The Walk the Yorke Leisure Trail (the WTY Trail) is a continuous shared walking and cycling trail around the entire Yorke Peninsula (YP) coastline; a distance of approximately 500 kilometres of spectacularly rugged cliffs, amazing views, pristine beaches, secluded coves, rocky reefs and tidal pools, windswept sand dunes, samphire forests, historic lighthouses and a peek into some of Australia’s most productive farming land, rich Aboriginal culture and endemic scrublands.
Stephen Goldsworthy (aka Goldy), is Yorke Peninsula Council’s Operations Manager and Project Manager of WTY. Goldy had the vision in 2004 of creating a walking trail that would truly demonstrate how stunning the Yorke Peninsula region is. Over his many years at Council, Goldy, along with local Progress Associations, had managed the construction of walking and cycling trails within a majority of the townships. It was during the planning of these unconnected trails, (totalling approximately 60km) that the idea of the WTY Trail was born.
In 2013, Yorke Peninsula Council successfully applied for funding for the project, with construction occurring over 2.5 years. During this time Council worked with a number of partners including; neighbouring councils, Wakefield and Copper Coast, as the trail starts and ends within these districts, Department of Environment, Water,and Natural Resources (DEWNR), Natural Resources Northern and Yorke, Adjahdura Narungga Heritage Group and 20 local Progress Associations.
Walk the Yorke was officially opened on 13 December 2015. The Project was jointly funded by the Australian Government, South Australian Government and the Yorke Peninsula Council.