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A 46km route for cycling or horseriding from [[Ballarat]] to [[Skipton]].  A shuttle bus occasionally operates the return route, sponsored by Bicycle Victoria. [http://www.bv.com.au/bikes-&-riding/42467].  Bicycle hire is available in [[Ballarat#Get Around|Ballarat]].
 
A 46km route for cycling or horseriding from [[Ballarat]] to [[Skipton]].  A shuttle bus occasionally operates the return route, sponsored by Bicycle Victoria. [http://www.bv.com.au/bikes-&-riding/42467].  Bicycle hire is available in [[Ballarat#Get Around|Ballarat]].
  
The trail starts in the outskirts of Ballarat where Ring Rd crosses the railway, close to the Ballarat Botanic Gardens and the western side of Lake Wendouree.  
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From Ballarat follow Gregory St to the north of Lake Wendouree onto Ring Rd.  Gregory St is quiet, and there is a cycle path following the last sections of Gregory St and Ring Rd to the start of the trail.  
  
* Lake Wedouree to Haddon (10.3km).  Agricultural country.  There are toilets and water in Haddon - just exit onto the main street and they are in the reserve on the main street. There are no other supplies available.
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The railtrail itself starts in the outskirts of Ballarat immediately south of the Ring Rd railway crossing.   The surface is packed gravel, a road bike is probably unsuitable, but an urban or hybrid bike will be fine.
  
* Haddon to [[Smythesdale]] (7.3km).  General store, pub, toilets and water in Smythesdale.
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* Lake Wendouree to Haddon (10.3km).  Agricultural country.  Golden plains stretching into the distance.  This part of the trip is largely flat.  There are toilets and water in Haddon right on the railtrail, next to the recreation ground.  There are no other supplies available.
  
* [[Smythesdale]] to Scarsdale (3.7km).  General store, pub, toilets and water in Scarsdale.
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* Haddon to [[Smythesdale]] (7.3km).  General store, pub, toilets and water in Smythesdale. The Courthouse hotel serves lunch and dinner 7-days, and
  
* Scarsdale to [[Linton]] (12.9).  Linton has a general store, milk bar, and petrol station for drinks and suppliesLinton is actually a little bigger than the destination town of Skipton.
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* [[Smythesdale]] to Scarsdale (3.7km).  General store, pub, toilets and water in ScarsdaleThe pub serves dinner 7-days, and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
  
* [[Linton]] to Pittong (9.8km).  There is no town at PittongIt is just a marker.
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* Scarsdale to [[Linton]] (12.9).  This is the prettiest part of the trip, but also the hardest work.  Just out of Scarsdale you will cross the Nimmons Rail Bridge, a spectacular wooden trestle bridge, which has been restore so you can cycle over it, or use the track under itAfter the bridge the track ascends through bushland, to an abandoned road bridge in the cutting, then you are rewarded with a cruise down through bushland and beside lakes and dams to Linton.  Linton has a general store, milk bar, and petrol station for drinks and supplies right on the trail.  If you ascend the hill into the town centre, you will find the pub, and not much else.  Most of the rest of the town has all closed up.
  
* Pittong to [[Skipton (Victoria)|Skipton]] (10.6km).  At the end of the trail Skipton has a general store, a pub, toilets and water.
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* [[Linton]] to Pittong (9.8km).  There is no town at Pittong, but the neigbouring minerals factory has built a small lodge, which provides water, a shower, and toilets.  This part of the ride is mostly downhill.
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* Pittong to [[Skipton (Victoria)|Skipton]] (10.6km).  The trail follows closer to the road, and the landscape tends back towards the agricultural.  At the end of the trail Skipton has a general store, a pub, toilets and water.
  
 
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Ballarat to Skipton railtrail

A 46km route for cycling or horseriding from Ballarat to Skipton. A shuttle bus occasionally operates the return route, sponsored by Bicycle Victoria. [1]. Bicycle hire is available in Ballarat.

From Ballarat follow Gregory St to the north of Lake Wendouree onto Ring Rd. Gregory St is quiet, and there is a cycle path following the last sections of Gregory St and Ring Rd to the start of the trail.

The railtrail itself starts in the outskirts of Ballarat immediately south of the Ring Rd railway crossing. The surface is packed gravel, a road bike is probably unsuitable, but an urban or hybrid bike will be fine.

  • Lake Wendouree to Haddon (10.3km). Agricultural country. Golden plains stretching into the distance. This part of the trip is largely flat. There are toilets and water in Haddon right on the railtrail, next to the recreation ground. There are no other supplies available.
  • Haddon to Smythesdale (7.3km). General store, pub, toilets and water in Smythesdale. The Courthouse hotel serves lunch and dinner 7-days, and
  • Smythesdale to Scarsdale (3.7km). General store, pub, toilets and water in Scarsdale. The pub serves dinner 7-days, and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Scarsdale to Linton (12.9). This is the prettiest part of the trip, but also the hardest work. Just out of Scarsdale you will cross the Nimmons Rail Bridge, a spectacular wooden trestle bridge, which has been restore so you can cycle over it, or use the track under it. After the bridge the track ascends through bushland, to an abandoned road bridge in the cutting, then you are rewarded with a cruise down through bushland and beside lakes and dams to Linton. Linton has a general store, milk bar, and petrol station for drinks and supplies right on the trail. If you ascend the hill into the town centre, you will find the pub, and not much else. Most of the rest of the town has all closed up.
  • Linton to Pittong (9.8km). There is no town at Pittong, but the neigbouring minerals factory has built a small lodge, which provides water, a shower, and toilets. This part of the ride is mostly downhill.
  • Pittong to Skipton (10.6km). The trail follows closer to the road, and the landscape tends back towards the agricultural. At the end of the trail Skipton has a general store, a pub, toilets and water.

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