Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Cheviot Tunnel, Yea

Just out of Yea, we stopped at the Cheviot Tunnel, to stretch our legs and check out the historic site.
Cheviot Tunnel Yea Rail TrailThe 200m long former railway tunnel was built in the late 1800's, using handmade bricks from local clay. The railway line was closed in 1978 and the tunnel opened to the public in 2007.
Cheviot Tunnel Yea Rail Trail
The outside temperature was in the high 30's, but inside the tunnel was lovely and cool.
The tunnel is now part of the Great Victorian Rail Trail, beginning at Tallarook, near Seymour and stretching all the way to Mansfield, with another section heading to Alexandra. I'm pretty sure Cheviot is the only tunnel on the trail.
Cheviot Tunnel Yea Rail TrailWe visited on a bright,sunny day and we could really only see just inside the entrance and exit. The rest of the interior was very dark and you could really only see the light at the other end. It is recommended to carry a torch with you on a gloomy day
We walked through to the other side, where the Rail Trail heads towards the next town of Molesworth.
Cheviot Tunnel Yea Rail Trail
Many cyclists passed by during our visit and we'll definitely return with our own bikes next time.
Cheviot Tunnel Yea Rail Trail
Cheviot Tunnel Yea Rail Trail

What: Cheviot Tunnel
Where: via Yea
Why: history, cycling
How Much: FREE

Nearby: Yea Wetlands Walk 

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