Working alone in my little studio making sandals most days means I relish the opportunity of getting out and about around Claremont on my bike.
Most days I try to cycle and get my happy endorphins going. It’s so easy in Perth, as there’s beautiful bike paths almost everywhere I want to go.
Using Claremont train station as my starting point these are the rides I like to do. Generally, they all lead to, or pass by areas with great cafes, so you can also incorporate a coffee pit stop or lunch along the way.
1. Claremont to Napoleon Street, Cottesloe. This is a lovely little ride along the train line on a designated bike path all the way and it takes about 15 minutes to get to Van’s, one of my favourite breakfast places on Napoleon Street.Even shorter than Napoleon Street, would be to stop off at the Swanbourne shops. There’s good coffee there and a wonderful homewares shop called Merchants of Swanbourne.
2. A much bigger and harder ride is from Claremont Station heading north to Scarborough (about 40 minutes) or even all the way to Hillarys (about 65 minutes). Most of this ride is also on a dedicated bike path running parallel to the beach all the way. It’s a great ride to do if you want to go beach hopping along the way. A suggested stop along the way is a swim and coffee at The Kiosk at Floreat Beach. If you go all the way to Hillarys then you might like to make it a full-day trip to include lunch and a swim as well.
3. Claremont Station to South Perth (about 30 minutes). This is one of my favourites on Sunday mornings. Part of the ride is through Kings Park and the rest is along the Swan River. I usually then go to Atomic on Mends Street for breakfast.
4. Claremont Station to Fremantle. (about 45 minutes) Again, a lot of this ride is along the path parallel to the train line, then along the beach bike path and the last bit into Fremantle is on the road. I like to do this ride on the weekends if I feel like getting out of my local area.
5. Claremont Station to Subiaco (about 20 minutes). This is my weekly ride to do my shopping at Coles in Subiaco. Again, the same bike path goes all the way into Subiaco along the train line.
6. Claremont Station to the city (about 30 minutes). Sunday shopping in the city is so convenient by bike and great if you need to quickly pop into Uniqlo, Zara, H&M or Nespresso. The simplest way into the city, again is along the bike path parallel with the train line.
Maybe, I’ll see you out there on one of these bike paths someday. I’m the girl that’s always wearing Swarovski crystal sandals.
Lots of love,