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Ipswich-Newburyport 34 mile loop

This 34-mile road bike ride begins at the Hammatt St. parking lot in Ipswich, MA and follows Rt. 1A along the coast to Newbury and Newburyport. The return is along quiet wooded roads west of Rt. 1, then taking newly-reconstructed Linebrook Road back to Ipswich. There is a short extra loop on Pine Swamp Road with a brief section of private driveway on town right-of-way.


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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 projects that ECTA has been instrumental in helping to accomplish in the park.

Riders should be prepared with:

  • Fully functioning mountain bikes, no hybrids or cyclocross bikes
  • Helmet
  • Hydration / nutrition for 2 hour ride
  • Weather appropriate cycling clothing

Meet at the Willowdale Meadow Parking Lot located on Ipswich Road in Topsfield.  “Wheels down” at 9:00 am, so please arrive a few minutes early to unload and check in.
From Route 1, take Ipswich Road heading east.  After passing Asbury Street on the right, the parking area will be just over 1/4 mile farther down Ipswich Road (If you reach the Ipswich/Topsfield town line you have gone too far).  Parking available on both sides of the street.

Questions or comments, please email office@ectaonline.org or call 978-468-1133This event is free for active ECTA members, $20 for non-members.  You may also contact the ride leader, Scott Bumpus, by emailing bumpus@seasidecycle.com.

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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 loops 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 passing through the Great Wenham Swamp. Note: Pineswamp Rd. in Ipswich connects with Topsfield Road by use of a private driveway. The alternative is to take Topsfield Rd. from  Ipswich to Topsfield.

Ipswich – Topsfield – Boxford 40 mile route

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Ipswich – Topsfield 22 mile route

Topsfield Ride

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Topsfield 24 mile route at RideWithGPS
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Ipswich-Topsfield Boxford 33 mile loop

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Bicycle rides in Massachusetts

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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 parking lot.

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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

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Monday: Cape Ann long version 35 miles

Cape Ann ride

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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)

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Tuesday:  The Ipswich River Sanctuary and Topsfield 40 mile route

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

Topsfield Ride

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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 ride

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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.

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Ipswich to Salem (DISCONTINUED)

The Ipswich to Salem ride is no longer included 

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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

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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 16 mile ride

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23 mile Artichoke Reservoirs and Merrimack River option

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Friday morning: Newbury and the Great Salt Marsh

Newbury Ride

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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.

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. out and back, skirting Turkey Hill
  • Mount Pleasant St. in Ipswich
  • Bush Hill  on Kennedy St.
  • Scott Hill off of Topsfield Rd.
  • Turner Hill (big climb)
  • Some easy riding, then a hill on Chebacco Rd.
  • Castle Hill at the Crane Estate
  • Heartbreak Hill on Argilla Rd.
  • Nice side trip to Labor in Vain Creek, with a little climb
  • Plover Hill at Great Neck
  • A steep climb up Town Hill on Spring St.
  • Back to the start

44 mile Ipswich Hills Ride, 2300 ft. of climb

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35 mile ride with 1300 of climbing.

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 15.5 miles, Total elevation gain: 995 ft., Maximum grades: 9-14%

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41 mile ride: All of the hills in Ipswich and some quiet roads, 1948 ft elevation

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Hills in Ipswich Massachusetts

Bartholomew Hill – 204′ off Linebrook behind Doyon School
Bear (Boar) Hill – off Topsfield Road near Little Turner
Bush Hill – 193′ off Topsfield Road
Castle Hill – 165′ at end of Argilla Road
Elm Hill – Marini’s Hill (Elm Hill Farm)
Heartbreak Hill – off Argilla Road 164 ft.
Jewett Hill – 212′ off High Street at Rowley line
Little Turner Hill- 197′ off Topsfield Road
Plover Hill – Great Neck
Prospect Hill – 262′ Ipswich/Rowley line
Sagamore Hill – 172′ Ipswich/Hamilton line
Scott Hill – 180′ off Topsfield Road
Steep Hill – off Argilla Road facing Crane Beach
Tilton’s Hill – near Treadwell Island
Town Hill – 184′ East of town center
Turkey Hill – 240′ between Pineswamp & Topsfield Road
Turner Hill – 250′ off Topsfield Road
Vine Hill – off Topsfield Road (Masonic Temple)
Windmill Hill – County & Essex Roads (Cable Hosp