Cycle Philadelphia, Sightseeing & Road Ride, The Doylestown Ride

The bike ride starts at the Doylestown train station. Check out this bike ride if you’ve never been up this way; Doylestown and the surrounding area of Bucks County is simply stunning. Your train ride to Doylestown will take about an hour from Center City. After you hop off, grab a snack at the station café, stretch out your legs and get ready! This is an awesome 20 mile loop. The ride begins in the center of Doylestown. On your way out of town you’ll bike ride through residential streets lined with historic brick buildings.

West Court Street and Almshouse Road will be slightly busier than others, but soon you’ll be bike riding along the kind of quiet, gorgeous roads that cyclists dream of. Plus you get to bike ride through the red covered bridge on Old Iron Hill Road. One highlight of this trip is Peace Valley Park. You’ll reach the entrance around mile five, and enjoy a long loop around Lake Galena before popping back out on the road and cycling through some of the more rural areas of Bucks County. The next few miles of the bike ride has a lot of ups and downs – a few steep climbs, and some long rolling hills.

You’ll pedal past horses, farmland, and wide open spaces that will make you feel like you could turn those wheels for days and days! As you make your way back to the center of Doylestown, you may find some of the roads aren’t as well marked as is preferable. If you hit Main Street, you are in the clear (it might not be as desirable riding as some of the other side streets, due to its traffic, but the train station is nearby). Once you find Bridge Street, you’ll be back at the station, and no doubt ready for another snack and a stretch!

Terrain

This is one hilly ride.You’ll be primarily on road, save for a couple of miles through Peace Valley Park. There are lots of good shoulders around here – you’ll have plenty of room to crank up your speed and race the cars.

Traffic

While a few of these streets are very quiet, most will have traffic. Some streets, including Court Street and Main Street, have quite a bit of traffic. Stay cool!

Access

Take the Septa Doylestown line to, you guessed it, Doylestown! The train ride is about an hour from Center City Philadelphia. There is also ample parking at the station.

Food and Drink

The bustling center of Doylestown has a number of excellent restaurants and quick places to stop for something to eat. Once on the road though, options are fewer and farther between. Be sure to pack a snack for extra energy on those hills.

Side Trip

Visit the James A. Michener Art Museum, which has permanent collections of Bucks County art as well as unique rotating exhibits. You can learn about Bucks County writers, composers, artists, actors and designers in their massive database.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Coming out of the parking lot, make a left on Clinton St.
  • 0.1 Left on Oakland Ave.
  • 0.4 Right on Lafayette St.
  • 0.5 Left on W Court St. This is a busier road! It becomes Lower State Rd.
  • 2.3 Lower State Rd becomes Almshouse Rd.
  • 4.0 Right on the very small Sioux Rd.
  • 4.1 Quick left on Keeley Ave. This becomes Old Iron Hill Rd. Pedal through the beautiful Pine Run covered bridge.
  • 5.3 Left on Creek Rd, which runs along the edge of Peace Valley Park.
  • 5.9 Right on Callowhill Rd.
  • 6.4 Right on New Galena Rd. Bike through Peace Valley Park.
  • 8.2 Exit Peace Valley, make a right to stay on New Galena Rd.
  • 10.0 Right at the T-intersection to pick up W Swamp Rd.
  • 10.1 Quick Left on Curly Hill Rd.
  • 11.8 Cross Old York Rd. Use caution.
  • 12.0 Cross Old Easton Rd, remain on Curly Hill Rd.
  • 12.8 Right on Valley Park Rd.
  • 14.2 Right on Point Pleasant Pike.
  • 15.4 Left on Old Easton Rd.
  • 17.5 Left at the light on W Swamp Rd.
  • 17.7 Right on North St.
  • 18.1 Left on East St.
  • 18.5 Right on E Court St.
  • 18.8 Left on N Church St.
  • 19.0 Right on E State St.
  • 19.3 Left on S Main St. You’ll be riding through the center of Dolyestown here.
  • 19.5 Right on Bridge St.
  • 19.6 Arrive at the Doylestown train station.
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    31.094 km / 19.321 mi

    Total Distance

    476 m / 1,561 ft

    Total Ascent

    477 m / 1,564 ft

    Total Descent

    167 m / 549 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Fitness Level: Medium
    Terrain:
    Shared Bike Path - Paved
    Shared Bike Path - Dirt
    On-Road Bike Lane
    On-Road
    Off-Road - Fire Trail
    Off-Road - Rail Trail
    Off-Road - Single Track
    Off-Road - Downhill
    Trail Signage: Average
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 19.6
    Elevation Gain: 597
    Services:
    Water
    Food
    First Aid
    Toilets
    Bike hire facilities
    Carparking
    Bike servicing
    Accessible by bike
    Accessible by car
    Accessible by public transport
    Accessible by shuttle / uber
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