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 … Continue reading Ipswich-Newburyport 34 mile loop

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

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


Ipswich Topsfield and Boxford bicycle ride

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

Bicycle rides in Massachusetts

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Around Castle Neck

Castle Neck hike Ipswich

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

Cape Ann bicycle ride

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

Ipswich MA hilly bicycle ride

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

NSC Old Stone Walls Ride Ipswich

Ipswich Old Stone Walls bicycle ride

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 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 Willowdale mountain biking

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

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

Merrimack River ride from Ipswich MA

Merrimack River 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

Mountain biking north of Boston

Bay Circuit Trail

The following is a list of places to mountain bike on the Massachusetts North Shore, listed by towns. The state forests and preserved land in this area provide hundreds of miles of great mountain bike trails. The Bay Circuit Trail connects several state forests and other protected land through 34 towns in Eastern Massachusetts.. Many … Continue reading Mountain biking north of Boston

NSC Ipswich to Boston ride

Description: 47 miles along  back roads and bike lanes to North Station in Boston. Return by commuter rail to Ipswich. Created by Gordon Harris. Quiet local roads from Ipswich take us to Topsfield, North Reading, Wakefield and Stoneham. We then ride along the Mystic River to Arlington, take the Minuteman Bike Path to Cambridge, and follow the … Continue reading NSC Ipswich to Boston ride

NSC Wednesday Ipswich MA 15 mile ride

Ipswich MA 15 mile bicycle ride

Start: YMCA, 110 County Rd. (Rt. 133 east and 1A south ), Ipswich Massachusetts. map to start and driving directions Directions: Take Rt. 133/1A heading east from Ipswich. Before the highways split, the YMCA will be set back on the left.  The driveway is between the two sets of new apartment buildings.   We have permission … Continue reading NSC Wednesday Ipswich MA 15 mile ride