May 23 2018

St Clair Beach Walks

Published by under Beach,Year round

14. 23/5/2014. Hikers. St Clair street walk. E-M. Leaders: Jay and Jan.

A small group of around 14 hikers left the carpark in the rain bound for St Clair. It was raining hard on the motorway and it looked like it was going to be a trip into St Clair for a coffee only. However, the rain stopped when we arrived at St Clair beach where we parked our cars!

We then walked around a couple of streets to admire some lovely old homes along the way. We walked back onto Forbury Road for a couple of blocks before ascending the steps beside Frances Hodgkins Village where we stopped for morning tea on a small reserve – some sitting on the steps (in the sunshine I might add) and Bev was able to point out her new abode.

We continued up the steps after the morning tea break onto Easter Crescent and upwards to Middleton Road, turning left past the golf course and onto the reserve at the end of the new subdivision to view the cliffs

Noi pic.

on one side of the ocean and could only catch a glimpse of Cargills Castle

Jan pic.

to our left as a new house was being erected. We did a small circuit around the subdivision and then on down the hill back to St Clair beach where we ate our lunch on the steps and bench seats watching the waves crashing in. As it was a cold day we decided to finish our walk and headed back out to Mosgiel for a coffee etc at Blend to warm ourselves up. Our walk being 9ks approx.

Jan, Jay & Jenny

13. 30/4/2014. Hikers. St Clair – St Kilda. Easy. Leaders: Liz and Dawn.
GPS of route

GPS of route

This reporter was new to this particular hike and was most impressed with the clever planning of a satisfying route. 35 of us set out from our cars parked in Albert St, St Clair. We walked up it to turn right into Beach St, left into Sandringham St and right into Norfolk St to reach the foot of Jacobs Ladder. How many steps? 250? Well, MANY! And relentlessly steep as well (a red spot on the map, at abt 500 mtrs indicates our slower progress. We all eventually made it up to Ravenswood Rd where we had to negotiate a multi-holed footpath being prepared for broadband fibreglass cable. The views of suburb, beach and sea were rewarding. We carried on down, (1 km mark) crossed to briefly climb Cliffs Rd alongside its steep roadside banks and interesting variety of houses to finally emerge at its end by the beachfront and to turn (2 km) via Second Beach Rd (where did that name come from??) to morning-tea at its track’s end, in lovely sunshine.
Cuppa

Morning tea at Second Beach (John pic)

Back to St Clair (3 km) beach, or rather the sandhills track above it, before descending to walk along St Kilda beach (4, 5 & 6 kms) to its terminus at Lawyers Head, where we lunched.
Lunch

Lunch at end of St Kilda Beach.

After lunch, we struggled up a soft sandhill track nearby to reach the road above.
View from Lunch

Panorama of view from John Wilson Drive immediately above lunch stop (John – from 4 [slightly obvious!] pics)

We returned along the drive. (7 & 8 [hidden behind ‘5] kms) …
Race Course

Panorama of Forbury Race Course from John Wilson Drive. (John pic)

… to re-group at the St Kilda children’s playground. From there we climbed up to Kettle Park Road to descend again to cross Kettle Park behind the impressively large rear of the indoor Ice Rink. We turned down Moana Rua Rd, crossed Victoria Road to go down Moreau St (was it?) (9 km) to turn left into Richardson St (was it?) (10 km) and make our way back to cross Forbury Road and reach Albert St again. 10.5 km all told. Not too bad.
Then, under Elaine’s bad growing influence, a large number of us resorted to the Salt Cafe for the customary leisurely and companionable coffee or what have you before returning to the cars. Thanks, Liz and Dawn. You done good. – Ian.
12. 9/5/2012. Hikers. St Clair beach walk. Easy. Leaders: Betty and Jim.
11. 27/7/2011. Hikers. St Clair. John Wilson Drive  Lawyers Head and Beach Walk. Easy. Leaders: Lance and Lois.
10. 24/3/2010. Hikers. St Clair. Beach Walk. Lawyers Head. Easy. Leaders: Elaine and Jean.
9. 29/7/2009. Hikers. St Clair. Beach Walk. Lawyers Head. Easy. Leaders: Les and Margaret
8. 28/1/2009. St Clair Beach Walk. Leaders: Lance and Lois
7. 11/10/2006. St Clair – Lawyers Head beach walk. Easy. Leaders: Jim and Thelma
6. 31/8/2005. Hikers. St Clair: beach walk to Tomahawk/Lawyers Head Leaders: Chris, Jean.
5. 23/8/2000. St Clair – Tomahawk – Smaills Beach. Leaders:  Betty B, Eleanor B, Evelyn M
4. 5/4/2000 St Clair – Kew. Street walk Leaders: Colleen, Bev H
3. 12/5/1999. St Clair: beach walk to Tomahawk/Lawyers Head Leaders: Daphne, Margaret, Betty
2. 12/3/1997. St. Clair to Tomahawk Beach. Leaders: Denise, Margaret D, Jean.
1. 15/11/1995. Beach Walk – St Clair to Tomahawk. Leaders: Peg A, Peggy M.

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