Length: 7.3 km
Terrain: Mainly flat but with steep hill ascent
Direction of travel: Clockwise
Telstra: Elevated areas OK. Gullies poor/none
Beginning on the outskirts of the hamlet of Lyonville, some 15 minutes from Daylesford, this walk has earth, air and water. From the parking spot you soon cross a little rickety wooden bridge over the Loddon river and ascend through a mixture of tall and regrowth forest to an all weather weather road. After a short distance on this road, the ascent of Babbington Hill commences. The track is reasonably steep and sustained for about 600 m.
A good thigh tester.
The changing scenery on the way encourages you to stop and observe. The top of the hill is rather like a high plateau, with tall, elegant Manna gums and a carpet of native grasses. There are good views to Mt Macedon and to the north, Mt Franklin. The GPS contains recommended viewing spots atop conveniently located stumps. Its 840m above sea level and the air is that little crisper and views are expansive. The winding descent eventually recrosses the Loddon river and leads to the wonderful Lyonville Spring. Arguably the best tasting mineral water in the district, the Spring has picnic facilities and toilets.
The return to the parking spot is pretty much a straight run along an old timber tramway alongside the Lodden River. It's dense with ferns, big eucalypts and enigmatic Blackwood trees. Walking along this valley, there is a sense of 'earthiness' and being immersed in a very old yet fertile landscape.
This walk connects to the Fernliegh Walks and also the Lyonville Springs- Coliban Spring walk, rather like the middle link of a three piece chain.
The other highlight of the walk is the nearby and very cool, Radio Springs Hotel at Lyonville Beautifully restored, it's the ideal place to eat and drink before or after your walk. Talk to Ken about accommodation and Secret Forest Walk packages.
This walk links to the Lyonville Spring - Coliban Spring walk