GreenWEDGE Cycling History 2

PLEASANT SATURDAYS FOR CYCLISTS  

Historic Beach Road Ride

TO SANDRINGHAM AND BEAUMARIS – The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), Saturday 3 October 1896, page 9

For a bright, sunny afternoon, when time is short, a better ride than that along the beach road to Beaumaris through Brighton and Sandringham could scarcely be chosen. The roads are generally good (though patches are indifferent and some times bad), and the character of the going is so easy that a novice might accomplish the journey without fatigue.

As the map indicates, the route follows the tram blocks to the St. Kilda Esplanade, and thence it strikes the main road, which touches the first Red Bluff below St. Kilda. From that point the course is clear and the ride is full of interest. At North Brighton the ti-tree fringe is met, and it is  continued to Beaumaris. At Brighton Beach cyclists should turn off the road into the bench reserve to observe the site of the marine parade proposed to be laid down by the Moorabbin Council. The parade will extend from Brighton Beach station to Sandringham- house along the edge of the beach cliffs, and thence to Beuumans between the horse-tram   track and the ti-tree fringe. At Hampton, Sandringham, and Beaumaris delightful picnicking spots abound in plenty. The heathery scrub is full of wild flowers, and the beach has beauties which will delight

Pleasant Saturdays For CyclistsA WATTLE-BLOSSOM RUN – (The Argus, Saturday September 5, 1896. Page 7)

MELBOURNE TO WARRANDYTE

The ride from Melbourne to Warrandyte and back is a delightful one at this time of the year, when the roads are at their best and the wattle is in full bloom. The road is undulating and varied, and yet may be easily ridden, except at one point, by any rider of ordinary capacity. The route is easy to follow. Tram blocks are available as far as the Victoria-street bridge at Abbotsford, and thence on through Kew the roads are in splendid condition. Doncaster is reached by good roads after a 10-mile ride, and those whose time is limited may find in the expansive view to be obtained from the top of Tower Hill (Doncaster) and the delightful rambles possible through the green lanes round about sufficient to repay them their trouble, and to send them home again quite satisfied with their excursion. In season wild flowers of many kinds, and especially fine buttercups, may be gathered in the valley beneath the Tower Hotel.

Passing through Doncaster, the rider takes the second turn to the left through East Doncaster, and then the first to the right, and after riding seven miles over fair roads will reach Warrandyte. Here the winding Yarra, and the hills and the valleys all yellowing into gold with the bloom of the wattle, give a feast of vision, while the local hotel will furnish the meal which a sharpened appetite renders necessary.

A mile and a half outside Warrandyte is a hill, aptly named “Prepare to meet thy doom.” It is steep and bending, and has a dangerous bank or two which give a break-neck impetus. None but the foolhardy will attempt it. For the sake of variety, the return journey may be made along the course of the Yarra via Templestowe, taking the turn as marked to the left on the south side of the river. From Templestowe the road runs near Heidelberg, but leaving it a little to the north-west joins Doncaster road again, and so leads through Kew to the city.

4 thoughts on “GreenWEDGE Cycling History 2

  1. “SANDRINGHAM AND BEAUMARIS” VS “A WATTLE-BLOSSOM RUN”

    Two classic Melbourne rides have been wooing cyclists for a long time. The Beach Road can’t offer a segment like “Prepare to meet thy doom” though!

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