A scenic coastal ride from an historic New England village

Bicycles on Jeffreys Neck in Ipswich

This half-day ride is led by Ipswich Town Historian Gordon Harris and begins at the Ipswich Riverwalk Mural, covering about 25 miles in one of New England's most historic and scenic coastal communities. Starting out, our ride crosses the Ipswich River pedestrian bridge to the South Green, where the historic Whipple house is located.  We… Continue reading A scenic coastal ride from an historic New England village

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

70 mile ride from Crane Beach, Ipswich MA

70 mile bike ride Ipswich MA

Start: Crane Beach, Ipswich MA (Parking fees) Route at RideWithGPS View and print cue sheet View and print map GPX file TCX Course


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

Bicycle rides in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is home to Bike New England, with with over a hundred rides from the Berkshires to the North Shore, and many more routes shared by local cycling organizations.

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 former cycling tour of the Massachusetts North Shore was developed for Road Scholar, and is based in Ipswich and Newburyport, Massachusetts. The routes for the daily rides are provided below. Ipswich rides Ipswich rides start from the Ipswich Inn at the intersection of North Main St. and East St. To the Windmills and about Ipswich… 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