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The biking from Easy Rider Tours headquarters in Newburyport, Massachusetts is some of the best  in New England. A short loop ride takes in gently rolling back roads, classic 350-year-old  town greens, Colonial and Federal era architecture, pristine beaches and conservation lands, and unassumingly hip small towns!

Easy Rider’s six-day Coasting New England bike tour travels from Newburyport to Kennebunkport, Maine. While images of Kennebunkport are imprinted on the American consciousness thanks to the Bush family’s summer estate, our lovely hometown of Newburyport, MA, isn’t particularly well known outside of New England. With that in mind, we’d like to share a few of the highlights found along our favorite biking loops, all within 15 to 50 miles of Newburyport. All this and more can be seen on our guided and self-guided Coasting New England tours.

The Tannery, where our office is located, is home to a popular Sunday farmers market. Since moving to Newburyport 19 years ago, we’ve seen an explosion of interest in Community Sustainable Agriculture, public land conservation areas, kayaking, biking and birding (with numerous programs sponsored by the nearby Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center and Mass Audubon Visitors Center).

Newburyport Farmers Market
 
Farmers market bread

Essex County Greenbelt Association Reservation

Just across the street is the broad Merrimac River, which fueled the mills of  the industrial revolution. Three miles downstream is the Atlantic Ocean and Plum Island, a long barrier island of marshes and sand dunes. Plum Island is a major bird stopover on the East Coast Flyway, and draws many visitors during the warbler migration.


Outside of town we enter Newbury, MA where there are several colonial era mileposts; B indicates Boston 30 miles away. A few feet away is a modern road sign confirming this was the old road to Boston.  

old mile post


Up Hay Street, you'll find my favorite views across the salt marsh (flooded twice a day by the ocean tides), where marsh hay has been harvested for 350 years.

The Great Marsh
 


 

The Great Marsh

The Great Marsh is an irreplaceable ecosystem stretching from Cape Ann in Massachusetts up to the Gulf of Maine.

Cycling in Newbury, MA

Continuing up State Route 1A - a pleasant, flat road with a wide shoulder - you'll discover signs and a very old cemetery marking the location of the first European settlement in the area. Beautiful old estates line the street, also known as High Road.

Cycling in Newbury, MA
 
Landing place of the first settlers of Newbury
 
Newbury Estate

Biking south from Newburyport to Ipswich, MA, country roads lead past old farmsteads, horse farms, and stone walls half-buried in the hummocky woods. A favorite biking destination is the  early-1900s Crane Estate  and Crane Beach in Ipswich. Originally the summer “cottage” of a family famous for plumbing fixtures, its now open to the public. The short climb up to the mansion passes Italianate Gardens, the "Casino," and birds-eye views of the Ipswich River estuary and the ocean beyond. The mansion overlooks an undulating mile-long Grand Alee, perfect for a picnic.  Sweep down the hill to Crane Beach, a broad sandy beach at the end of Argilla road.

Crane Estate
 
Crane Estate Views

 

Horses in New England

 

Horse Farm

Another favorite ride from Newburyport is inland along the Merrimack River and north across the New Hampshire line. Exeter, NH, home to the Phillips Exeter Academy prep school, is a favorite destination on our 50-mile loop ride.  The town's lesser known claim to fame is that the very first state government was established here in 1776.

Exeter, New Hampshire

brick home

 New England Farmhouse

Flowers in New England

 We hope you enjoyed our virtual bike tour of the Newburyport, MA area. If you are interested in taking a self-guided, or guided New England bike tour, please visit our New England bike tours page

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