Tag: Ipswich

NSC Old Stone Walls Ride Ipswich

stonewallsStart: 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 Rt. 1, take Ipswich Rd. from Topsfield. Cross tracks and turn left at the Ipswich Cooperative Bank, and bear right. Parking lot will be on your right.

Distances: 43 miles, 34 miles, and 24 miles

What to expect: The Stone Walls Ride from Ipswich takes us through the historic section of Ipswich before continuing on Waldingfield Rd. and around Bradley Palmer State Park, along the Ipswich River Sanctuary on Perkins Row and on River Road in Topsfield. The medium ride turns back in Boxford, and the long ride continues to Georgetown. There are no road marks in Boxford.

Arrow: The route is marked with a white small letter I. The dot in in the direction of travel. This ride was created by Gordon Harris.

43 mile NSC PDF cue sheet
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34 mile NSC PDF cue sheet
34 miles at RideWithGPS

24 mile NSC PDF cue sheet
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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. Cross tracks and turn left at the Ipswich Cooperative Bank, and bear right. Parking lot will be on your right.

Distances: short (27), medium (40) long (47) or extra-long (54) rides

Description: The Salt Marsh Tour passes through some of the most outstanding scenery in our area and offers the rare opportunity to cycle primarily on wide flat roads with just a few very short climbs. We take Rt. 1A north through Rowley and the Great Salt marsh to Newbury. The shortest version turns back at Newbury Green, while the medium and long routes continue to Plum Island with an out and back 8-mile ride to the Hellcat Trail parking lot on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge park road (restroom at the beginning of the trail). Make sure to bring $2 for the entrance fee or a Golden Pass.

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road mark

Also on the bike lane that runs between Newbury and Plum Island is the Joppa flats Audubon Center with modern facilities and the first opportunity to refill water bottles. The long and extra long loops go through Newburyport to the Artichoke Reservoirs. All routes return along wooded local roads to Rowley on the way back to Ipswich. Unarrowed directions to Crane Beach are included in the long route cue sheet.

Download route map (The route map displays all distance options).

Extra Long Route (52 miles)
52 mile route on RideWithGPX
GPX Track (.gpx)
Extra long cue sheet

Long Route (47 miles)
Long route on RideWithGPS
GPX Track (.gpx)
long cue sheet with Crane Beach

Medium Route (40 miles)
Medium route on RideWithGPS
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medium cue sheet

Short Route (27 miles)
Short route on RideWithGPS
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short cue sheet

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 separate parcels divided by Route 1. The eastern block of the Forest abuts Bradley Palmer State Park and the Ipswich River; the western section includes 100 acre Hood Pond.

NSC Willowdale mountain biking

Willowdale Trail Map

Willowdale State Forest is one of the most popular mountain biking areas north of Boston. Access  the trails from Topsfield Rd. between Topsfield and Ipswich MA, or from Linebrook Rd. in Ipswich.

Directions: From the South: Take I-95 to Exit 50 to Route 1. Take Route 1 North heading towards Topsfield. Travel 4 miles to Ipswich Road. Take a right onto Ipswich Rd. Follow Ipswich Rd for approximately 2 miles. Ipswich Road will turn into Topsfield Rd once you are in Ipswich. There will be two turnouts on the right hand side for parking.

 15 mile ride at RideWithGPS
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Arrowed rides on the North Shore Cyclists site

Ride namesort descending 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
Hey, You! Get off my road! South Hamilton
Ipswich to Plum Island Ipswich
Labor Day Ride Chelmsford
Let’s Go Coastal Newburyport
Maine Seacoast Portsmouth
Merrimack River from Ipswich Ipswich
Merrimack River from Newburyport Newburyport
Minuteman Andover
Nashua River Ramble Tyngsboro
Newburyport to Exeter Newburyport
North Andover Ride North Andover
North from Cushing Park Newburyport
North from Cushing Park Newburyport
North of Essex County Haverhill
North to Great Bay Amesbury
North to Great Bay Amesbury
North to Great Bay from Exeter Exeter
North to Newburyport Hamilton
Old Stone Walls Ipswich
Over Hill and Dale from Ballardvale Andover
Pepper and Maple Tour Tyngsboro
Pigs, Ponds and Potholes North Reading
Ponds and Forests Bradford
Pothole Inspection Topsfield
Quiet Roads North of Boston Reading
Ride to the Sea Georgetown
Rockingham Haverhill
Rockingham Haverhill
Salem Halloween Hamilton
Salem-Beverly Salem
Salem-Marblehead Salem
Salt Marsh from Ispwich Ipswich
Salt Marsh from Rowley Rowley
Salt Marsh from Rowley Rowley
Scotty Dog Ride Beverly
Scotty Dog Ride Beverly
Scotty Dog Ride Beverly

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 Ride 35 miles

Ipswich-Merrimack River route at RideWithGPS
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Mountain biking north of Boston

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 of the trails listed here, including Willowdale and Harold Parker are part of the Bay Circuit Trail.

Harold Parker State Forest 3000 with over 30 miles of trails View at NEMBA.Harold Parker East Bike Trail Map Harold Parker West Bike Trail Map

Charles W. Ward Reservation 5 miles of singletrack through woodlands and a hill for great views View Trail Map

Cleaveland Farm State Forest Single track and small fire roads. View Trail Map
Boxford State Forest joins with J.C. Philips Wildlife Sanctuary and Bald Hill, trail map
Bald Hill Reservation 1,921 acres with singletrack. View Trail Map
Georgetown-Rowley State Forest, Rte. 97, Georgetown MA. 1,112 acres. ViewTrail map
Dogtown A glacial rubble field with a very rugged terrain for the most technically experienced mountain bikers.View at NEMBA. View Trail Map

Ravenswood Park 600 acres with 10 miles of carriage paths and trails. View Trail Map
Discover Hamilton Trail starts at the Hamilton town offices, 10 miles connecting Harvard Woods, the Pingree Reservation, Appleton Farms and Bradley Palmer State Park.View Trail Map
Harvard Forest on Cutler Rd. in Hamilton, 100 acres. Look for the trail on the left before the railroad tracks as you head North on Cutler Rd. View Trail Map

Pingree Reservation:136 acres of preservation land in Hamilton MA. The trail is a part of the Bay Circuit Trail and connects to Harvard Forest with a 4 mile loop View Trail Map

Bradley Palmer State Park is a 721-acres with sunny rolling meadows, deep woods and old carriage roads. View at NEMBA. View Trail Map

Appleton Farms Grass Rides, easy trails through forest, open fields, and wetlands. . View Trail Map

Willowdale State Forest 40 miles of trails divided by Route 1, the most popular mountain biking in the area. NEMBA site. View Trail Map

Lowell-Dracut State Forest: 1100 acres, with forest roads and single track. View at NEMBA.
View Trail Map

Lynn Woods: Three lakes and two distinct sections. View at NEMBA. View Trail Map

Manchester Woods. From 128, take Exit 15 (School St.) heading away from Manchester. Limited to old roads closed by Rt. 128 construction. View Trail Map

Downfall Wildlife Management Area (Martin Burns Conservation Area) 1555 acres Location: Orchard Street, Byfield and Newbury; also accessed from the commuter rail station in Newburyport. View Trail Map

Maudslay State Park
. Great trails along the Merrimack rRver for walking, biking, View Trail Map

Prospect Hill, 90-acre parcel is part of the Bay Circuit Trail and connects directly to the Dow Brook Conservation lands. View Trail Map

Hood Pond Section of Willowdale State Forest, 2400 acres, connects also to Cleaveland State Forest and Georgetown . Detail Map (80k) Locus Map (60k) View Trail Map

Willowdale Meadow is an old meadow with some single track. ECTA page View Trail Map

Willowdale State Forest, Pineswamp section. View Trail Map

Topsfield Town Forest A gravel drive and trail that leads to Hood Pond and connects easily to Willowdale State Forest. View Trail Map

Gordon College and Chebacco Woods. View at NEMBA. View Trail Map1 More at NEMBA. View Trail Map2 map3

Crane Pond Wildlife Management Area. 2123 acres in Groveland, Newbury, Georgetown and W. Newbury. Unmarked trails and old woods roads. View Trail Map

Interactive map of mountain bike locations on the North Shore

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 Fresh Pond bike path and local bike lanes to the Charles River. Memorial Drive in Cambridge is closed on Sundays through early November from Mount Auburn to Western Ave. We cross the Charles River at Western Ave and join the Dudley Bike Path along Storrow Drive on the Boston side of the river, continuing the entire distance to the Science Museum Bridge. North Station is only a couple of blocks away, and we catch the 1:30 or 4:30 pm train back to Ipswich, which takes 50 minutes. This un-arrowed ride was created by Gordon Harris

Start:  Commuter rail station, Ipswich MA

End: North Station, Boston MA.

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Ipswich to Boston route at RideWithGPS

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