Welcome back, and welcome to 2017! It’s time for a Brompton ride!
To kick off 2017 we’re going to try a new route – Melbourne’s Outer Circle rail trail.
As the trail’s name implies, we’re going to have to travel out into the suburbs to get to it; but thankfully not too far. This will be a longer ride than some of our past ones, but the pace will remain considerate for all who attend.
Where: Meet at Federation Square, opposite Finders Street Station (as usual)
Est duration: 4 hours
Est distance: 40km
From Federation Square we will follow Yarra Trail upriver to Burnley, then cross the river at Kooyong. From here we will follow Gardiner Creek Trail south-east to Malvern East. Gardiner Creek Trail is quite pleasant, pretty flat, and easy to follow.
Roughly opposite the East Malvern Train Station we will pick up the Outer Circle Rail Trail and turn north again. The trail leads us through the suburbs of Ashburton, Camberwell, Deepdene, and Kew East, passing several “ghost stations” along the way. There are a couple of hills on the route, but we will take them as they come!
If we haven’t found a place to stop for lunch earlier, lunch may well be at the Fairfield Park Boathouse, on the Yarra River. From here we will take Merri Creek Trail back to Green Park, and Canning Street back to Federation Square.
Should the weather not cooperate on Sunday we may consider postponing the ride until Australia Day – the following Thursday. All other details remain the same until otherwise advised.
Please comment below if you intend to join our ride but are not a member of our Facebook group. As most event decisions are made via discussions on our Facebook page, we will endeavour to keep you abreast of any changes.
As this ride will also be a great warm-up for this year’s Ride The Night (28 Jan) we hope to see all our Bromptoneers who are participating in that event. Click here to donate to our team and help our disadvantaged youth. Thank you ❤