Today I took my camera and went to reconnoitre a new route called Check-My-Tree Trail which starts and ends on the outskirts of Vienna in the district of Neuwaldegg (tram 43).
The way is marked with prominent green arrows.
The opening section was straight and flat, and along a tree lined avenue in the direction of the Schwarzenberg Park and the Vienna Woods.
After 2 kms the tarmac ended. I then crossed a small wooden bridge over a stream and took a woodland path on the right.
The path climbed steadily upward and curved around 3 bends. With another 2 kms and the halfway mark behind me I arrived at a handsome shelter cum information point on the summit plateau.
This building marks the Wende or turn. From here the way back to the the starting point is just 3.6 kms. The outward journey was 4 kms.
Back at the start there are 3 options:
1) go round again
2) catch a tram back to the city
3) go for a swim
Time taken: 52 minutes
I like the Check-My-Tree Trail and predict it will prove very popular with weekend runners and walkers. Clearer signing on the return route near the snack bar in the park would be quite useful. But that's a minor criticism. It's amazing what you can do with a dozen green arrows. Money well spent!