Oak Ridges to Lake Loop

A multi-day itinerary featuring scenic cycling, unique attractions and taste of place culinary experiences.

About the Route

Moderate to Advanced | Unsigned | Paved and Unpaved Roads, Unpaved Trail

Day 1 Hampton / Darlington Sports Centre to Peterborough
The route heads north out of the village of Hampton into the southern portions of the Oak Ridges Moraine, a unique ecological landscape that is rich in biodiversity, and offers plenty of quiet, well-paved roads. Cyclists will quickly appreciate the charm of the region, passing over numerous drumlins with farm fields, healthy forests, meadows, as well as lakes and waterways that stretch off to the horizon. The first portion of this route features rural riding between Durham Region and the city of Peterborough with views across the Oak Ridges Moraine both south and north. With its many trails, restaurants, attractions and entertainment options, Peterborough & the Kawarthas is a must-visit destination.

Day 2 Peterborough to Port Hope
From Peterborough & the Kawarthas enjoy the easy country cruising south into Northumberland County along a curated route dotted with local bakeries, cafes and unique attractions and experiences along the way. The second day of riding brings cyclists from atop the Oak Ridges Moraine down to the shores of Lake Ontario and the historic town of Port Hope.

Day 3 Port Hope to Hampton / Darlington Sports Centre
The third day of riding takes cyclists west along the shore of Lake Ontario before traversing north through quaint villages and climbing back up the moraine; finishing off in the rolling hills that are distinct to Clarington back in Durham Region.


Jump on your bike and come explore the Greenbelt's beautiful, protected countryside. Choose from a selection of curated local cycling itineraries along the signed 475 km Greenbelt Route and explore Ontario's protected Greenbelt.
  Cycling Itineraries

Tourism Info

This route is suitable for cyclists with experience and comfort in riding on roads with vehicle traffic and incorporates roads with low-traffic and low-speeds, bike lanes and paved shoulders whenever possible. Exercise caution as conditions warrant, take spare bicycle parts, extra water, and other refreshments as needed and ride safe. The itinerary provides general distances and suggests towns where accommodations can be found, we encourage you to select your own preferred points of interest on our curated, interactive map. We encourage you to take the time to explore, shop, taste the wines and local foods, and learn about the history of Ontario's protected Greenbelt.

Tourism Partners

Waterfront Regeneration Trust Ontario Cuilinary Tourism Alliance Transportation Options