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.
- Sign up at the Road Scholar site.
- The remaining 2016 Tour Date is September 18-23, 2016.
- Price: $979 (lodging and meals are included).
The routes for our daily rides are provided below.
Starting from the Ipswich Inn at the intersection of North Main St. and East St.
Sunday: To the Windmills and about Ipswich
Monday: Cape Ann long version 35 miles
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)
Tuesday: The Ipswich River Sanctuary and Topsfield 40 mile route
Ipswich River and Topsfield 22 mile route
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
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 Salem (DISCONTINUED)
These rides start at the Essex Street Inn in Newburyport. MA.
Plum Island and Parker River Wildlife Refuge
Thursday afternoon: The Artichoke Reservoirs and Merrimack River 16 mile ride
- The rural roads outside of Newburyport in Newbury and West Newbury are some of the most beautiful and less-travelled in the North Shore area and are wonderful for cycling.This beautiful ride begins on High Street in Newburyport and continues through Maudslay State Park and along the Artichoke Reservoirs. The full version includes a gorgeous section along the Merrimack River to West Newbury.
- View 23 mile Merrimack River Ride
- View the 16 mile Artichoke Reservoirs ride
- View the 12 mile Artichoke Reservoirs short ride
23 mile Artichoke Reservoirs and Merrimack River option
Friday morning: Newbury and the Great Salt Marsh
This Perfect Place: A Natural History of the MA North Shore was created by Ipswich naturalist Kristina Lindborg.