Rides

For the path pedaller 18 years and older interested in fun, friends, and coffee, we usually do two social rides per month, suitable for most abilities. Most 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 “Ride Leader and Ride Tail Rider”. Please stay with your ride leader. Should you have any issue while on a ride, such as with your bike or you are falling behind, your ride tail rider will contact our ride leader.

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 ride leader 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.

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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.

Easy-Medium. Approx. 40km.

Contact – John D. [0408 663 376]

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

Easy. Approx. 20km.

Contact – Lori [ 0448 552 353]

Meet at Flinders Street Railway station (information kiosk) at 10:20 am. 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 am, set off to Moonee Ponds via the Maribyrnong Trail where we have brunch at Puckle Street, and then return back to Altona the same way.  You may take a train back home from Footscray or Seddon stations.

Easy. Approx. 50km.

Contact – John S. [0435 768 777]

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

Easy. Approx. 45km.

Contact – Lori [ 0448 552 353]

Meet at Altona Pier at 10 a.m. and ride the Bay Trail to brunch at Seddon, via Charles Street.

Easy. Approx. 30 km.

Contact – John S. [0435 768 777]

Meet at the Punt at 10 a.m., then over to Port Melbourne, and the Bay Trail east to North Point Café at Brighton for lunch. Return to Flinders Street and train home.

Easy. Approx. 30km.

Contact – Anthony [0400 138 749]

Meet at Newport Station platform 1 at 9.45 a.m. and train to Heidelberg (approx. 1 hour), ride Main Yarra Trail to Finns Reserve, cross the Yarra to the Ruffey Creek Trail, following it through Templestowe and Doncaster to the Koonung Creek Trail. Return along the Koonung Creek Trail to Heidelberg, and train home. Coffee at Melissas in Templestowe (the original?), lunch in North Balwyn. Some hills, and a short road section.

Medium. Approx. 35km.

Contact – Peter [0419 257 922]

Meet at Flinders Street Station (information kiosk) at 10 a.m. and ride along the Main Yarra Trail. Early lunch at the Convent Bakery, Lentil as Anything, or the Farm Café.  Continue on to Dights Falls, and return via Merri Creek Trail, Capital City Trail, and Bay Trail to Newport. One set of stairs to push bikes down. Alternative is to train home from Victoria Park or Rushall station.

Medium. Approx. 35km.

Contact – John S. [0435 768 777]

Meet at Newport Station platform 1 at 9.45 a.m. and train to Darebin station (approx. 55min), roll down Heidelberg Road a few hundred metres to start the Darebin Creek Trail. Follow the trail north along the picturesque creek approximately 15km to the Ring Road Trail, head west a few kilometres to pick up the Merri Creek Trail. Follow this even more delightful trail south past Coburg Lake to Ceres for lunch (approx. 30km from start). Continue on Merri Creek Trail a few kilometres to Rushall station to return home, or for those wishing to continue, pick up the Capital City Trail, then onto the Bay Trail and home, a further 15km to Newport. Bail out points from the Merri Trail to Batman or other stations on the Upfield line.

Medium. Approx. 50km.

Contact – Peter [0419 257 922]

We will meet at a location to be decided @ 9.00pm and ride through the streets of Altona and/or Altona Meadows visiting the Christmas lit homes. Be sure to have Christmas lights on your bike! Also, please make sure your front and back lights are working as well.

Contact – John D [0408663376].

Another BUG year is coming to an end so it is once again time to pack your gourmet sandwich and your picnic rug for our annual “Picnic in the Park” ride. We will ride from the Altona Pier starting at 10.00am to Williamstown for a picnic in the park. We will follow the Bay Trail through Altona, arriving at the Information Centre, Commonwealth Reserve, Williamstown at approximately 11.15am where we will spread out our picnic rugs and dine.

Anyone wishing to meet us at Williamstown for lunch is also most welcome. If you intend to meet us anywhere other than the start, please let me know so I can keep an eye out so we don’t miss you. [Approx. 25kms].

Contact – Mary C [0412 848 067].

Ride cancelled.

Meet at the Information Centre Nelson Place Williamstown @ 10.00am to follow the trail along the river to the Footscray Road and Capitol City trails. From here it’s a short trip into the Carlton/North Melbourne area for lunch. Return back to Williamstown after lunch.

Contact – Peter. [0419 257 922].

Meet at Newport railway station @ 9.30am (on the east side). We will the ride along the trail to Footscray and on to the Maribyrnong trail. We will stop for a coffee at Anglers Tavern, and then ride up the switchback, past Canning Reserve and on to Brimbank Park and the Brownstone Cafe for lunch. Our return will be via the M80 and the Federation trail. There is some hills and gravel sections along this trail with approximately a 50km round trip.

Contact – Peter [0419 257 922]. 

Meet at the Altona Pier @ 9.30am from where we ride the Bay Trail to Spotswood to catch the Westgate Punt over to Port Melbourne for lunch. We then ride back through Westgate Park to the punt and home. This ride will be approximately 40 Km’s.

Contact – John D [0408 663 376].

Ride cancelled today due to inclement weather.

Meet at the Altona Pier @ 10:00am for a new ride to Kensington. This ride follows the bay around towards the Maribyrnong River, and then follows the river crossing over at Newells Paddock just before the Princes Highway. We soon leave the shared trail and follow quiet roads to Kensington Station. We will have a number of coffee shops to consider here. The return to Altona will be approximately 48Kms with the option to return by train to Newport or Williamstown.

Contact – Lori. [0448 552 353].

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