Salt Marsh Ride (Sunday March 18, 2012)

Mar 18 2012 10:00 am

Gordon Harris for North Shore CyclistsRide Host: Gordon Harris (978) 979-6598

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.

Time Sunday, March 18, 10:00 AM for short (27), medium (40) long (47) or extra-long (54) with other additional rides

What to expect: 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 Great Salt marshat 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. 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.

After Plum Island, the long version (marked in green on the map) goes through Newburyport to the Artichoke Reservoirs for an extra 7 miles before rejoining the short and medium routes. An extra-long option (not shown on the downloadable map) continues on Middle Rd. then loops back on Bachelor and Moulton Streets past another beautiful reservoir. All routes return along wooded local roads to Rowley on the way back to Ipswich. Note: Be careful of potholes on Linebrook Road and Mile lane at the beginning and end of the ride. The route is marked with a yellow circle and arrow, refreshed recently.

North Shore Cyclists Salt Marsh Tour map

Please download cue sheets and maps below

Only a limited number of handouts will be available.

short cue sheet, 27 miles

medium cue sheet, 40 miles

long cue sheet, 47 miles (includes directions for Crane Beach extra loop for 59 miles)

Extra long cue sheet, 54 miles

Route map (The route map displays all distance options)


View interactive maps and download GPX files for

Garmin Edge cycling computers:

Short route on RideWithGPS

Medium route on RideWithGPS

Long route on RideWithGPS

Extra - long  route on RideWithGPX

Other rides from the Hammatt St. Parking lot

*These rides have not been re-arrowed

10 mile loop on Jeffreys Neck Rd. to Little Neck and Great Neck

11 mile loop to Crane Beach and a loop around Crane Castle

21 mile combined Crane Beach and Jeffreys Neck loops

Ride developed by Gordon Harris


The Salt Marsh Long Route (47 miles) is shown below: