Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail
Beechworth is a paradise for cyclists and offers a host of tracks to suit all ages and levels of fitness. One of the most popular cycling tracks is the 15 km Everton to Beechworth leg of the famous Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail. The rides is a challenging 90 minutre climb to Beechworth or an exhiliarting downhill run, but definately worth the effort either way.
From Everton Station riders should set off in an easterly direction towards Boundary Road. You will come to a fork in the road. The path to the left will take you to Beechworth while the path to the right will take you to the Everton township and then on to Myrtleford and Bright. Once you cross Boundary Road you will then ride for approximately 2.5kms before you reach Diffey Road. Diffey Road to the south heads back to the Everton townhhip while off to the East heads towards Beechworth. Diffey Road crosses over the Rail Trail in three different locations as it makes its way to Beechworth.
From this point the trail continues travelling in an uphill direction. This section of the ride gives cyclists a wonderful opportunity to take in the mix of native bushland, farms and wineries. The steep embankments and cuttings are a constant reminder of the hard work and engineering know-how that went into establishing the original railway line through this rugged country all those years ago.
Five kilometres shy of Beechworth you'll reach the site of the former Baarmutha Station. From here the trail plateaus for a while, giving cyclists a welcome opportunity to rest their tired legs after the steep uphill climb. You will then cross over Stilley's Road, Fighting Gully Road and Bartish's Road in quick succession. Then it is an uphill ride to Pennyweight Winery where you will enjoy a well-dressed view of Beechworth.
At this point the hard work comes to an end as you can literally roll into town without any effort. When you reach Beechworth Station you will be very close to the scenic Lake Sambell and only a few streets away from the centre of town.
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