LINTON AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY WEBSITE

Linton Community Website, supporting Our Community and Visitors

Linton Bike Hire and ‘Wares, Plants ‘n’ Things’

Specializing in Bike Hire for the Skipton Ballarat Rail Trail.

Hire includes bike, helmet, drink bottle and bike lock.

Opening Hours

10am to 4pm

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Also open long weekends and by appointment

Find us at

88 Sussex Street

Linton Victoria

Phone 0448 428 190

www.facebook.com/LintonBikeHire

 

 

 

Ballarat Skipton Rail Trail

Linton section of the Rail Trail is the most popular locations for people to experience a bike ride, bush walking or horse riding 

Map of Rail Trail from Ballarat to Skipton - Click on Link Below

About the Rail Trail

The Ballarat to Skipton Rail Trail is some 53 Kilometres in length.  The trail is beautifully presented with many picturesque outlooks to experience. The surface of the rail trail is exceptional after a significant upgrade to the surface, shelters and signage.

If you are really keen you can challenge the 53 kilometres but you might like to stop in each town to catch your breath.  

For an easy ride you might like to start at Scarsdale and end at Linton passing across Nimmons Bridge and Clarkesdale Bird Sancturary.  Most of this section is downhill. 

Or if you would like to try something a little more difficult, start at Pittong and end at Linton most of this section has a 10% gradual rise nearly all the way to Jacks Road near Linton. The last section of the trail is downhill with some wonderful Australian bush to see. 

Both of these rides will take you about an hour or two or three.  Don’t forget to take a picnic, camera and mobile phone.

History of the Rail Trail

The railway came to Linton in October 1890 when the line from Ballarat was extended, and as a result, Linton prospered from being the terminal railhead for the surrounding district. It was the largest town in the then Grenville Shire, with a population of 630, and was important as a distributing centre for gold fields to the south and farming land to the south and west.

However, after the line’s further extension to Skipton in 1916, Linton lost some of its importance, and this contributed to a steady decline in population. And from the 1930s, the arrival of the motorcar further reduced the importance of the railway to the town. 

In the 1950s, a railmotor was introduced to the Linton line to provide passenger services. It was predominantly used by schoolchildren travelling to and from Ballarat daily. However, this gradually ceased to be economical when a new road coach service between Hamilton and Melbourne began in 1975, which called at Linton and Skipton for passengers. Subsequently an alternative road coach service was introduced for the Linton line schoolchildren.

Passenger railway services between Ballarat and Linton ceased on 17 December 1976, and in 1978 the resident stationmaster was withdrawn and Linton closed as a staff and ticket station. The line finally closed completely in 1985, and the lines were taken up.

The revival of the old railway line as a Rail Trail provides the opportunity for a beautiful and informative 55 kilometres tour through farmland, forests and old historic gold towns.

Information on the History Provided by the Trail Management Committee

The committee formed to work towards preserving and enhancing the historical and natural features of the trail.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Aug 23 at 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday, Aug 25 at 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Wednesday, Aug 30 at 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday, Sep 1 at 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Recent Videos

7743 views - 0 comments
5059 views - 0 comments
7461 views - 0 comments