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.
The Festival’s mission is to inspire attendees to explore by bicycle. Whether across the globe or a few towns away, there’s nothing that recharges and expands horizons like bicycle travel. The Festival will increase awareness and appreciation for bicycle travel by showcasing independent films that depict the adventure, humor, and growth inherent in two-wheeled journeys. Adventure Cycling Association will present The Weekender Prize, for a film depicting a bicycle adventure of under 48 hours.
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.
This requested tour was designed to start in Northampton Massachusetts and ended in Rockland Maine. Other persons using these routes will need to find alternative overnight locations.The route takes a mix of local roads and highways to Westford and Newburyport MA, then follows generally follows the New Hampshire and Maine coast to Rockland. Roads are selected to optimize safety and scenic value, based on my own experience where available, club rides and other available sources. In some cases highways with shoulders are chosen rather than use a mix of local roads with excessive turns. Traffic is unavoidable and road conditions are unpredictable. Make sure to carry maps of the area so that you can take alternative routes where necessary.The routes described are recommendations based on available resources. No guarantees are made about the accuracy of the information or safety of participants riding bicycles on the roads. Persons using this information take full responsibility for their own safety.
Day 1:Northampton to Barre MA 46 miles This ride begins on the Norwottuck Rail Trail to Amherst, the circles south and east of Quabbin Reservoir, ending at the Jenkins Inn and Restaurant at the corner of Rt. 32 and Rt. 122 in the quaint village of Barre.
Day 3: Westford MA to Newburyport MA, 53 miles Today’s ride follows local less roads that are used for several North Shore Cyclists rides. Urban areas are avoided, and the route passes through several state forests. There are many great choices in the area between Groveland and Newburyport. Before Newburyport the route follows several miles along the Merrimack River, goes along a couple of reservoirs, passes through Maudslay State Forest and offers excellent views of historic architecture along High Street. The destination is the Essex Street Inn in the heart of this charming small city.
Day 4: Newburyport MA to Ogunquit, ME, 44 miles. This is a popular North Shore Cyclists ride with many miles along the ocean in southern New Hampshire. Take shuttle across river Road Conditions: The route follow Rt. 1A and 1B, with a wide shoulder. Be cautious on the bridge crossing from Seabrook to Hampton– cyclists have fallen on the metal grates. Keep an eye out for people crossing the road in the area around Hampton Beach. The section north of Hampton is especially nice. You can easily miss the one mile path along the section of road at Odiome Point. Scenic views of the ocean on Rt. 1B and a very historic section of Portsmouth as you enter town.
For this portion of today’s ride after crossing the bridge from Portland to Kittery. In general I have tried to avoid more congested coastal road by following inland streets. There are multiple lodging choices in the coastal area. You may wish to continue to Wells which is a few miles north of Ogunquit.
Day 5: Ogunquit ME to Portland ME, 53 miles The ride from Ogunquit follows a coastal route and passes near the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge at mile 12. There are several miles on the Portland Greenbelt bikeway before crossing Casco Bay into Portland There are multiple hotels at the destination which is near the corner of Commercial and Franklin Streets in Portland.
Road conditions: Many wide roads with shoulders but also with significant traffic in the larger towns.
Day 6: Portland ME to Damariscotta ME, 57 miles The route today generally follows local roads, crossing Rt. 1 at various points. This is a coastal route, but with few glimpses of the ocean. The route transverses several peninsulas and bays, but following roads along the peninsula coastal towns would greatly increase the distance.
Road conditions: Shoulders where possible, a few sections of Rt. 1 with wide shoulders, and some local roads with no shoulders.
Towns along the way: Portland, Yarmouth, Freeport, Brunswick, Bath, Woolwich, Wiscasset, Newcastle and Damariscotta.
Day 7: Damariscotta ME to Rockland ME, 38 / 46 miles Today’s ride starts in downtown Damariscotta. We avoid Rt. 1 by crossing the Pemaquid Peninsula to Waldoboro, then cross the Friendship peninsula to Thomaston. The last leg crosses the Owl’s Head Peninsula to Rockland. The ride ends at the Ferry Terminal, 517 Main Street in Rockland Maine. Road conditions: The local roads in this section of Maine rarely have paved shoulders, but traffic is relatively light. Where possible I avoid the primary roads on the peninsulas, using roads that cut across. Be watchful of trucks, especially logging trucks. Rt. 1 options: Newcastle to Thomaston has paved shoulders. The stretch from Thomaston to Rockland is not in good condition.
Towns along the way: Newcastle, Damariscotta, Waldoboro, Thomaston, Rockland
Scenic Options: Just before reaching Rockland the route loops out to the Owls Head State Park and Lighthouse for a total of 45 miles. You can skip the lighthouse by taking Rt. 73 from S. Thomaston directly into Rockland, for a total of 37 miles.
Start: Cutler Elementary School, Asbury St., South Hamilton, MA map to start
Description: Enjoy some of the nicest cycling in our area. Generally quiet, scenic country roads in Hamilton, Topsfield, Ipswich, Georgetown and Boxford. Long ride adds Newbury and Newburyport. Generally flat to rolling, with a few small hills. Ride created by Arnold Nadler.
Description: From beautiful Newburyport, we’ll wind through some lovely back roads into Southern New Hampshire. Both rides will follow stretches of quiet roads along the Merrimack River with the longer ride heading as far north as Exeter, where you can stop for lunch. Terrain: Mostly gentle rolling, no real challenging hills.
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Directions: From I-95, Exit 57 for Rte 113 E. Go 2 miles and take a left onto Kent Street. Parking lot is 2 blocks on right. From Rte 1, go onto Merrimac Street (at the Newburyport end of the bridge over the Merrrimack). Go 1/4 mile west towards Amesbury. Take a left at the gas station, and lot is 1 block on left.
What to expect: The ride heads out on the High St. bike lanes and passes through Maudslay State Park. We swing down through the wooded roads in the Byfield and West Newbury area, then cross the Merrimack River and ride along the river to Amesbury. The long route continues north, passing through Exeter. Lots of rural countryside, a couple of charming New England towns, and beautiful views of the broad Merrimack River. The return includes a few miles on the Old Eastern Marsh Trail in Salisbury.