Being an avid cyclist and living in the GTA has its challenges. The greatest being the time it takes to leave the city and find those wide-open back roads – free of stoplights and stressful vehicle traffic.
One easy solution is to go east to Cobourg, which is at the epicentre of a wide variety of routes, ideal for both enthusiasts and more recreational riders.
There are many kilometers of mostly flat bicycle-friendly roads along Lake Ontario. One favourite is a trip west through Port Hope and along the scenic Lakeshore Road.
Another option is to follow The Apple Route east to Brighton, where the mid point should be a swim off the exquisite beaches of Presqu’ile Provincial Park.
For those wanting hills, there is no shortage of challenging terrain north to Rice Lake, where a lunch in Bewdley is an ideal day’s outing.
You needn’t take your car to access this ideal cycling country. A VIA train leaves Guildwood every Friday afternoon, which lets you relax during the 55 minute journey past rush hour traffic.
As far as overnight accommodations, only blocks from the Cobourg station, is the lovely Woodlawn Inn. It serves a hearty breakfast to fuel up for your ride. Another option is the King George Inn, which offers a spa to help soothe sore muscles.
Gear-up for cycling fun in the land of 1000 perfect getaways – Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland. After only one visit, we’re sure that “Our Favourite Place” will become your favourite place.