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 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. 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.
Please download cue sheets and maps below
Only a limited number of handouts will be available.