Ipswich River Ramble Ride

Ipswich, Massachusetts

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Ipswich ranks as one of the most beautiful towns in the state, both architecturally and geographically. Beyond the center of town is an unspoiled mixture of wooded hills; broad, gently rolling horse farms and gracious country estates; vast salt marshes stretching to the horizon; the Great Neck peninsula rising steeply from the bay; and magnificent 4-mile-long Crane Beach, New England’s finest beach north of Cape Cod. The Ipswich River Ramble is an enjoyable flat route with a few short hills along the route. The beach and the Castle Hill estate are owned by the Trustees of Reservations. From Crane Beach you’ll return to the center of town and then head through an endless expanse of salt marshes to the Great Neck peninsula, just north of Crane Beach. Rising steeply from the bay as a succession of four round drumlins, the peninsula is bordered by salt marshes on the west, the broad Plum Island Sound on the north, the southern tip of Plum Island on the east, and Crane Beach on the south.
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Road Biking Massachusetts

by Tom Catalini (Falcon Guides)

Ipswich ranks as one of the most beautiful towns in the state, both architecturally and geographically. Beyond the center of town is an unspoiled mixture of wooded hills; broad, gently rolling horse farms and gracious country estates; vast salt marshes stretching to the horizon; the Great Neck peninsula rising steeply from the bay; and magnificent 4-mile-long Crane Beach, New England’s finest beach north of Cape Cod. The Ipswich River Ramble is an enjoyable flat route with a few short hills along the route.

The beach and the Castle Hill estate are owned by the Trustees of Reservations. From Crane Beach you’ll return to the center of town and then head through an endless expanse of salt marshes to the Great Neck peninsula, just north of Crane
Beach. Rising steeply from the bay as a succession of four round drumlins, the peninsula is bordered by salt marshes on the west, the broad Plum Island Sound on the north, the southern tip of Plum Island on the east, and Crane Beach on the south.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Ipswich
Distance: 20.4
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy
Riding Time: 1.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 50 feet
Top Elevation: 150 feet
Local Contacts: North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Driving Directions: Directions to Ipswich River Ramble Ride

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5/23/2010
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As a beginner rider (1st time in over 10 years) but in fairly good condition (a runner) this was challenging but doable ( I did walk up the very last hill). If you just want to ride, skip the loop to Crane's beach until you want to explore the dunes on foot (no biking here ad it costs $2.00). Next time, I would head right to little/great neck: BEAUTIFUL!!! I was hoping for more back/country roads. Many of these roads were moderatly busy. will try a rail-trail next!



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