Walker conquers Wentworth Falls' streets

Yvonne Kuvener has walked all the streets of Wentworth Falls and now she's contemplating how many other Blue Mountains villages she can take in her stride.

Is took the retiree about a year to walk all the streets in her village. She's always liked to walk for exercise, and decided to vary her route and eventually walk the entire village.

"It added a real purpose and interest to the walking," Ms Kuvener said.

Living two kilometres north-east of the village, she completed nearly all the walking from her home and back, sometimes gone for up to three hours.

"Of course, as I progressed, so too did the distance to my 'new' starting point, at times needing to walk for almost an hour before reaching it," Ms Kuvener said.

"I did 'cheat' however with Tableland Rd and surrounding streets. An 8km return walk just to get there, so I drove, parked and headed off, walking the distance in a number of stages."

She walked most days, except during the smoky bushfire season.

"I have enjoyed the glorious hues of spring and autumn, obtained ideas on various forms of landscaping, delighted in sensational views and been extremely appreciative of the area in which I live," the 65 year old said.

She has also seen many a beautiful garden and interesting house design and chatted with many people along the way.

Ms Kuvener was once asked if she "beat the bounds" as she walked. Apparently the custom of beating the bounds originated in England in the days before maps and written title deeds. Setting the physical boundaries of the village - then called a church parish - was necessary to establish responsibility for all those settled there.

The priest of the parish and other officials would walk the boundaries, striking boundary stones with a stick of birch or willow to "mark the bounds".

"As I didn't carry a birch stick, I often tapped the boundary with a eucalyptus branch, my foot or hand. I must say that tapping the stop sign on Sinclair Crescent may have looked somewhat peculiar to passing motorists," Ms Kuvener said.

"It has been a great experience, with my only regret being I didn't record kilometres, times or steps.

"It's a good way to see a town or village through different eyes."

Not content to walk just one village, Ms Kuvener and her husband Greg Pitty, have gone on to walk Bullaburra and Lawson.

It took them just 8.5 hours to walk all of Bullaburra's streets (28km) and 19 hours to walk Lawson's 64km worth of streets.

Ms Kuvener's contemplating Medlow Bath, Blackheath or Leura next, but is reluctant to commit to Katoomba - "it would be massive."

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