M2C – 4: Truro to Eden Valley (46 km)

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Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Truro to Eden Valley - Heading for Eden Valley - photo by Derek
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Truro to Eden Valley – Heading for Eden Valley – photo by Derek

This scenic and varied section of the Murray to Clare Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) takes you through the eastern side of the Barossa Valley wine region.

Truro to Moculta (9 km)

After Truro, the open farmland that you rode between Eudunda and Truro starts to become hillier.

As you come down Lindsay Park Road, it’s well worth a short diversion onto Shannon Road to see the historic log bridge, now unsafe to cross.

Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Truro to Eden Valley - Near Moculta - Photo by Di Cuthbertson
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Truro to Eden Valley – Near Moculta – Photo by Di Cuthbertson

If you are lucky, pheasants from the nearby pheasant farm will be roaming the lane.

Riding past some newly established vineyards, you come to the town of Moculta, notable for its historic cottages.

Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Truro to Eden Valley - Moculta historic cottages
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Truro to Eden Valley – Moculta historic cottages

Also, an attractive sports ground, with public toilets, shade and picnic areas make it suitable for a break on a hot day.

Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Truro to Eden Valley - Moculta Oval
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Truro to Eden Valley – Moculta Oval

Moculta to Keyneton (23 km)

A few kilometres out of Moculta, you come to the gate that leads to the Moculta Mausoleum. Following a pine tree-lined driveway for two hundred metres, the track opens out to this unusual building.

Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Truro to Eden Valley - Moculta Mausoleum - Photo by Rhonda Whyatt
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Truro to Eden Valley – Moculta Mausoleum – Photo by Rhonda Whyatt

Built in 1876, the mausoleum houses the remains of 24 people. As it’s on private property, please take special care to leave everything as you found it.

Cycling on for another five kiometres, you arrive at Gnadenberg Lutheran Church with its pretty trimmed hedges, manse and stables.

Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Truro to Eden Valley - Parrot Hill Historic Site
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Truro to Eden Valley – Parrot Hill Historic Site

Nearby is the Parrot Hill Historic Site, where you can see the remains of Jacob Allert’s home (including a cellar) and a historic implement display.

Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Truro to Eden Valley - Former Home of Jacob Alert - photo by Kay Haarsma
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Truro to Eden Valley – Former Home of Jacob Alert – photo by Kay Haarsma

Following pretty and quiet dirt tracks, you ride on to cross Mount Eagle Road, where the graves of very early white settlers, John and Bridget Evans lie.

Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Truro to Eden Valley - on Paschke Road
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Truro to Eden Valley – on Paschke Road

Keyneton (pronounced Cane-ton)

The historic town of Keyneton provides a number of interesting landmarks. For more information, you can pick up a brochure about the Keyneton Heritage Trail at the Community Post Office.

Worthwhile stopping points are the Soldiers Memorial Hall, the Independent Chapel and the North Rhine Church, cemetery and bell tower.

Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Truro to Eden Valley - Soldiers Memorial Hall at Keyneton
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Truro to Eden Valley – Soldiers Memorial Hall at Keyneton
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Truro to Eden Valley North Rhine St Peter’s Lutheran Church cemetery
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Truro to Eden Valley North Rhine St Peter’s Lutheran Church cemetery
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Truro to Eden Valley - Bell tower at North Rhine St Peter’s Lutheran Church
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Truro to Eden Valley – Bell tower at North Rhine St Peter’s Lutheran Church

At the Keyneton Oval there is a picnic table, public toilets and the opportunity to replenish your water supply.

One kilometre north of the M2C, in the township of Keyneton itself, is the former Temperance Hotel, which successfully operated without selling alcohol from 1883 for sixty-five years!

Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Truro to Eden Valley - Temperance Hotel by Kay Haarsma
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Truro to Eden Valley – Temperance Hotel,Keyneton  by Kay Haarsma

Keyneton to Eden Valley (14 km)

Leaving Keyneton, you travel through more beautiful vineyards and then begin the climb on Peggy Hill Road.

As you near Eden Valley, Keynes Hill Road is particularly beautiful, with its spectacular views,

Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Truro to Eden Valley - Coming over a crest on Keynes Hill Road
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Truro to Eden Valley – Coming over a crest on Keynes Hill Road

rocky outcrops

Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Truro to Eden Valley - Rocky outcrops on Keynes Hills Road
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Truro to Eden Valley – Rocky outcrops on Keynes Hills Road

and vineyards.

Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Truro to Eden Valley - Vineyards on Keynes Hill Road
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Truro to Eden Valley – Vineyards on Keynes Hill Road

With one last lovely descent, you arrive in Eden Valley.

The small town of Eden Valley has an excellent pub and a number of interesting historic buildings, such as the Eden Valley Wine Building.

Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) - Truro to Eden Valley - Eden Valley Wine Building
Lavender Cycling Trail (M2C) – Truro to Eden Valley – Eden Valley Wine Building
Food

Once you leave Truro (see M2C Eudunda to Truro for options in Truro), there are no food outlets until you reach the Eden Valley Hotel. However, if you are looking for a meal, please be sure to phone them in advance as their hours can be variable.

Accommodation and Camping

Some accommodation and camping suggestions for the M2C between Truro and Eden Valley are as follows: (for suggestions for Truro see the M2C between Eudunda and Truro)

Moculta

Lemke Cottage (right on the M2C Trail)

Hutton Vale Farm (2 kilometres from the M2C, suitable for larger groups, minimum 2 nights stay)

Keyneton

Camping: Rams Head Corner, a Trail Head on the Kidman Trail, is only one kilometre from the M2C.

Pennys Road (3 kilometres from the M2C Trail)

Brockenchack (right on the M2C Trail, minimum 2 nights stay)

Eden Valley

Camping: Eden Valley Showgrounds Caravan Park, corner Rhine Park Road and Eden Valley Road, phone 8568 1934.

Go Go’s (right on the M2C Trail)

Public Toilets

Public toilets are available at Moculta and Keyneton ovals. At Eden Valley the public toilets are located on the M2C Trail at the caravan park, one kilometre south of the town.

Summary of M2C ride between Truro and Eden Valley

The full map of the Murray to Clare Cycling Trail is available here. However, for ease of reference this section from Truro to Eden Valley is shown below:

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For a detailed account of this section of the trail, including more photos, see Day 4 of an eBike Adventure on the M2C.

For information about the next section of the trail:-
Heading North: see the Eudunda to Truro page.
Heading South: see the Eden Valley to Mount Pleasant page.

If you would like to provide feedback about the trail, please contact us by using the Contact Page. We will respond to you as soon as possible.

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