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Published January 3rd 2017
Get On Your Bike Sunshine
How exciting. A beautiful day, we're on holidays, let's get outdoors and have some fun. Let's go on a bike ride.
We decided to ride along the Lilydale to Warburton disused and historic Rail Trail. Being our first time, our plan was to ride nearly half way and then return. That took us from Lilydale to Seville - 16.6KM. The whole trail to Warburton is approx 38KM. We'll do the whole trail next time.
We started the trail in Lilydale. The beginning of the trail is very easy to find. If you drive there, park your car in the Lilydale railway station car park and you'll see signs directing you to the beginning of the track. Note: You can join this trail at many points between Lilydale and Warburton. Check this website out to find out more info.
The trail is very well maintained. Along the way, there were council workers cutting and trimming back trees to keep it safe for the users. A real credit to the local councils.
I have to let you know, the trial from Lilydale to Mt Evelyn (first section of the trail) is all uphill. Don't be put off though. The uphill gradient is not steep at all. It's just a steady grind. Be in a low gear, relax, don't rush and you will be at the historic Mt Evelyn train platform in no time.
Next section is Mt Evelyn to Wandin. Some downhill relief. The sound of bellbirds is so tranquil. Maybe a toilet stop or water refill? There were quite a few families on this section of the trail. It's quite safe for young kids learning to ride. I noticed riders included young families, teenagers riding together and even serious single riders (yes with lycra) flying by.
The trail from Wandin to Seville is very easy. There is a surprise though. Out of nowhere comes this clearing and low and behold, an old train carriage converted into a cafe. It is an oasis. I stopped and had to take a photo. Just astonishing. There were saddled up horses tied to a long fence. Not sure if it was a horse riding school or the riders were having a coffee.
Once we reached Seville, we decided to return. This was our first experience on this trial. Our butts were hurting a little. Although there was to be some slight uphill riding, we knew that the 6KM journey from Mt Evelyn back to Lilydale would be all down hill. That made a very pleasing end to the journey.
As a trail for a bike ride, walk or horse ride, this is one of the best I've experienced in Melbourne. A wonderfully maintained trail with great views, great facilities and an abundance of wildlife. This is a must do whilst you're on holidays.
a few months ago we did weekend away to do the Lilydale/WarburtonTrail ride with our group of like minded cycling friends. A great ride not to taken at a fast pace, enjoying the scenery along the way & the next day we did the Aquaduct trail as well which was excellent riding, more bush & rocky track worth doing as a weekend away---Adele C