjoyed each year by all who participate.
Each year hundreds of walkers make the trek following the trail made by German pioneer women as they carried their fresh produce from Hahndorf to market in Adelaide 180 years ago.
The Pioneer Women’s Trail was rediscovered by members of the Hahndorf and Burnside Branches of the National Trust, and Walking SA in 1980. The annual Pioneer Women’s Trail Walk retraces their steps over 26km from Hahndorf to Beaumont.
This year marks 180 years since the establishment of Hahndorf, and it is the 10th year of this event.
As the walkers descend from Hahndorf join them for a special harvest celebration with live music, food, wine and produce in the beautiful autumn splendour of the Beaumont House gardens. Lend a hand picking olives in the 150 year old olive grove for the famous Davenport Olive Oil. Admission to the Heritage Harvest Festival can be purchased at the gate.
The Pioneer Women’s Trail is approximately 26km long and mainly follows country roads, lane ways and bush tracks through a delightful section of the Adelaide Hills with historic homes, deciduous trees and native bushland.
Commencing at Verdun, the trail winds through Bridgewater, following Cox Creek part of the way. After traversing beautiful Mt George Conservation Park the trail detours through Stirling, with its many coffee shops. It continues through Crafers and Cleland Conservation Park, before joining the Old Bullock Track, finally emerging to stunning city views and the descent to Beaumont House in Burnside.
The full walk starts at 8.30am from the Hahndorf Institute. You can also choose to do a shorter walk by starting at three other points Bridgewater (19km, starting at 9.30am), Stirling (12km, starting at 11am) and Eagle on the Hill (6km, starting at 11.15am).
Buses serve all starting points and there is a return bus to Hahndorf departing Beaumont House at 3.30pm. All walkers receive free admission to the Heritage Harvest Festival.
Walker registration is $20 per person, or $15 for groups of 5 or more. Buses are $10 per person one way.
Hahndorf to Beaumont | 26 km walk
Bridgewater to Beaumont | 19 km walk
Stirling to Beaumont | 12 km walk
Eagle on the Hill to Beaumont | 6 km walk