North Shore cycling tour

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This cycling tour of the Massachusetts North Shore was developed for Road Scholar, and is based in Ipswich and Newburyport, Massachusetts. The tour is designed for experienced road cyclists on road bikes or fast road hybrids, who are capable of maintaining a minimum 11 mile per hour average pace for the day. City bikes, beach bikes, and mountain bikes are not appropriate for this tour. There will be at least two guides accompanying you, but van support is not provided.

The routes for our daily rides are provided below.

Ipswich rides

 Starting from the Ipswich Inn at the intersection of North Main St. and East St.

Sunday: To the Windmills and about Ipswich

Windmills and village PDF cue sheet

Route at RideWithGPS
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Monday: Cape Ann long version 35 miles

Ipswich-Magnolia-Essex Cape Ann Ride  PDF cue sheet

Cape Ann 35 mile route at RideWithGPS
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This faster-paced full day ride takes participants to Manchester by the Sea and the rocky Atlantic shoreline in quaint Magnolia, then circles back past glacial erratics in West Gloucester. View the 32/37 mile route with Crane Beach option
Essex and Crane Beach. This relaxed ride from the Ipswich Inn takes us along wooded back roads to historic Essex, one of colonial America’s first ship-building towns..

Cape Ann 17 mile ride (Essex and Crane Beach)

Ipswich-Essex-Crane Beach PDF cue sheet

Route at RideWithGPS
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Tuesday:  The Ipswich River Sanctuary and Topsfield 40 mile route

Ipswich-Topsfield-Boxford PDF cue sheet

Ipswich-Topsfield-Boxford 40 mile route at RideWithGPS
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Ipswich River and Topsfield 22 mile route

Ipswich-Topsfield ride PDF cue sheet

Topsfield 24 mile route at RideWithGPS
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Ride along beautiful Perkins Row through the Ipswich River Sanctuary to Topsfield, a charming New England village. We return through Bradley Palmer State Park to Ipswich  You may wish to stop at Foote Brothers Canoes to enjoy an hour or two of self-guided canoeing or kayaking on the Ipswich River. From Topsfield, you can add on the Topsfield-Danvers Rail Trail, a stone dust trail from Topsfield to Danvers through the Great Wenham Swamp.

Wednesday: Jeffreys Neck and Crane Beach

Jeffreys Neck and Crane Beach PDF cue sheet 

Jeffreys Neck and Crane Beach route at RideWithGPS
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The ride to Jeffrey’s Neck crosses the Great Salt Marsh and enjoy a spectacular view of Plum Island, Cape Ann, and the Atlantic. View the Jeffreys Neck Ride

Wednesday afternoon option to ride from Ipswich to Newburyport

Participants without cars may elect to ride their bicycles 11 miles to the Essex St. Inn in  Newburyport.

Ipswich to Newburyport PDF cue sheet

Ipswich to Newburyport 11 mile route at RideWithGPS
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Ipswich to Salem (DISCONTINUED)

Ipswich-Salem ride PDF cue sheet

Ipswich to Salem 33 mile route at RideWithGPS
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Starting from the Ipswich Inn Crossing the harbor to historic Salem. The return takes us through Beverly and Hamilton on our return to Ipswich. View the 32-mile route

Newburyport rides

These  rides start at the Essex Street Inn in Newburyport. MA.

Thursday morning
Plum Island and Parker River Wildlife Refuge

Plum Island ride PDF cue sheet

Plum Island 19 mile route at RideWithGPS
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Cross the bridge to Plum Island for a visit to the Parker River Wildlife Refuge, then return to Newburyport. You may wish to stop at the Joppa Flats Audubon CenterView the 16-mile Plum Island route

Thursday afternoon: The Artichoke Reservoirs and Merrimack River 16 mile ride

Artichoke Reservoirs Ride PDF cue sheet

Artichoke Reservoirs 16 mile route at RideWithGPS
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23 mile Artichoke Reservoirs and Merrimack River option

Merrimack River Ride PDF cue sheet

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Friday morning: Newbury and the Great Salt Marsh

Newbury Ride PDF cue sheet

Newbury 8 mile route at RideWithGPS
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This 8-mile ride takes us through historic neighborhoods to the South Green in Newbury. We continue past Old Town Hill into the heart of the Great Salt Marsh.  View the 8-mile route

This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the MA North Shore was created by Ipswich naturalist Kristina Lindborg.

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