Cycling Horsham, Grampians, Wimmera River Trail Ride

Cycling Horsham, Cycling the Grampians, Sightseeing Ride, Wimmera River Trail Ride Before you even start this ride the miniature railway park that you have parked in front of might distract you. If you’re interested in a ride, the miniature trains get up a head of steam on the second Sunday of the month between 1.00pm and 4.00pm. Also worth exploring behind the caravan park, are the botanic gardens designed by William Guilfoyle, who was also responsible for Melbourne’s plot. The gardens are more than just that, as apart from the formal gardens, you will find a wetlands area, the riverside that you are about to explore, sporting facilities and the caravan park. The area is also significant to the local Kooris. The ride starts in pleasant surroundings along side the river, sheltered by mature red gums. You are bound to pass the many locals who take their daily constitutional along here. Use of the river for recreation is a long-standing pastime with boys swimming in the river from the beginnings of settlement. A swimming pool was built along here in 1908 and was used up until the 1950s. A slight detour along the way is the path over the bridge out to the small island where you will find a picnic area and large playground. The weir you are about to come upon holds the river back along this part of the ride. Apart from maintaining the river level for recreation, the weir’s original purpose was for the town’s water supply. It also helps control flooding, which seems hard to believe in these times of drought. However the blue poles near the weir provide the evidence of flood levels for you to see. Past the weir you ride into the rejuvenated wetlands area where you will find plenty of birdlife. You can ride around all the paths that twist in and out of this section, but keep heading down stream where you will soon come into natural habitat. Here you will find plenty of water holes full of logs and debris shed by the trees. It’s a slightly dejected place, but you can be sure the furry, scaly and feathered inhabitants find it just fine. Most of the year you will be able to cross the ford and head back on the other side. Terrain This is a riverside trail that goes from being a well maintained surface shared pathway to bush tracks with a smooth unsealed section in the middle. Even the rough bits are fairly easy to negotiate on a bike. Traffic There are plenty of walkers and a few cyclists at the start and virtually no one at the end. How to Get There Horsham is 300 kilometres west of Melbourne on the Western Highway, via Ballarat, Ararat and Stawell. Crossing the Wimmera River coming into Horsham’s CBD head to the left at the roundabout down O’Callaghans Parade. Turn left at Baker Street and immediately left again into Firebrace Street. The ride starts in the Dixon Drive car park next to the Horsham Angling Club at the end of Firebrace Street as it turns to the left beside the river. VicRoads Map: 544 F7. Food and Drink There are plenty of cafes, bakeries and so forth in Horsham. A good one, close by, is the Fig Tree Café in Wilson Street, turning right off Firebrace Street. CYCLEMAP https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1jKLAhKsHfoS2RmjDHIrecgb3PVs
Ride type:
Sightseeing
Mountain biking
Road riding
Commuter
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Easy (Blue)
Ride Duration: <1 hr
Fitness Level: Low
Terrain:
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
On-Road
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 5.8
Elevation Gain (metres): 50
Services:
Water
Food
First Aid
Toilets
Bike hire facilities
Carparking
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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