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.
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.
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