Cycle Philadelphia, Sightseeing & Road Ride, Ockehocking Hills
This is a great bike ride to test your endurance and get your heart pumping. You’ll cycle all over scenic Delaware County, and, in one of the most beautiful bike rides, take in sweeping views of horse country at every turn. There is also the option to shorten the ride if you just want a taste.
Welcome to the hilliest ride in Where to Bike: Philadelphia! This one’s beaut; all on road and one up and down after another.
Traffic out here is fairly light, though you’ll have to deal with a couple of big intersections (especially around Route 3 and 252).
The ride log starts at Church of our Savior in Wayne, located at 651 N Wayne Avenue. There’s a huge parking lot here, so driving is a good bet. The train is also an option – the Paoli/Thorndale Septa line will drop you a few blocks away at Wayne station.
Food and Drink
Wayne is full of places to have a bite before or after your trip, but stops along the route itself are few and far between.
You’ll pass the Okehocking Preserve, on West Chester Pike, about half way through this ride. It is a 180 acre open-space reserve; the perfect place to stop to stretch your legs and have a summer picnic.
The bike ride begins in Wayne, very near to the downtown district along Lancaster Avenue. There are oodles of restaurants here to grab a bite before or after your trip, and lots of lovely shops too. If you take the train here, head up North Wayne Avenue from Lancaster Avenue to navigate your way to the starting point. For the first few miles, you’ll be bike riding along streets that are shady and curvy. A few have very tight shoulders, including Upper Gulph Road and West Valley Road.
These roads will take you out to rather quiet residential streets like Bodine, Cypress, and Greene. Around mile eight, you’ll cross Lancaster Avenue and pass the Daylesford train station in the event of pooped-out-I-want-to-go-home syndrome. If you are still trucking, you’ll soon pass Historic Waynesboro, and then, to your great pleasure, you will be in the heart of horse country. Warren Avenue, Providence Road, and Sugartown Road provide you with long stretches of rolling hills and drop dead gorgeous scenery. If you wish to cut the bike ride short, simply make at left on Providence Road, rather than a right, at mile 12.7. Then pick up the ride by making a left on Barr Road off of Providence.
You’ll eliminate the bottom 10 mile loop and still have a nice 22 mile ride on your hands. If you’re down for the full 32 miles, you’ll pass the Okehocking Preserve at the corner of Delchester Road and Route 3/West Chester Pike. Be sure to use caution at this intersection! As you continue along Delchester, you’ll bike ride adjacent to Ridley Creek State Park. Hop on over to add a few additional miles. Soon you’ll begin to head back towards Wayne on very similar roads – hilly, shady, and with horses. Lovely.
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