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.

Terrain

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.

Traffic

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.

Access

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.

Side Trip

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.

 

More Details

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.

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start at East Goshen Park, follow TWP Park across Paoli Pike.
  • 0.1 Straight on Hibberd Ln. This is a very suburban area.
  • 0.7 Continue on Clock Tower Dr.
  • 1.2 Right on Peach Tree Dr at the T-intersection.
  • 1.5 Left on Towne Dr.
  • 2.1 Right on Line/Township Line.
  • 2.7 Right on Dutton Mill Rd.
  • 3.1 Right on Manley Rd.
  • 4.6 Left on Ponds Edge Rd.
  • 5.0 Follow the curve in the road.
  • 5.4 Left on Walnut Hill Rd.
  • 6.6 Right on Street Rd, but just for a minute. Be careful here!
  • 6.8 Left on Cheyney Rd.
  • 7.5 Right on Creek Rd.
  • 7.8 Continue on Westtown Rd for a bit here.
  • 10.43 Right on Westtown Way.
  • 11.1 Hard right on Walnut Hill Rd.
  • 11.2 Quick left on Manley Rd. Stay on Manley for close to two miles.
  • 13.2 Left on Dutton Mill Rd.
  • 13.9 Bear left on Line/Township Line.
  • 14.4 Right on Chowning Dr.
  • 14.8 Left on Dutton Mill Rd.
  • 15.0 Left on Sugartown Rd.
  • 15.5 Quick right on Spring Rd. Pedal here for two miles; it will become Jaffrey Rd.
  • 17.6 Left on Grubb Rd – another two mile stretch.
  • 19.6 Left on East King Rd. You’ll ride through downtown Malvern – and pass a Septa station if pooped out.
  • 20.3 Left on Warren Ave (Septa on right).
  • 20.4 Right on Monument Ave. Marie’s café is on the corner.
  • 21.9 Continue on Willow Pond Rd.
  • 22.1 Continue on Line/Township Line.
  • 22.9 Right on Warrior Rd.
  • 23.2 Left on Taylor Ave.
  • 23.7 Right on Paoli Pike.
  • 24.2 Right into East Goshen Park – Done!
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    38.908 km / 24.176 mi

    Total Distance

    628 m / 2,059 ft

    Total Ascent

    628 m / 2,059 ft

    Total Descent

    181 m / 595 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: 2-4 hrs
    Fitness Level: High
    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
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 24.2
    Elevation Gain: 637
    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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