A walk from the Eltham Environs Walking Group.
From the Eltham Environs Walking Group, walk 24E
Commences at Finns Reserve car park at the end of Duncan St. This walk follows, as closely as possible, the course of Ruffey Creek, from where it flows into the Yarra River at Lower Templestowe back to Ruffey Lake Park in Doncaster.
From the car park, walk past the playground towards the footbridge across the Yarra, but at the footbridge turn right along the path and then left down steps to a bridge crossing Ruffey Creek.
Follow the sign to Ruffey Lake Park along the sealed path, keeping the creek on the right. At Parker St, cross the road at the bridge, and walk up Parker St to the right of the swimming centre.
Take the first street on the right (McLachlan St) to Foote St. Cross Foote St to join Ruffey Creek Linear Park following the path along the creek until it ends at a bridge at Eumeralla St. Go up Eumeralla St until it ends at Montpelier Reserve. Immediately leave the made path and turn left downhill on the footpad to rejoin the bitumen track, with the creek now on the left.
Continue on, passing under Williamson’s Rd. When the path divides at the bridge at King St, take the left fork to go under the bridge and then up the other side of King St. Take the gravel path on the left which leads into the park.
Continue on sealed paths to the picnic area/playground. The return route begins by walking uphill and turning left to join Ruffey Creek Circuit. Walk towards the lake, keeping close to the watercourse.
Turn left across the bridge at the start of the lake, and then turn rght onto the path that skirts the lake. At the fork, go left towards King St to rejoin the Linear Park. Return to the cars by the same route.
Alternative: For a longer walk, keep lake on the left, and continue to the next bridge and turn left and follow the path to King St.