Epping, NH, Gravel Ride

Saturday, July 20, 2024 at 10am
Gravel ride

An autumn ride along gravel roads and rail trails around Epping, NH.  Includes one short section of trail that is
Category 2

Dirt/gravel roads, wide single-track, or dual-track trails with potholes, washboard, and occasional loose surfaces. Larger tires size and lower pressure is recommended.  
Ideal bike: Endurance, all-road, or gravel 
Tire size:  32-35mm  
See Types of Gravel Rides


North to Great Bay from Exeter

Sunday, July 21, 2024 at 8am
Exeter Municipal Lot near Szechuan Taste (Google map)
Road ride

The long route gives the rider the best bang for the buck of the NSC Great Bay offerings. The beautiful 39 mile ride goes through picturesque Newfields,  around Great Bay, Newmarket, and the lively college town of Durham. Both of these routes go through the scenic farm country of southern New Hampshire. The terrain is rolling hills with old barns, scenic vistas, and lots of quiet roads. Both loops go by historic Kingston NH common.

Great Bay from Amesbury 2024

Sunday, July 21, 2024 at 8am
Road ride

The rides go through scenic areas of Amesbury, Merrimack, and southern New Hampshire. The terrain is rolling hills with river views, farms, scenic vistas, and lots of quiet roads. All the loops go by historic Kingston, NH common. The medium and long route go through picturesque Newfields with the long going around through Newmarket, by the lively college town of Durham and around Great Bay. 

Wednesday Morning Lunch Ride

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

Starting in Topsfield this week, we'll roll west through Harold Parker State Forest and then north into Andover before starting our return back through Harold Parker State Forest and through Boxford.  

40 Rock

Friday, July 26, 2024 at 9am
Gravel ride

This is a flat gravel ride on the Rockingham Rail Trail from Newfields, NH to Candia.  We'll follow the Fremont Branch of the trail to the Fremont Library and ride Rte 107 to Raymond.  We'll hop back on the trail and head to Candia where we find our one and only hill. Then we loop around Onway Lake and return to Raymond where there are stores and restrooms.  We'll return to the start via the Rockingham Branch, meandering between trail and road. 

Farm and Sea

Sunday, July 28, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

Easy, mostly flat riding with few hills on the short and medium routes through Danvers, Middleton, Boxford, Topsfield, Ipswich and Hamilton. Starts out on traveled roads but quickly becomes scenic and less busy. Stop at one of two farm stands for refreshments or see live wolves at Wolfs Hollow on Rte 133. The Long ride takes you out to Jeffreys Neck in Ipswich with bay views. The Long and Medium have option for an “out and back” to Crane Beach on Argilla Rd. 

Lost from the Tiki Bar

Saturday, August 3, 2024 at 12:30pm
Road ride

On August 3, North Shore Cyclists will be joining CRW for rides on some great backroads of northern MA and southern NH.  We start from the Nashoba Valley Ski area at 12:30pm for rides of 25, 32, 39, and 49 miles.  After the ride, we can swim in the pond and join fellow riders for drinks and food at the Tiki Bar.  If you plan to join us at the Tiki Bar, you need to email the NSC leader at RitaLongCramer@gmail.com to be included in the group reservation for this very popular bar.  Alternatively, you can make your own reservation.  


Lexington Loops

Sunday, August 4, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

This ride covers some new territory for NSC, using some of the scenic roads of the northwest suburbs of Lexington, Concord, Acton, Littleton, Westford and Carlisle.  There are lots of woodlands and farms as well as significant historic sites.  

NSC Gravel Tune Up

Saturday, August 10, 2024 at 10am
Gravel ride

27.7 miles (51% paved / 46% unpaved / 3% unspecified)

Fairly flat mixed terrain ride. Almost half of the unpaved portion is on the Topsfield rail trail.  Other segments include dirt road, wide double track, and lesser stretches of pasture trail and single track.  Some roots and loose rocks.  

Parking available at MASSDOT Park and Ride at Main and Park Sts. and along Main St.  

Rusty Can Gravel

Tuesday, August 13, 2024 at 10am
Gravel ride

A fairly easy ride with a fine selection of dirt and abandon roads, single track and rail trails. We ride the entire length of the Groveland Community trail that was completed last year. 


Back to the Saddles Again

Sunday, August 18, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

This is the annual Sunday re-ride of the Blazing Saddles Century. There is no ride support. The route file and cue sheet links are below. Cue sheets will be provided at the ride.

Scotty Dog Ride

Sunday, August 25, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

This Beverly-Ipswich loop travels quiet woodland and open roads near Cape Ann area, including North Beverly, Centerville, Essex, Ipswich, Wenham and Hamilton. Extra Long, long and medium rides go out to Jeffrey’s Neck loop from the town wharf in Ipswich.  Unfortunately, the hot dog stand that gave this ride its name is no longer operating but we'll keep the name in fond memory.

Quiet Roads North of Boston

Sunday, September 1, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

Mostly flat to rolling, shady roads. All rides go through Harold Parker State Forest. Short ride goes through Reading, Wilmington, N. Reading, Middleton, and Lynnfield. Medium ride adds N. Andover, Boxford, and Topsfield. Long ride adds Groveland, W. Newbury, and Georgetown. Rest Stops at Food Mart in West Newbury and Richdale in Middleton.

Ride start can be reached from the MBTA Reading or Wakefield Commuter Rail Stations.

Wednesday Morning Rotating Ride

Wednesday, September 4, 2024 at 9am
Exeter Municipal Lot near Szechuan Taste (Google map)
Road ride

The beautiful 39 mile ride goes through picturesque Newfields, around Great Bay, Newmarket, and the lively college town of Durham. The terrain is rolling hills with old barns, scenic vistas, and lots of quiet roads through the scenic farm country of southern New Hampshire. You will also see the historic Kingston NH common.  

Our regrouping spot will be at Hilton Park, just after mile 22.  Hilton Park has port-a-pots plus beautiful views of the Piscataqua River.

Lunch after the ride will be at the Sea Dog Brewing Company, an easy walk from the start.


Sunday, September 8, 2024 at 10am
Road ride

Ride through scenic farm country and stop at Applecrest Farm Orchards in Hampton Falls, NH.

Cape Ann from Ipswich

Sunday, September 15, 2024 at 10am
Road ride

Quiet local roads from Ipswich take us to Manchester by the Sea, continuing counter-clockwise for a very scenic tour of Cape Ann’s rocky coastline. All routes go through beautiful Magnolia bordering the ocean, and continue past Hammond Castle, a replication of an English medieval fortress. The short and medium routes turn back to Ipswich from Gloucester near the famous Man at the Wheel statue.The long and extra long go on to Rockport and back through Annisquam Village.

Northern Lighthouse Tour

Sunday, September 22, 2024 at 10am
Road ride

 The shoulder season is a perfect time to ride the coast of Maine! We start in Portsmouth, NH, just off I-95, and head up the coast to Nubble Light and Perkins Cove. You might assume the best part of the ride is along the coast, but many peope enjoy the inland return options, including the Piscataqua River, even more.

The short ride cuts inland at mile 10.6, shortly before York Harbor and Nubble Light, while the long ride continues up the coast past Nubble Light up to Ogonquit before turning inland through rolling terrain.  A new option is to follow the long route up to Nubble Lighthouse, then return down the coast to rejoin the short ride.

Both routes return through Eliot ME and then follow the Piscataqua River before recrossing the historic Memorial lift bridge back to Portsmouth.

Wednesday Morning Lunch Ride

Wednesday, September 25, 2024 at 9:30am
Road ride

This week we will tour the country roads, hills, and fall vistas around Groton, Pepperell, and Hollis, NH, before turning back south thru Tynsbourough to the starting point.  We'll cross the gentle Nashua River twice and several working farms. Fall foilage may be starting to show. 

This ride starts at 9:30 due to a slightly longer drive to the starting point on Westford Rd. 

North from Groveland - the picnic ride

Sunday, September 29, 2024 at 9am
Road ride

Come join your fellow club members for a ride from Groveland through the New Hampshire / Massachusetts borderlands, where NSC rides rarely venture.

All three rides are somewhat shorter than usual (albeit no less hilly, hello Corliss Hill!) to allow riders more time to return to Groveland for our fall picnic.

All routes begin at the Pines Recreation Area in Groveland, cross the mighty Merrimack, and head north together past the Whittier Homestead into NH. 

The 22 mile route continues through Newton NH before returning along Bear Hill Rd. to the Merrimack valley.

The 36 and 48 split from the short route around mile 8 to continue northwest through South Kingston and Danville. The 48 splits off again (around mi 15) to explore less-known roads further north with scenic views of ponds and woodlands.

The 36 and 48 reconnect 3/4 of the way through the ride to follow the pretty shorelines of Tuxbury Pond and Lake Attitash. 

All of the routes return along the north side of Merrimack River before recrossing the Bates bridge for our picnic back at the ride start in Groveland.

NH Northern Rail Trail

Saturday, October 5, 2024 at 10am
Gravel ride

Enjoy a scenic gravel ride on the Northern Rail Trail from Boscawen, NH. We will be starting from the Jamie Welch Park on Depot Road at 10am and head towards Danbury where we take a break at the Danbury Country Store on Route 4 before returning back to the park. It will be a total of about 58 miles of easy and flat riding. You can also cut it short by simply turning around at any point as there are no turns on this trail.