Cycle Philadelphia, Road Ride, East Goshen Loop
This is a lovely bike ride around West Chester. You will start in East Goshen Park making your way out of the suburbs and on towards the rolling hills of Westtown. On the way home, the bike ride will bring you through the heart of Malvern, a little town with a few lunch options. This loop is a great introduction to the area if you’ve never cycled here before.
Grab some extra water – this ride takes you through a pretty hilly area of West Chester. Not too many extreme spikes, but definitely a lot of ups and downs and long, rolling hills.
As with many suburban rides, these roads will not have as much traffic as those in the city, but I sometimes find the cars to be way bigger and moving a heck of a lot faster.
East Goshen Park is located off Paoli Pike in West Chester, and it has a big parking lot. Driving is probably your best bet, though Regional Rail will take you to the Malvern train station, located at mile 19.6 in the log.
Food and Drink
There are a couple of small cafés in Malvern, including Marie’s coffee shop and Catalina’s. You’ll also pass a convenience store or gas station every few miles if you find yourself low on water or peanut butter crackers.
Check out Pete’s Produce, a big ‘ol farmstand near Cheyney University. Pete’s sells tons of local fruits and vegetables in season, plus yummy baked goods for the road.
This ride begins at East Goshen Park, a big open space with a long walking loop and a ton of adorable dogs. You’ll bike ride out through the suburbs into a more rural area of West Chester. There are some funky streets here – not every stretch will be as perfectly paved as you might like – but for the most part you’ll find these to be excellent roads for cycling. You’re likely to especially enjoy Creek , Westtown , and Manley roads.
There are two loops to this bike ride; one above West Chester Pike and one below. The first loop takes you through East Goshen and Malvern. The second loop winds through Westtown and Cheney. They are connected by Manley and Dutton Hill Road, and you’ll have to cross both Street Road and West Chester Pike to get to the second loop – be sure to use caution at these busy intersections.
If you’re looking for a shorter ride, then you can follow the first loop across Line Road for a 12 mile trek that will take you through Malvern. This might be a nice option for a short afternoon spin if you are taking the train from Center City – the ride passes the Malvern train station at mile 20.
38.908 km / 24.176 mi
628 m / 2,059 ft
628 m / 2,059 ft
181 m / 595 ft