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Steepways Lane

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Steepway Lane Steepway Lane - Photo: Murray Cubitt

Steepways Lane is a short suburban pass on "The Ridge" in Johannesburg. Despite a miniscule elevation variance of  just 16m and just over one minute to drive it, the little pass resembles the real thing with tight hairpins and steep gradients that reach 1:6. It connects The Ridge Road in the south with Kallenbach Drive in the north.

On the southerly side and over the ridge are the areas of Cyrildene, Observatory and Morninghill, but these suburbs are not visible to Linksfield as they are hidden behind the Linksfield Ridge. The suburb is located on part of an old Witwatersrand farm called Doornfontein.

In 1910, the area was known as Muller's Plantation and it was many years later and after several attempts, before the land was successfully surveyed. It would be proclaimed as suburb on 8 March 1922 and its name is derived from the word Links and its closeness to the nearby Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club. The suburb was developed by Mr. A.M. Kennedy and Hermann Kallenbach. Kallenbach would build a house on Linksfield Ridge in 1929. The Huddlepark Golf Course and Driving Range borders with Linksfield and Linksfield North.

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Digging into the details:

Getting there: To drive this road from south to north as we have filmed it, head south along Louis Botha Avenue in Orange Grove, a well known and older Johannesburg suburb, then turn left (east) onto the M16 route for two city blocks (450m) and turn right onto the R33. Take the first turn to the right into 7th Street and the first turn left into Goodman Terrace. Head south for 300m to arrive at the northern start of Sylvia's Pass. At the summit of Sylvia's Pass, turn left onto the The Ridge Road and drive for 500m and turn left at the fork, Steepways Lane.

Description: The entire pass is a descent (in this direction) and consists of four sharp bends, two of which are full hairpins. The pass ends at the apex of the second left hand bend. The road is narrow and requires a much slower speed than the posted limit of 60 kph. Similar to Sylvia's Pass, this one also boasts some beautiful dressed stone safety walls.

The Ridge School, Johannesburg.

The Harvey Nature Reserve lies on the western part of Linksfield Ridge. The land was donated to the people of Johannesburg in 1959 by Sydney Harvey and consisted of 7 acres for a nature and bird sanctuary. It is maintained by the Johannesburg City Parks. The area borders with the controversial Rietfontein farm that was donated by President Paul Kruger to the people of Johannesburg as a tropical disease Hospital in approximately 1895. It is now known as Sizwe Hospital. The farm has the only pristine natural grasslands left in Johannesburg and is still the home for the Vervet monkeys and much natural fauna and flora. Unfortunately the farm is under threat for development.

The suburb has two schools within it. Linksfield Primary School which has been open since 31 July 1950. The second is a Jewish school called King David Schools, Linksfield and was founded in 1948 and the high school in 1955. In close proximity is the Greek School, Saheti School, and the English Girl's School, St Andrews.


Fact File:

GPS START

S26.16861 E28.093030

GPS SUMMIT

S26.16861 E28.093030

GPS END

S26.16770  E28.09406

AVE GRADIENT

1:57

MAX GRADIENT

1:16

ELEVATION START

1768m

ELEVATION SUMMIT

1768m

ELEVATION END

1752m

HEIGHT GAIN/LOSS

16m

DISTANCE

264m

DIRECTION - TRAVEL

North

TIME REQUIRED

1 minute

SPEED LIMIT

60 kph

SURFACE

Tar 

DATE FILMED

13.06.2021

TEMPERATURE

20C

NEAREST TOWN

Johannesburg (6 km)


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