Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Langwarrin Reserve
A traffic-free former military reserve with a series of meandering trails provides a fabulous opportunity for less experienced mountain bikers and family groups to get a taste of riding in the bush. The ride may appear to have a lot of directions however it gives you an introduction to the best riding in the reserve and you will be able to do different rides with confidence when you return.
Most of the trail surfaces are firm natural earth with some areas of sand. The reserve provides quite flat cycling in a natural setting making it ideal for family rides. More experienced riders can also have a lot of fun on the network of trails and you can link together a number of different routes once you get to know the place.
As you meander around the reserve it is hard to imagine how it was in the past. In colonial days this was a thriving military camp designed to form part of the ring of defences on Mornington Peninsula when invasion by Russians was feared. In 1886, 2195 men and 670 horses were engaged in defence exercises here. Later on, a military hospital and other facilities were constructed. All that remains today is the reservoir and a few isolated lumps of concrete.
As the vegetation continues to develop in the reserve, there is a growing presence of birds and small fauna, some of which you will see and hear as you ride. Soon after the start you pass the reservoir and skirt an area with soft sandy singletrack before following a wider track along the perimeter. There is little chance of becoming lost as you follow a series of twists and turns along the network of tracks; the reserve has well defined borders. Remember the sunscreen in warmer weather as the tree shade is intermittent.
Langwarrin is situated close to Frankston, near the northernmost extremity of Mornington Peninsula. By car, take the Cranbourne Road turn off from the Frankston Freeway and turn right on McClelland Drive. The entrance to the reserve is Melway 103 D10. By rail, take the train to Frankston and ride the FrankstonBaxter Trail from near the station in Playne Street to the park entrance; or catch the infrequent Stony Point diesel service to Baxter and ride back to the park along the Baxter Trail.
Food and Drink
Nothing on site. Karingal shopping centre is about 1km from the start of the ride.
McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park is a short distance north on McClelland Road. Even if you are not drawn to this art form, the gallery is well worth a visit. It has a fine array of sculptures set in natural bushland.
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