Chestnut Hill to Bryn Athyn

CYCLE PHILADELPHIA, ROAD RIDE, CHESTNUT HILL TO BRYN ATHYN Bike ride from Chestnut Hill to Jenkintown, on towards Bryn Athyn and Huntington Valley, then back in a long, luxurious loop. While there will be some busy intersections to navigate, the route is chock full of wide residential roads, rest stops, and poop-out train stations. Be ready for the steady incline waiting for you in miles 16 through 20. The last two miles are a fun and fast downhill. You’ll see a lot of different suburbs on this loop. Starting in Chestnut Hill, you’ll make your way towards Flourtown, Oreland, and Glenside. You’ll go through Jenkintown on your way out to Bryn Athyn, loop around Fox Chase, then head back to Chestnut Hill via Wyncote, Cheltenham, and Wyndmoor. The Bryn Athyn Cathedral, built between 1913 and 1928 by members of the New Church, peeks through the trees on Alnwick Road before it comes into full view. It has amazing stained glass windows and, according to its history, not a single right angle or straight line. The Bryn Athyn Historic District was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2008 – there are daily tours if interested. On your return, you’ll pass Fox Chase Farm before eventually reaching Jenkintown (mile 19.7), another town where you might want to stop for a bite or a stroll. You’ll cycle down West Avenue, home to many shops and cafés. If you wish to increase the length of the ride, add on Boathouse Row to Bruno’s or Jenkintown Train Station Loop. You will also cross the entrances to Forbidden Drive in Chestnut Hill and Pennypack Park in Fox Chase – two wooded, gravel packed bikeways that make for shaded picnic stops. FOOD AND DRINK Bruno’s – an obvious and excellent choice – is at the start of the ride. You’ll pass pockets of rest stops and snack shops every few miles, including a Whole Foods around mile seven and a bunch of cafés in the heart of Jenkintown at mile 19. ACCESS Parking is located at the Forbidden Drive trailhead on Northwestern Avenue.
Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Kid friendly
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
Fitness Level: High
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
Trail Signage: Average
Estimated Distance (Kms): 44.25
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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