Cycle Philadelphia, Road Ride, West Chester Single Scoop

The West Chester Single Scoop bike ride starts in downtown West Chester and brings you through some of the surrounding suburbs. The roads are beautiful, and once you leave West Chester the traffic is generally mild. You are also certain to see plenty of other cyclists along the way.

Terrain

The single scoop is mostly rolling hills with one good ascent around mile 12. The ride is all on-road.

Traffic

Traffic will be a bit heavier as you ride through the center of West Chester, but much quieter once you leave town. Cars move pretty fast on these roads though – be sure to have a lot of reflective gear at the ready.

Access

If driving, head west on Route 202 from Philadelphia – the Single Scoop and Double Scoop have some of the furthest start points from the city. Buses 92, 104, and 306 will bring you to West Chester.

Food and Drink

Most of the food and drink options for this ride are in downtown West Chester, though there are one or two outposts along the way. Be sure to save some room for ice cream at West Chester Scoops!

Side Trip

Check out The Note in West Chester. It’s a small music and comedy venue that occasionally has some decent acts come through, including concerts hosted by WXPN.

 

More Details

You’ll start off on Darlington Street by West Chester Scoops and take Gay and New streets out of the center of town. There are plenty of cyclists in this area, but the streets are narrow and not all of the stops are four-way (many a time has a driver with the right of way honked at me in West Chester!). Take your time leaving the center of town.

Soon enough you’ll find yourself on the residential roads of Sconnelltown, Barnhill, and St. Finnegan. These roads are very quiet, and they sneak up on you quickly. Be sure to keep an eye out for the next turn as you bike ride through this neighborhood. The bike ride picks up speed on Creek Road, becoming more scenic as well. Creek Road is an excellent road for bicycles, you’re sure to enjoy it! Next comes the intersection around Bridge Road/ Route 842, which can be confusing the first time. Be sure to follow the signs closely, and you’ll be on your way towards Wawaset.

You’ll continue along these beautiful, rural roads for the next few miles. The terrain will be quite varied here. Expansive landscapes with red barns, horses and green pastures provide an idyllic picture postcard backdrop. The two miles on Lucky Hill Road is very enjoyable, and you’ll be able to relax for a bit on your bike without having to worry about the next turn coming your way! After Miner, the turn for Price Street sneaks up. Take note: It’s a very hard right, the sign is small. If you miss Price, you’ll cross Bradford Avenue. Price will bring you back into West Chester (again, use caution while heading into town). You’ll arrive back at WC Scoops on Darlington Road ready for a scoop! 

 

Ride Log

  • 0.0 Start at West Chester Scoops, Gay St is just ahead.
  • 0.1 Left on Gay St.
  • 0.2 Left on New St.
  • 0.8 Right on Miner St.
  • 1.0 Left on Sconnelltown Rd.
  • 2.0 Left on Birmingham Rd.
  • 2.2 Right on Marlin Dr.
  • 2.8 Left on Barn Hill Rd.
  • 3.0 Left on Muirfield Dr.
  • 3.2 Right on St. Finegan Dr.
  • 3.7 Right on S Creek Rd.
  • 4.3 Left on Rt 842 (Bridge Rd).
  • 4.7 Left on N Wawaset Rd.
  • 6.1 Left on Camp Linden Rd.
  • 6.7 Left on Northbrook Rd.
  • 7.0 Right on Broad Run Rd.
  • 8.0 Right on Clayton Rd.
  • 9.1 Straight on Strasburg Rd.
  • 9.6 Right on Lucky Hill Rd.
  • 11.8 Left on Allerton Rd, then straight on Miner St (Rte 842).
  • 13.3 Right on Price St.
  • 14.0 Left on Darlington Rd.
  • 14.4 Back at WC Scoops!
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    23.203 km / 14.418 mi

    Total Distance

    350 m / 1,150 ft

    Total Ascent

    349 m / 1,144 ft

    Total Descent

    141 m / 463 ft

    Highest Point

    Ride type:
    Sightseeing
    Mountain biking
    Road riding
    Commuter
    Kid friendly
    Rail Trail
    Difficulty: Intermediate (Red)
    Ride Duration: <1 hr
    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: Good
    Mobile Coverage: Excellent
    Estimated Distance: 14.4
    Elevation Gain: 521
    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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