It’s bakeries or bust on this fully-signed 169-194km self-guided tour where you’ll experience some of the best highs and lows of the Greenbelt Route and the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail.
This recommended 2-day tour takes you through the pastoral green hills and drumlins of Durham and Northumberland and along the bright water of the north shore of Lake Ontario. You’ll visit 4 locally famous (read: “don’t-miss”) farmer’s markets and bakeries, scenic overlooks, beaches and historic locales, including a still-operating historic mill and blacksmith.
“The route could never be described as flat, and that’s part of its appeal! There are hills aplenty but obviously what goes up must come down!”
Check Jo’s blog post “Doing the Highland Hustle”
Day 1- Whitby Waterfront to Cobourg along the Greenbelt Route contains some challenging hill riding, justifying any baked goods and ice cream you may just happen to eat along the way.
Day 2 -Cobourg to Whitby is more of a cruise along roads and off-road trails.
Make sure you are stocked up on necessities.
Tip: To shorten each day’s ride, consider a stay in Port Hope.
Start/Finish: Port Whitby Rotary Park. 48 hour overnight parking available at the Whitby GO Station,1350 Brock St S, Whitby, ON L1N 6G3. There is a signed connection from the GO Station to the Waterfront Trail.
Terrain: Rolling hills throughout the Greenbelt. Flat day’s ride on Day 2 along the Waterfront Trail.
Surface: Combination of paths and roads. Paved and some gravel roads. Suitable for hybrid bikes and road bikes fitted with wider tires.
Level: Recommended for more experienced cyclists who are comfortable riding longer distances with periodic amenities.
Accommodations: Hotel Carlyle & Restaurant, 86 John St, Port Hope, ON L1A 2Z2 OR Best Western Plus Cobourg Inn & Convention Centre, 930 Burnham St, Cobourg, ON K9A 2X9
Maps: Download RidewithGPS Map and Cue Sheet. The interactive map and detailed cue sheets include a picture of signs you’ll follow.
Share your trips with the #greenbeltroute and #waterfronttrail hashtags.