Rides

For the path pedaller 18 years and older interested in fun, friends, and coffee, we usually arrange two to four social rides per month, suitable for a range of abilities. Many of these rides follow or cross Melbourne’s rail system. If riders are new to riding and are finding it difficult, they can catch a train home; you can build your cycling ability over time.

Every so often we get a little more adventurous and explore Victoria on a weekend ride, such as a Lilydale to Warburton overnight trip.

All rides are free and open to anyone who would like to participate. After two rides, we ask you to become a member of BayWest BUG.

All rides have a “Lead Rider and Tail Rider”. Please stay with your lead rider. Should you have any issue while on a ride, such as with your bike or you are falling behind, your tail rider will contact our lead rider.

All riders must abide by our Code of Conduct.

We ask that all riders program their mobile phone with an “ICE” [In Case of Emergency] contact number[s] so that we can contact someone for you in an emergency.

If the weather is inclement, please contact the lead rider to check if the ride is on. Please also note that rides may be altered due to circumstances beyond our control. Please check our website, it will be updated as soon as possible to advise any change.

In all cases, please contact the day’s nominated lead rider to confirm that you wish to join the ride. If numbers are insufficient by 6 p.m. the evening prior to a ride, it may be cancelled.

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Meet at Flinders Street station information kiosk at 10 a.m. and take the Sandridge Trail to Port Melbourne and then the Bay Trail to North Point Café at Brighton for lunch. Return to Flinders Street and train home.

Easy. Approx. 30km.

Contact: Lori [0448 552 353‬]

Meet at Newport Station, on the east side, at 10.00 a.m., take the Bay Trail past Footscray to the Capital City Trail, and then take the Upfield Path turn-off. Head north to Gafney Street, and then to Coburg Lake for a picnic. Coffee and snacks also available at 8th Nerve on Gafney Street. From Coburg Lake head back on the Merri Creek Trail. Continue to Newport, or train from Rushall or Royal Park.

Medium. Approx. 45km.

Contact : Peter [0419 257 922]

Meet at Altona Pier at 10 a.m. and ride the Bay Trail and Maribyrnong Trail, crossing over at Newells Paddock to Kensington. Lunch at the White Rabbit. Return by the same route.

Easy. Approx. 45km.

Contact: Lori [0448 552 353]

This rail trail runs from Wangaratta to Bright, with a spur to Beechworth. Join us for from our base at Myrtleford for rides and activities over the weekend.

Contact: Denice [0429 167 013]

Meet at 10 a.m. at Newport Station, on the east side. Head north on the Bay Trail and then follow the Maribyrnong Trail past the switchback and turn off, heading north along Steele Creek, past the vineyards to Venice in Melbourne, Valley Lake. Return by the same route stopping along the way for lunch.

Medium. Approximately 35km, traverse switchback twice.

Contact – John S. [0435 768 777]

Meet at 10 a.m. at Newport Station, on the east side. Take the Bay Trail and then the Capital City Trail to join the Merri Creek Trail near Rushall Station heading to Dights Falls, and then the Yarra Trail to Abbotsford Convent for lunch. Return by the same route, or train from Victoria Park, Rushall, or Royal Park. 

Medium. Approx. 40km.

Contact: Lori [0448 552 353‬]

Meet at Altona Pier at 10 a.m. and ride along the bike path to Williamstown and head north along the Maribyrnong River in Footscray where we stop for brunch/lunch at the Happy River Café.  We head back home on the same route.

Easy. Approx. 35. km

Contact: Denice [0429 167 013]

Meet at Parliament Station platform 1 at 10.15 a.m. and take the 10.23 to Heidelberg. From Heidelberg, we ride down Yarra Street to the Main Yarra Trail, and cycle along the Yarra Trail, through the City of Banyule, following the river past wetlands and a picturesque view of Finns Reserve, to Westerfolds Park. Follow the trail near the river through Westerfolds, crossing a newish bridge over the Yarra and head to Eltham.

There are two or three lunch spots in Eltham, or just north, to choose from, or alternatively for a longer ride, we can continue on the track to Diamond Creek, lunching there or returning to Eltham for lunch. Return home by train from Eltham, or cycle back to Heidelberg.

Distance from Heidelberg to Eltham is 15km (30km return). Extension to Diamond Creek is a further 12km return. The trail includes some modest hills. Some of the trail is not sealed; suitable tyres are a requirement.

Medium. Approx. 42km.

Contact Peter [‭0419 257 922‬]

Meet at Altona Pier at 10 a.m., set off to Aberfeldie on the Maribyrnong Trail and brunch at Poyntons Nursery. Return by the same route, train options at Footscray or Seddon.

Easy. Approx. 46km.

Contact: Denice [0429 167 013]

Meet at Newport station on the east side at 10 a.m. Follow the Bay Trail to the Capital City Trail and onto the Merri Creek trail near Rushall, then to Ceres for lunch. Return by the same route.

Medium. Approx. 40km.

Contact – John D. [0408 663 376]

Meet at Flinders Street Railway station (information kiosk) at 10:00 a.m. We follow the south side of the Yarra Trail and then along the Gardiners Creek Trail to Ashburton. Lunch at Milk Cloud or Glen Iris Pantry.  Return to Flinders Street station via Ferndale Trail, Gardiners Creek trail and the Yarra Trail north side pontoon track.

Easy. Approx. 30km.

Contact – John S. [0435 768 777]

Meet at Altona Pier at 10 a.m. and follow the Bay Trail West through the Cheetham Wetlands to the bridge over Skeleton Creek and then to Sanctuary Lakes. Lunch at Waterstone Café. Return by the same route.

Easy approx. 20km. Some roads to Waterstone Café.

Contact – Lori [0448 552 353]

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