Chestnut Hill Loop

CYCLE PHILADELPHIA, ROAD RIDE, CHESTNUT HILL LOOP This is a fun, meandering bike ride through Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy. There are a lot of shady green trees, and many of the streets are well paved and extra wide. The loop has a few turns that double back, a couple of steep hills, and one very enjoyable downhill. The bike ride starts conveniently at the Allens Lane train station. You’ll start off exploring a little bit of Mount Airy before making your way into Chestnut Hill. You’ll travel to and fro on some of the same roads, including McCallum Street, Mermaid Lane, and Willow Grove Avenue. Traffic will be easy for the most part, but a few streets, including Cresheim Valley Drive and Willow Grove Avenue, will have heavy car traffic. Please be careful around a few tricky intersections, including Lincoln Drive, Germantown Avenue, and Bells Mill Road. And some fun: Germantown Avenue is cobblestones! The bend in Cherokee before it becomes West Harwell Lane is blind. There’s a downhill here, so enjoy it and get your speed up but be sure to stay to the right. After the turn you’ll be greeted by a very stately site – the back of the Philadelphia Cricket Club, founded in 1854. If you tire early, you can hitch a ride back to the city at the St. Martins train station, which is just ahead. Soon, you’ll be in the heart of Chestnut Hill. The roads are much quieter here, and the lack of cars, surprise hills and strange curves make for great bike riding. This is not a bike ride about getting somewhere fast; it’s a bike ride about wandering through a lovely neighborhood just to see what’s around the corner. So take your time and enjoy yourself. FOOD AND DRINK Weaver’s Way Coop is the place to be! It’s on Carpenters Lane in Mount Airy. Of course, there are also many spots on Germantown Avenue for a snack. ACCESS Take the train to the Chestnut Hill West line to Allens Lane – the ride starts here on the corner of Nippon and West Allens Lane. Easy peasy.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: Medium
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Estimated Distance (Kms): 21.88
First Aid
Bike hire facilities
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle / uber
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