New Cycle Paths in Ayalon-Canada Park-1.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
New Cycle Paths in Ayalon-Canada Park
The Seventh Lot new cycle trail, which was built by KKL-JNF with the help of a donation from the Windsor Community in Canada, is buzzing with activity. Thanks to the Canadian community of London, Ontario, KKL-JNF is starting work on construction of the new Ayalon trail.
It’s not yet 9 a.m. but Shmuel Chen of Rishon LeZion and Haim Barti of Nes Tziona have already cycled the twelve kilometers of the Seventh Lot (HaGoral HaShvi‘i) Trail. The bikes have been loaded back on to their vehicles, and the two early birds are now drinking coffee in the KKL-JNF picnic area. “This is a wonderful spot in the center of the country that gives us the opportunity to get out for a ride two or three times a week, and then from here we go straight on to work,” says Chen.
An enthusiastic cyclist, Chen has a special affection for this particular route. “This is an area where we can ride in both winter and summer. The landscape is varied and demands a combination of different cycling styles. There are some challenging sections, while other parts of it are suitable for the whole family.”
Barti, an equally committed cyclist, adds: “Cycling is a hobby that combines sport, nature, excursions and social interaction. The paths in Canada Park are the best suited to this, as far as we’re concerned.”
This was precisely what KKL-JNF staff had in mind when they began to blaze footpaths and cycle trails inside Canada Park: they wanted to provide attractive routes for the many visitors who flock to the site. The Seventh Lot Trail encircles Springs Valley on the top of the ridge and winds its way between historical sites, scenic lookouts, forests and open spaces.
“The impressive variety of landscapes and sites is what makes this trail such an attraction,” says Haggai Yablovich, a KKL-JNF forester in the Ben Shemen-Canada bloc, and he reels off the names of some the main points of interest along the way: a Roman bathhouse; an old house that once belonged to a sheikh; Hill 14, which was the site of fierce fighting in Israel’s War of Independence; a Hasmonean fortress at Tel Akad; beautiful views of the Tzora and Eshtaol forests; and the finishing point at Agam HaTmarim lake. KKL-JNF has provided explanatory signs at the principal sites, so that visitors, while enjoying the landscapes and natural surroundings, can add to their knowledge of their country’s history at the same time.