The Ringwood – Belgrave Rail Trail is a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians, which follows the Belgrave railway line from the Mullum Mullum Creek Trail in Ringwood to Belgrave railway station in Belgrave, in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
This is a convenient and popular trail as it connects with various other trails in the area as well as being directly serviced by eight railway stations on the Belgrave railway line along its 19.2 km route.
Park your car in King Street and follow the Dandenong Creek Trail to where the Belgrave Railway Trail branches off in the centre of the park and provides a mostly gentle ride as it follows the suburban railway line South-East towards Belgrave.
You shouldn’t have any difficulties for the first half other than negotiating a number of major arterial roads and not getting side tracked as the route takes you through some busy shopping precincts.
Near Tecoma you get to ride or walk on the original narrow gauge embankments which were bypassed when the line was rebuilt in broad gauge. From here the going gets a little harder as you climb up towards Belgrave.
Just keep thinking of the great bakeries waiting at your destination.
Some hot food after completing this ride will be well deserved.
As mentioned earlier, this trail links with the Mullum Mullum Creak Trail which can be used to extend your outing.
- Name: Belgrave Railway Trail
- Region: Melbourne
- Start: Marie Wallace Park, King Street, Bayswater, Victoria
- Finish: Blacksmiths Way, Belgrave, Victoria
- Length: 19km
- Time: 1-2 hours
- Type: Linear
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Suitable for: All bike types.
- Terrain: Even though the trails follows the suburban railway line from Bayswater to Belgrave in the Dandenong Ranges there are a number of hills and overpasses to traverse, particularly towards the Belgrave end where it can be more arduous .
- Surface: The trail surface is sealed the entire length.
- Hazards: There are numerous road crossing where you will need to be mindful of traffic.
- Facilities: There are at both the start and end of the trail as well as several point off the trail route.
- Best Times: All year.
- Getting There: The trail is 40km East of Melbourne