Bicycle rides on the Massachusetts North Shore

A Hole in the Wind, A Climage Scientist’s Bicycle Journey Across the US - Author Talk & Book Signing, Saturday, Sept. 30, 3pm, EBSCO Hall, 5 Peatfield St., Ipswich MA. An epic bicycle journey across the American hinterland that explores the challenges of climate change alongside a diverse array of American voices. After a distinguished career in climate science as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System … Continue reading A Hole in the Wind, A Climage Scientist’s Bicycle Journey Across the US
Cycle for Shelter, Haverhill MA: July 23, 2017 - The 29th Annual Cycle for Shelter to benefit Emmaus will be held at Northern Essex Community College.   Cyclists can ride a 20-mile, 40-mile, 62-mile or 100-mile scenic route that will take them through Haverhill, MA, up to the seacoast of New Hampshire, and south through the North Shore of Massachusetts.  Upon returning to the college, riders can … Continue reading Cycle for Shelter, Haverhill MA: July 23, 2017
Willowdale Mountain Bike Ride - Willowdale Mountain Bike Ride Willowdale State Forest, Topsfield/Ipswich MA Date: 19 Nov 2016 9:00 AM EST Join the Essex County Trail Association for a 2 hour intermediate mountain bike ride around Willowdale State Forest on Saturday, November 19th from 9-11am.  We will make a few brief stops along the way to highlight some of the … Continue reading Willowdale Mountain Bike Ride
Tour de Greenbelt, September 16, 2017 - The 2016 Tour de Greenbelt started at the Essex County Greenbelt’s Cox Reservation and Headquarters, 82 Eastern Avenue, Essex, MA 01929. Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust, works with local landowners and communities to conserve the region’s farmland, wildlife habitat, and scenic landscapes. Cue sheets 25-MILE Cue Sheet 50-MILE Cue Sheet GPX files 25-Mile GPX File 50-Mile … Continue reading Tour de Greenbelt, September 16, 2017
Reid’s Ride, Gloucester MA: July 16th, 2017 - Reid’s Ride is a 28-mile bike ride from Lynnfield High School to Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park to benefit the Reid Sacco AYA Cancer Fund. Route at RideWithGPS View and print cue sheet View and print map GPX file TCX Course
Ipswich-Topsfield-Boxford - Ride from Ipswich MA to Topsfield, a charming New England village.  A private driveway is used to connect Pineswamp and Topsfield Roads, then continue along beautiful Perkins Row takes you through the Ipswich River Sanctuary before arriving in Topsfield. The long route adds a loop through parts of Ipswich and Boxford west of Rt. 1. Both … Continue reading Ipswich-Topsfield-Boxford
Hamilton MA “Hey you, get off my road!” - Start: Hamilton-Wenham Regional School, 775 Bay Rd, 01982 South Hamilton , MA See map: Google Maps Routes Miles Elevation (ft) Print Download 30 1,276 Cue sheet, Map GPX, TCX 40 1,760 Cue sheet, Map GPX, TCX 30 miles 40 miles
A Reason to Ride, Danvers MA: September 17, 2017 - A Reason to Ride is a fundraiser to benefit cancer research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, starting from Danvers MA and visiting Wenham, Hamilton, Essex, Manchester by the Sea, Gloucester, Ipswich, Georgetown, Topsfield returning to Danvers. 10 mile cue sheet 25 mile cue sheet 50 mile cue sheet 50 miles Route at RideWithGPS View and print cue … Continue reading A Reason to Ride, Danvers MA: September 17, 2017
Around Castle Neck - This 5.5 mile walk begins on the Green trail from the far right side of the Crane Beach parking lot in Ipswich, MA. Go right at the Red trail. Shortly after descending the second steep dune, take the trail on the right to Castle Neck River, then circumnavigate to Crane Beach and back to the … Continue reading Around Castle Neck
North Shore cycling tour - 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, … Continue reading North Shore cycling tour
Hills of Ipswich - There’s about 2300′ of climbing on this 44-mile ride, with a lot of “out and back” on beautiful roads you may have never ridden. Experience these hills and views, in order of occurrence: Start from the Hammatt St. parking lot in Ipswich Town Farm Rd. out and back, up Town Hill at Highland Cemetery Pineswamp Rd. … Continue reading Hills of Ipswich
North Shore Tour de Cure, Topsfield MA: Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Date: May 21, 2017 The Tour de Cure is a series of fundraising cycling events held in 44 states nationwide to benefit the American Diabetes Association. This ride starts at the fairgrounds in Topsfield, MA. 2016 routes 100 mile ride Route at RideWithGPS View and print cue sheet View and print map GPX file TCX … Continue reading North Shore Tour de Cure, Topsfield MA: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Danvers with hills - Thanks to Jason Bartlett for this ride: “There’s an unfortunate scarcity in really hilly routes on the Massachusetts North Shore. Most of my rides average in the low to mid 40’s in feet per mile of elevation gain. For fellow hill climbing enthusiasts, I thought I’d share today’s ride in which I was able to … Continue reading Danvers with hills
Haverhill riding north - Start: Northern Essex Community College 100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA (View map) Meet in the Technology center Parking Lot. Description: This ride takes us on familiar roads, some a bit hilly, and travels north of the Merrimack River into Merrimac and Amesbury, with longer rides continuing through Newton, Kingston and South Hampton in New Hampshire. Distance … Continue reading Haverhill riding north
Salem-Marblehead ride - Start Location: Salem Willows Park at the corner of Fort Ave. and Bay View Ave. near “Salem Willows Park” signage in Salem, MA. A bike rack and park benches are nearby. Plenty of parking is available. Map to start. Description: This is a ride on the streets of historic Salem and surrounding towns. The routes … Continue reading Salem-Marblehead ride
Exeter to Great Bay - What to expect: The rides go through the scenic farm country of southern New Hampshire. The terrain is rolling hills with old barns, scenic vistas, and lots of quiet roads. All the loops go by historic Kingston NH common,  picturesque Newfields, Great Bay, Newmarket, and the lively college town of Durham. This ride is marked … Continue reading Exeter to Great Bay
NSC Saturday ride, Boxford - Start: Masconomet Regional High School, Boxford MA map to start. Directions: From Route 95 take exit 51 (Endicott St) east towards Topsfield. The school is 1/4 mile on right. The ride leaves from the parking lot closest to I-95). What to expect: The North Shore Cyclists Saturday Fitness Ride meanders through Middleton, Boxford, Georgetown, Byfield, Newbury … Continue reading NSC Saturday ride, Boxford
NSC Hamilton to Newburyport - Start: Cutler Elementary School, Asbury St., South Hamilton, MA map to start Description: Enjoy some of the nicest cycling in our area. Generally quiet, scenic country roads in Hamilton, Topsfield, Ipswich, Georgetown and Boxford. Long ride adds Newbury and Newburyport. Generally flat to rolling, with a few small hills. Ride created by Arnold Nadler. Combined NSC … Continue reading NSC Hamilton to Newburyport
Tyngsborough Pepper and Maple - Start: Tyngsborough Elementary School, 205 Westford Rd, Tyngsborough, MA (map). Arrow Shape: White T. Description: The ride is remarkable for staying on so many low-traffic roads with excellent pavement. The short ride goes through Tyngsborough, Pepperell, Hollis NH, Nashua NH, and Dunstable; the long ride adds Townsend and Brookline NH. The short route has 0.5 miles of packed gravel, … Continue reading Tyngsborough Pepper and Maple
NSC Over Hill and Dale from Ballardvale - Start locations: Ballardvale MBTA Station, Andover is the traditional start. map to start ($4 parking charge is enforced. There is some parking available on side streets off of Tewksbury St, where the ride stats, up the hill from the Ballardvale T-Station. ) Directions: Rte 93 to Dascomb Road, take the ramp towards Andover, turn right … Continue reading NSC Over Hill and Dale from Ballardvale
NSC North Reading pigs, ponds and potholes - A North Shore Cyclists ride Start: Ipswich River Park, North Reading map to start Description: Serene back roads, farm stands, ponds, pigs (plus sheep, chickens, and bunnies), and lots of potholes of the northern burbs. Have iced coffee at Smolak Farm (on the short ride) or a picnic lunch at Ingaldsby Farm. Terrain is moderately … Continue reading NSC North Reading pigs, ponds and potholes
NSC pothole inspection tour, Topsfield - Start: Topsfield Plaza, Main Street, Topsfield, MA. map to start Directions: From Rte 95 N, take Exit 50 to Route 1 North. In Topsfield, turn left onto Rte 97 North. At stop sign, go left (Rt. 97 continues right). Topsfield Plaza is 1/4 mile on right. Description: Flat to rolling terrain on some of our favorite … Continue reading NSC pothole inspection tour, Topsfield
NSC Wakefield Thursday ride - Start: Quannapowitt Parkway, northern end of Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield MA, the end nearest the Rt. 128 interchange. Directions: Rte 128 to Exit 40. Follow Rte 129 south to the park at the north end of the lake and turn right almost immediately on Quannapowitt Parkway to the parking area. Map to start Description: Gently rolling … Continue reading NSC Wakefield Thursday ride
NSC Bradley Palmer winter ride - Start location: Bradley Palmer State Park parking lot, Asbury Street, Topsfield MA. From the Asbury Street entrance, take the first right, and the parking lot will be on your left in a short distance. Map to start. A North Shore Cyclists ride.   Map and Cue sheet (PDF) PRINT MAP FROM BROWSER PRINT CUE SHEET FROM … Continue reading NSC Bradley Palmer winter ride
NSC North Reading evening rides - Start Location: Edith A. O’Leary Senior Center, 50 Bow St., N. Reading MA map to start. The building is at the intersection of Haverhill and Bow St. There are also some parking spaces at a small lot across Haverhill St. which belongs to N.Reading High School which could be used for overflow. This location is … Continue reading NSC North Reading evening rides
NSC Haverhill-Bradford Tuesday evening rides - Start: Bradford Christian Academy, 97 Oxford Avenue, Haverhill, MA. Map to Start. Oxford Ave and the brick school building is across Rte. 125 from Josephs restaurant, and behind the Cedardale complex. Description: NSC ride with long stretches of scenic riding with a few rolling hills. Loop into Boxford and North Andover. The arrow is a white ” 7 ” pointing … Continue reading NSC Haverhill-Bradford Tuesday evening rides
NSC Old Stone Walls Ride Ipswich - Start: Ipswich, 16 Hammatt Street parking lot, behind Market Street and Central Street.  map to start 2015 Alternative Start: Cutler School, Asbury St. in Hamilton MA. Directions: From I-95, take Rt. 133 east to the center of Ipswich. Turn right one block before downtown center. Hammatt St. parking lot will be on your left. From … Continue reading NSC Old Stone Walls Ride Ipswich
NSC Portsmouth to Maine Seacoast ride - Start: Parrott Ave. Parking Lot, Portsmouth, NH. MAP TO START Directions: From I-95 N, take Exit 3 To Portsmouth. In 1.2 mile, bear Right onto South St. In another 0.9 mile, turn Left onto Junkins Ave. In 0.3 mile, Parrott Ave will be on your left and the entrance will be an immediate right. If the lot is … Continue reading NSC Portsmouth to Maine Seacoast ride
NSC Hamilton-Salem Halloween Ride - Description: This ride starts in Hamilton and winds into downtown Salem where there will be large crowds of revelers. Fancy costumes aren’t expected but everyone should try to be creative and help us make a memorable group of cyclists when we arrive in the Witch City. 10 miles each way. Created by : Jimmy White and Paula Bossone … Continue reading NSC Hamilton-Salem Halloween Ride
NSC Quiet Roads North of Boston, Reading -  Start: REI, Salem St in Reading.  map to start Directions: Route 128 to Exit 40; go around rotary to Route 129 (Salem St.) West. REI parking lot is third left. Please park away from the shops. The Reading commuter rail station is 1.3 miles away. Description:  Mostly flat to rolling, shady roads. All rides go through … Continue reading NSC Quiet Roads North of Boston, Reading
NSC Ride to the Sea, Georgetown - Start: Perley School, Georgetown map to start Directions: Take Rt. 95 exit 54 west, then follow Rt. 133 west to Georgetown center. At set of lights take right onto North St., Perley School is 1/4 mile on the right. What to expect: Scenic ride through Georgetown, Rowley, Boxford and Ipswich. 25, 40 and 50 miles. … Continue reading NSC Ride to the Sea, Georgetown
NSC Salt Marsh Ride, ipswich - Start: Ipswich MA downtown central parking lot on Hammatt St. behind Market Street and Central Street map to start Directions: From I-95, take Rt. 133 east to the center of Ipswich. Turn right one block before downtown center. Hammatt St. parking lot will be on your left. From Rt. 1, take Ipswich Rd. from Topsfield. … Continue reading NSC Salt Marsh Ride, ipswich
NSC Salt Marsh Ride, Rowley - Location: Pine Grove School, Rt. 1A, Rowley MA Directions: Pine Grove School is on the right when going north on Rt. 1A shortly after the intersection with Central Street. Map to start location Description: The Salt Marsh Ride starts at the Pine Grove School on Rt. 1A in Rowley MA and starts out on a beautiful … Continue reading NSC Salt Marsh Ride, Rowley
NSC Bradford ride - Start: Bradford Elementary School, 118 Montvale Street, Haverhill, MA (map to start) Description: All rides (27 miles), medium(40 miles), and long (61 miles) visit the communities of Bradford, West Boxford, Groveland and West Newbury on a mix of local and rural roads. The 61 mile ride (metric century) adds a loop through Newbury to Plum Island and back. … Continue reading NSC Bradford ride
NSC Willowdale mountain biking - Start: Linebrook road in Ipswich MA, across from the Marini farm field on the right hand side parking lot. Coming from Rt. 1, this is on the right, well before Doyon school. map to start Willowdale has 40 miles of trails for all levels, and great fire roads to learn on. The Forest exists as two … Continue reading NSC Willowdale mountain biking
NSC North from Cushing Park, Newburyport - Start: Cushing Park, Kent St., Newburyport, MA. Google Directions and Map to Start Location. This is a North Shore Cyclists ride. Directions: From I-95, Exit 57 for Rte 113 E. Go 2 miles and take a left onto Kent Street. Parking lot is 2 blocks on right. From Rte 1, go onto Merrimac Street (at the … Continue reading NSC North from Cushing Park, Newburyport
Arrowed rides on the North Shore Cyclists site - Ride name City and arrow Applecrest Amesbury Back to the Saddles Again Byfield Bagels and a Witch Boxford Best of Ipswich Ipswich Bradford ride Bradford Breakaway ride North Andover Cape Ann from Ipswich Ipswich Cape Ann from Manchester Manchester-by-the-Sea Cheese and Whine Amesbury Coastal New Hampshire Hampton Farm and Sea Danvers Grub, Sweat and Gears Topsfield … Continue reading Arrowed rides on the North Shore Cyclists site
NSC North to Great Bay, Amesbury - Start: Amesbury Elementary School, 20 South Hampton Rd., Amesbury map to start Directions: Rte. 95 to exit 58 for Rte. 110 Amesbury. Go to the 1st traffic light and take a right onto Elm Street. At the rotary take the 1st right onto Market St. (Rte. 150). Go about 0.5 mile; bear left onto South … Continue reading NSC North to Great Bay, Amesbury
Nashua River Ramble - Start: Tyngsboro Elementary School; 205 Westford Rd, Tyngsboro, MA map to start Directions: Take Exit 34 on Hwy 3. At the end of the exit ramp, turn West (left, for those coming from the south), toward Westford. At the third stoplight, turn right. Tyngsboro Elementary School is on your right in less than a 1/2 … Continue reading Nashua River Ramble
NSC Topsfield Monday ride - Start: Topsfield Plaza, Topsfield map to start Directions: From Rte 95 N, take Exit 50 to Route 1 North. In Topsfield, turn left onto Rte 97 North. At stop sign, go left (Rt. 97 continues right). Topsfield Plaza is 1/4 mile on right. We park at the far end of the lot Description: This is an … Continue reading NSC Topsfield Monday ride
Minuteman Ride from Lawrence, MA - Start: Greater Lawrence Vocational High School 57 River Road, Andover MA map to start Directions: I-93 N, Exit 45 River Road (1st exit north of I-495), Left at 1st set of lights onto River Road, left at 3rd set of lights into school parking. I-93N is Exit 40B off I-495 What to expect: Scenic ride … Continue reading Minuteman Ride from Lawrence, MA
NSC Cheese and Whine from Amesbury - Start location: Amesbury Elementary School, So. Hampton Rd., Amesbury, MA. Map to Start. From  Rte 95 to exit 58 for Rte. 110 Amesbury. Go to the 1st traffic light and take a right onto Elm Street. At the rotary take the first right onto Market St. (Rte. 150). Go about .5 mile, bear left onto … Continue reading NSC Cheese and Whine from Amesbury
NSC Merrimack River ride from Newburyport, MA - Start: Cushing Park, Newburyport MA map to start Directions: From Rte. 95 take exit 57 Rte 113 east. Go for 2 miles and take a left onto Kent St. parking lot is 2 blocks on right. From Rte 1 go onto Merrimac St. 1/4 mile west towards Amesbury. Take a left at the gas station … Continue reading NSC Merrimack River ride from Newburyport, MA
Merrimack River ride from Ipswich MA - Start Location: Ipswich Middle and Senior High School, 130 High St., Ipswich MA. (we start from the parking lot behind the school). (Map to Start) This ride takes recently-repaved Rt. 1A from Ipswich to Rowley, then continues on pleasant roads past two reservoirs to the Merrimack River in West Newbury. The ride is not arrowed. Ipswich-Merrimack River … Continue reading Merrimack River ride from Ipswich MA
NSC Let’s Go Coastal from Newburyport, MA - Start: Cushing Park, Newburyport map to start Directions: From Route 95, take Exit 57 for Route 113 East. Go for 2 miles and take a left onto Kent Street. Parking lot is 2 blocks on right. From Route 1 go onto Merrimac Street (at the Newburyport end of the bridge over the Merrimack). Go 1/4 mile west towards … Continue reading NSC Let’s Go Coastal from Newburyport, MA
NSC Grub, Sweat and Gears - Start: Main Street Plaza , Topsfield , MA map to start Directions: From Route 95, take Exit 50 to Route 1 North. In Topsfield, turn left onto Route 97 North. At Topsfield Center , go left (Route 97 continues right). Topsfield Plaza is on the right behind Cumberland Farms. Park at the far end of … Continue reading NSC Grub, Sweat and Gears
NSC Danvers Farm and Sea - Start: 14 Otis St. Danvers, MA. The start is the dirt parking lot of Tiggies Field across from St. Mary of the Annunciation School. From Rte 1 or 95 take the exit for Rte 62 East (Maple St). In about 1 mile turn right on Pine St. and at 0.2 mi left on Otis. Parking … Continue reading NSC Danvers Farm and Sea
NSC Cape Ann from Manchester, MA - Start: Memorial Elementary School, Manchester, MA. map to start. It is the older elementary school, not the new high school. Description: Ride counter-clockwise along the Cape Ann coastline, through Gloucester, out to the Eastern Point Lighthouse and Atlantic Ave., to Rockport and back through Annisquam Village. The short and medium routes return to the start location in … Continue reading NSC Cape Ann from Manchester, MA
NSC Breakaway Ride, North Andover MA - Location: Breakaway Computraining, 27 Charles St., North Andover, MA 01845. Map Description: 25, 42 and 60 mile rides. There is plenty of parking at Breakaway and a place to change as well as restrooms. Host: Steven Dipetro 60 Mile long route 60 mile NSC cue sheet PDF  60 mile cue sheet at RWGPS 60 mile route map at … Continue reading NSC Breakaway Ride, North Andover MA