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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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