Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail

Linking central Victoria via the old railway line

Ride the Ballarat – Skipton Rail Trail Saturday 7th May, 2011

Join the Friends of Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail on Saturday 7th May 2011, as we ride the Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail.

Nimmons Bridge on the Ballarat Skipton Rail Trail

The rail trail is 53 km long and has a fine gravel surface, suitable for MTB and hybrid bikes. It traverses rolling hills, scrub-land forests and grassy plains. It crosses the historic Nimmons trestle bridge at Newtown and passes many historical gold mining sites and conservation areas. For more details about the trail, see Ballarat-Skipton Rail Trail web site.

The Friends will provide organisation, ride leader, back up ‘SAG’ wagon, first aid, email confirmation of booking etc. Gold coin donations  would be appreciated on the day of the ride. Download the flyer or find all the nitty gritty details below.

Register to join us on the ride using our Google Docs form.

When: Saturday 7th May, 2011
What: The trail ride will start in Gregory St, opposite the North Gardens (near cnr Gillies St), Wendouree 10:00am, finishes Lismore St Skipton, approx 4:00-4:30pm. Ride stops for lunch and trail attractions.
Bring: Your own hybrid bike or MTB, water, snacks, medications, sunscreen, mobile phone, spares (e.g. at least one tube, etc).
Transport: (a) Own transport to/ from the rail trail’s start/finish.(b) bus + bike transport available (leaving Bendigo) limited places.

Bus transport details:
Bus option cost is $30 each, leave/return Kennington Reservoir car park, Reservoir Rd, Bendigo.
Bike loading starts at 7:10 am, bus leaves 7:30 am sharp.
Full payment is required upon your booking. (Refunded if the arranged bus is oversubscribed)

If you’re taking the bus, please make payment to Friends of Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail by Friday 22 April by either:

  • Electronic funds transfer to our account
    BSB: 633 000 Account number: 139960181 –
    with reference as ‘BSRT-your surname’, OR
  • By post to PO Box 578, Bendigo Vic 3552
Lunch: At Scarsdale or Linton Hotel (a booking will be made) or BYO lunch.
Fitness: A good level of fitness is required to complete this ride, suitable only for people who regularly ride. Trail surface is compacted fine gravel.
Booking: Online at by Friday 22 April 2011.
Other: The Friends will provide organization, ride leader, back up ‘SAG’ wagon, first aid, email confirmation of booking etc. Gold coin donations welcomed on the day.

2 responses to “Ride the Ballarat – Skipton Rail Trail Saturday 7th May, 2011

  1. Ethel Walker Mar 6, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Now that the bridge is finished we expected a grader to come and repair the damage
    the crane had done at the top of Kalinda DRive. They sent a bob cat which has barley sraped the track. It still has ruts which are difficult to navigate and fill with water after rain. Can you refer this to whoever is in charge please.

  2. Keith Angell-Johnson Apr 30, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I will be going on the ride next weekend from Ballarat to skipton. Just hope they done some serious maintenance on it because it was in a bad state before the rains. The skipton end was virtually unrideable. I have paid the $30 and my membership through Louise Walsh. I just haven’t submitted a membership form yet. I will do that on Sat. See you then. keith

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