Cycle Melbourne, Mountain Bike Ride, Red Hill Singletrack Loop
Simple navigation, road side singletrack with a bit of everything a mountain biker looks for and a fantastic tour of some of the best wineries and other attractions on the peninsula. Hills are gentle and at times the track is secluded. Intermittently you ride on a carpet of pine needles and smooth compacted dirt, with tree roots, ruts and wet spots adding variety and interest. The final stretch is an easy downhill slope through to the café finish.
This ride is best done in summer as Red Hill gets high rainfall and tracks can get very muddy. Warmer weather is also the best time to sample the local produce or visit the market. There are so many interesting sights along the way it would be a pity to miss the experience even if your off-road skills are limited or you are not confident in the tricky stuff. Often the best way is to give it a go and if need be, walk the technical bits. For skilled riders, there is a lot of fun without anything being highly demanding.
From the start there is a gentle downhill before exposed tree roots get your attention. At the 3km mark you exit a tunnel of trees onto grass beside Roberts Road, then you need to turn hard left to pick up the next part of track opposite the winery.
At times the singletrack is on one side of the road then switches to the other side. The log gives you directions but if in doubt, just explore both sides of the road. Purves Road is the location of a horse riding establishment near the 14km point – often the track gets cut up and muddy between Greens Bush and where the horse rides start.
Turning into Pindara Road marks the high point of the ride, but take care while you swoop downhill as you can meet cars.
Red Hill is on the Mornington Peninsula, about an hour and a half south east of Melbourne; Melway 190 E3. Start of ride is at intersection of Arthurs Seat Road and Mornington-Flinders Road (same start as rides 71 and 72). If you are planning to ride close to school start or finish times, please do not park near the school.
Food and Drink
Café at the start/finish. The café is very bike friendly with everything from healthy tucker to fun food and boutique beers, local wine, and friendly staff. The café provides caffeine and fuel for the local MTB club, Red Hill riders.
You pass many of the peninsula’s top wineries, strawberry and olive farms plus a car museum and a maze on the ride. Clean up after the ride and explore. Arthurs Seat lookout and Red Hill market also nearby. Red Hill market runs on the first Saturday each month from September to May 8am – 1pm. Melway 190 J4. Telephone (03) 5988 4424.
22.282 km / 13.846 mi
376 m / 1,235 ft
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