Hills, forests and lakefront vistas abound to offer a challenging day of riding the Great Lakes to Greenbelt. Travel through Clarington’s beautiful countryside including visits to 5 hamlets, a historic mill, a renowned bakery, craft brewery, and a famous local dairy.
This tour takes you through the pastoral green hills and drumlins of Durham, and along the bright water of the north shore of Lake Ontario.
Showcasing our small towns and hamlets and the importance of agriculture in our communities. We had fresh muffins from the Butter Cup Hollow in Orono, famous mini sugar donuts from the 1846 Mill in Tyrone, farm fresh chocolate milk from Sargents Family Dairy Farm and ice cream from the Hampton General Store.
If I had to pick my favorite stop it would be the warm fresh donut and delicious cider. Although the muffin, ice cream, and chocolate milk were all worth the trip. Great route!
Terrain: Hills and elevation changes make for some beautiful views along the way. While some of the hills are challenging, most of the route is paved on peaceful country roads with very little traffic.
Surface: Combination of paths and roads. Paved and some gravel roads. Suitable for hybrid bikes and road bikes fitted with wider tires.
Be mindful of country roads along the route. Surface conditions and quality often vary. Watch where you’re riding and use caution when coming down hills quickly.
Signage: This fully signed route follows sections of the Greenbelt Route, Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, and two of its signed connector routes. For examples of the signage you’ll be following, see the gallery below.
Level: Recommended for more experienced cyclists.
Accommodations: Several options in downtown Bowmanville are close to the recommended start. Best Western Plus Bowmanville, 160 Liberty Street S, Bowmanville, Ontario L1C 2W4
Maps: Download RidewithGPS Map and Cue Sheet. The interactive map and detailed cue sheets include a picture of signs you’ll follow.
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Starting at Chronicle Brewing, you’ll cycle plenty of off-road Waterfront Trail towards Newcastle, taking in some wonderful Lake Ontario views on the way.
Continue north along a signed cycling connector to historic Downtown Orono and a small selection of cafes including the fantastic Buttercup Hollow Pantry.
As you turn onto Concession Rd 8 and the Greenbelt Route portion of the ride, you’ll pass Tyrone Mill, where you can stop to grab cider, coffee, or one of their famous fresh cider donuts. Take the highly recommended optional spur north at Old Scugog Rd to Sargent Family Dairy for some delicious fresh local chocolate milk, before returning south.
Entering Hampton, you’ll pass the Hampton General Store where you can grab snacks including local butter tarts and ice cream to enjoy at the nearby Conservation Area. Heading south, you’ll enter urban Bowmanville where you’ll complete your ride following the beautiful Bowmanville Creek trail and back to Chronicle Brewing Company.