Get active: walking/riding trails in Melbourne

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Spring is here, the weather is getting better and after a spell of 30’s it is time to put the runners on and tackle some of the beautiful walks/runs/rides Melbourne has on offer!

So let’s have a look at some of the walking/riding trails I have stumbled across and love.

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Yarra Trail – starting in Hawthorn 

Okay so I know the Yara Trail is huge, it does a massive loop of the city, and really you can join on at any point. The access point I have been on is from Hawthorn, starting off Auburn road, you can head east heading further away from the city, or you can venture west along the Yarra. It is beautiful as well as challenging with a few hills in there. From Hawthorn, it is 7km to the start of Birrarung Marr.

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St George’s Road

Recently I moved to Thornbury and just around the corner is St George’s Road, although no a track as such, it is a path in the middle of the main road that goes all the way to Reservoir and down to Fitzroy. Beautiful palms and an amazing view of the city! I love running this path!

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Stubley Park

Located in Kew, Stubley Park is just amazing! They even host Park Run here on a Saturday morning. You don’t even feel like you’re in Melbourne! Loads of picnic areas and they even have a cafe, just in case you get thirsty after that exercise! You can ride, run or walk this one and the swing bridge is beautiful.

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Princess Park

A beautiful park with a trail right around the edge, also a Park Run destination on a Saturday. Walk, ride, run around here and it would be around 3km. Then enjoy the fountain and the amazing green grass. They also have a few park gyms here too!

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Merri Creek

I’ve spoken about this one before in my blog Best things in life are free: Cheap ways to explore Melbourne. But it really is a great trail, a few hills for some challenge too! Go from Fitzroy to Coburg for a big workout and look at the art along the way!

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Williamstown/Altona

Travel along the beach from Williamstown all the way to Altona and back! A beautiful walk/run/ride by the water, past the dog beach and even all the way up to those city views – giving off that Brooklyn looking onto Manhattan vibe. Love this area, just be aware of the snakes in the wetlands!

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Cherry Lake

Located in Altona, this is a path around a lake adding to around 3.5km in length. Beautiful on sunset and now they even have gym stops to get that extra work out in!

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Elwood/St Kilda beach walk

Stretching out a long distance, this is another great water view track for running, riding and walking! You could end up in South Melbourne or Brighton if you walk far enough. Enjoy those city views and that great atmosphere, a great summer path and on sunset, woweee.

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Albert Park 

An iconic park in Melbourne, also in Best things in life are free: Cheap ways to explore Melbourne. Walk around the lake is around 5km so it is a decent distance for a workout! Enjoy those boats and the gorgeous view of the city too! For the end of 2018, they are also hosting the End of Year Run Party with Sole Motive.

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Botanical Gardens/the Tan

Just beautiful, the Tan circles around the amazing Botanical Gardens and you can cut in to experience the beautiful flowers, greenery and plants. I took on some of this for Run Melbourne and loved every minute! Adds a bit of challenge with the hills, but is a great mixture of garden and city – perfect.

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I love these tracks, they give a great mix of challenge, city views and complete serenity. That’s why I love this city. Please share with me your favourite tracks in Melbourne by commenting below!!

 

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