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Somers Trail

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published July 21st 2019
Maybe called Somer but a good winter walk
Reserve entrance
The entrance at Cochrane Street.

The Somers Trail is only about 600 metres in length but there is a lot to see in this short walk. There is a small off-street car park at the Cochrane Street end.

At that end, there is a large expanse of grass which is a designated off-leash area for dogs. I noted several magpies ground feeding in that area.

Magpie
Watching magpies is entertaining.

The path meanders through this well maintained grassy area with many mature gum trees lining the way.

Pathway
There are many seats along the way.

There is a fenced-in playground which is ideal for young children who become adventurous and tend to wander. Seats just outside the fence are provided to sit and watch the kids play.

Fenced playground
The fenced playground.

The main path is asphalt and wide, catering for pedestrians and cyclists alike. An illustrated sign board gives guidelines for using the trail.

Trail users advice sign
The illustrated advisory sign for trail users.

A little way in the trail narrows and two paths follow on opposite sides of the small un-named creek. The south side is the asphalt one and most suitable for wheelchairs, although the first hundred metres from Cochrane Road has a mild downhill slope.

creek
Part of the small bubbling creek.

The northern track is just that, an unsealed narrow track, steep in parts and rough in others.

Birds were most evident. Currawongs were the most numerous and certainly the loudest of the birds observed. A few quiet noisy miners were also noted.

Currawong
One of the many currawongs seen.

The most colourful prize goes to two rainbow lorikeets who kindly perched in an overhead tree and commenced feeding, oblivious of the 300mm canon pointed at them.

Rainbow lorikeets
Rainbow lorikeets having lunch.

Although my visit was on a sunny winter weekday afternoon it was very popular with both walkers and walkers with their dog.

Couple walking dog.
Lovely day for a walk.

The trail is named Somers after Somers Street which borders part of the area.

If you continue over Fuller Street, you will pass the Heatherdale Ponding retarding basin and then onto the Heatherdale Reserve, which will give you a three-kilometre return walk.
Pathway
The path leading to Heatherdale Ponding.

It is a quiet pleasant walk in a quiet neighbourhood.
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Where: Somers Trail, Between Cochrane Street & Fuller Street, Mitcham. Melways map: 49 B. 11.
Cost: free
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