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Monday, December 10, 2007

Merricks-Red Trail - Eastern Sector, Mornington Peninsula

The Merricks-Red Hill Trail links the towns of Merricks and Red Hill, in the Mornington Peninsula, 90 km south of Melbourne.

It's a 5 km walk/equestrian trail, following the alignment of the dismantled Merricks to Red Hill railway.

The railway operated from 1921 to 1953, and ran from Bittern to Red Hill, with stations at Balnarring and Merricks.

The western sector between Merricks and Red Hill was converted into a shared trail in 1954 by Hastings Council -the remainder was integrated into private property.

Nothing remains of the railway infrastructure - long gone.

The Trail passes through large pines, which appeared to have been planted in the 1920s.

I did the eastern section of the Trail on December 9, 2007, starting and finishing at Merricks, on a humid and overcast day.

There is little maintenance done on the Trail, which is rough and stony in parts.

It passes through green vineyards, with views towards Westernport Bay.

The photo set is at Merricks-Red Hill Trail

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