This walk follows a loop of the Heathcote River along banks of willows on a journey through the suburb of Beckenham. The walk begins and ends at Beckenham Park, which features the Beckenham Ponds and rockery.
Start: Beckenham Park, Norwood Street, Beckenham.
Finish: Same as the starting point.
Distance: 3 km.
Time: 1 hour return.
Toilets: Located at Beckenham Park.
Dogs: Can be exercised off the leash in Beckenham Park and Palatine Reserve.
From Beckenham Park the walk starts downstream to the first footbridge across to Palatine Terrace, which winds its way upstream alongside the Heathcote River flanked by beautiful old oak and willow trees. Passing the tiny Palatine Reserve (children's playground here) continue along the pleasant track leading to Farnley Reserve. This secluded rest area behind the Centaurus road shops features a river jetty and an unusual eel sculpture.
Continue along the grassy area by the river until you reach an old iron bridge on your right which crosses to Waimea/Eastern Terrace. Follow the river on Waimea Terrace for 500 metres and cross a ramp footbridge. Just on the left is the secluded Remuera Park (with children's playground).
Continue up the river along the attractive path in front of Thorrington School. Native plantings have enhanced this area and there is another river jetty. Continue along Hunter Terrace behind the Cashmere Club and cross the river again at the next footbridge. Turn right then left into Sandwich Road. Follow this road then turn left into Norwood Street to the main gates of Beckenham Park.
A walk through the park to the Beckenham ponds and rockery finishes the circuit with a large children's playground here as well.