Oak Ridges to Lake Loop

Greenbelt Cycles

Oak Ridges to Lake Loop

Moderate to advanced | Unsigned | Paved roads, small sections of unpaved roads and trails.
The route connects the Greenbelt Route with other local and regional cycling routes offering a multi-day cycling itinerary that features some of the most scenic cycling, unique attractions and taste of place culinary experiences in the region.

Day 1 Hampton / Darlington Sports Centre to Peterborough – 69 km

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 1: Leg 1 of 2 Darlington Sports Centre to Pontypool – 24 km

Area services along this section of the route: Accommodation, cafés, restaurants, groceries, banking, attractions and trails.

• Today's route explores rural riding along country roads through the protected landscape of the Greenbelt and rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Ride past working farms while taking in the sights, smells and sounds of Ontario's countryside. • Start your ride from the parking lot of Darlington Sports Centre in Hampton, in Durham Region. Turn right out of the Darlington Sports Centre parking lot onto Taunton Road and after 100 m, turn right on McCallum Street. • Heading north McCallum Street turns into Millstream Lane. Continue on Millstream Lane passing Hampton Conservation Area before reaching Old Scugog Road. • Turn left and head north along Old Scugog Road for just over 3 km. Views across the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine are frequented while traversing this first portion of the route. • Turn right on Concession Road 7 and ride through the community of Tyrone, or stop in at Tyrone Mills, a working water-powered mill with lots of unique, local food and wares. • Turn left onto Liberty Street North, which merges onto Concession Road 8 after 2 km. Take first left connecting back onto Liberty Street North for an additional 2 km. Long Sault Conservation Area sits 2 km to the west with rest area and washrooms, as well as more than 18 km of marked trails to explore. • Head east (right) on Regional Road 20 (Boundary Road). Stay on Regional Rd 20 for nearly 8 km, passing the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Use appropriate caution on Regional Road 20 as this road has a higher volume of traffic with larger vehicles. While challenging hill climbs still lie ahead, riders will have passed the highest point of the route (370 m). • Cross and turn left on Hwy 35 for 800 m before taking a slight right onto John Street. Use appropriate caution on, and when crossing, Hwy 35 as this road has a higher volume of traffic with larger vehicles. • Fuel up in Pontypool at one of the stores in town. Founded in 1853, Pontypool has a long history as an agricultural transportation hub for CN Rail. • Before continuing on the route, be sure to head west on Pontypool Road to see a grain elevator that still stands today as a landmark of the region’s rich agricultural heritage.

Day 1: Leg 2 of 2 Pontypool to Peterborough – 45 km

Area services along the route: Accommodation, cafes, restaurants, shopping, groceries banking, attractions and trails.

• Heading out from Pontypool, cool off at the community pond before continuing east on Pontypool Road for 6 km to Porter Road. The twists, turns and rolling hills of a land carved by glaciers over 10,000 years ago begin to present a challenging, yet rewarding cycling experience. The mixed deciduous and coniferous forests and meadows of the southern Kawarthas become more prominent riding further east into the Oak Ridges Moraine. • Turn left on Porter Road heading north for 3 km, before turning right onto Solanum Way / Fallis Line for 7 km. • Turning left on to Tapley Quarter Line, this route now connects to the signed Hills, Views & Pastries cycling route (#3) of the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Classic Routes into the city of Peterborough. From the top of a small climb take in the views of the Kawarthas before turning right on Syer Line. • Take the time to stop along this quiet rural road, which offers fantastic views of mixed natural and agricultural land across a rolling landscape and the drumlins of the moraine. • Turn left on County Road 10 and into the small community of Cavan. Stop in at Galerie Q at the intersection of County Road 10 and HWY 7A. The gallery is a unique social enterprise, offering a space to enjoy the work of French Canadian Masters as well as emerging Canadian contemporary artists. • From here, a steady hill climb leads to Sharpe Line. Turn right and continue along Sharpe Line for 6 km. Use appropriate caution crossing HWY 7 to connect to Browns Line. Before starting the final stretch into the city of Peterborough, stop at Landing 27 Bistro and try one of their award-winning buttertarts, a highlight on the Kawarthas Northumberland Buttertart Tour. • Turn right onto County Road 11 (Airport Road), crossing over HWY 115/7. Use caution when turning left onto Beardsmore Road. Continue along Beardsmore Road / Johnston Drive for over 4 km into the city. • Head north on Monaghan Road using city bike lanes with great views of the Otonabee River. Turn right on Romaine Street, past The Canadian Canoe Museum towards Little Lake and downtown Peterborough. • Final routing into the city passes the Art Gallery of Peterborough, which overlooks Otonabee River and Little Lake and connects to the Trans Canada Trail and Millennium Park along off-road trails. • Situated on the historic Trent-Severn Waterway, exploring Peterborough by foot or bike is easily done. Discover the local restaurants, boutique shops and craft breweries in downtown Peterborough, including the popular Hunter Street Café District. Tour The Canadian Canoe Museum to view the largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft in the world and learn about the unique history of the canoe and its significance to the peoples of Canada. There are multiple accommodation options available throughout the city. • Need bike supplies or service? Make sure to stop at Wild Rock Outfitters in downtown Peterborough on 167 Charlotte Street or Fontaine Source for Sports on 384 Queen Street.

Day 2 Peterborough to Port Hope – 73 km

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 2: Leg 1 of 2 Peterborough to Millbrook – 44 km

Area services along this section of the route: Accommodations, cafes, restaurants, groceries, bike shop/services, shopping, banking, and attractions.

• Today's route starts by exploring the history of the Trent-Severn Waterway, a linear canal route meandering 386 km along central Ontario. Heading north out of Millennium Park and connecting onto Hunter Street West via Simcoe and Queen Streets, ride city bike lanes over the Otonabee River and into Peterborough's "East City". • Continue on Hunter Street West until Lock 21, a National Historic Site and the world’s highest hydraulic lift lock, part of the Trent-Severn Waterway. After your visit at the Peterborough Lift Lock Visitors Centre, cross over the waterway and ride south on Ashburnham Drive for 4 km before it turns into Crowley Line. It's a straight ride south for 5 km through agricultural lands as you leave the city of Peterborough. • Ride along Base Line and Keene Road towards the southern end of the Otonabee River, before turning right and connecting onto County Road 2. Cross over the Otonabee River and follow the signed Hills, Views & Pastries cycling route (#3) of the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Classic Routes. This section of the route continues south towards Rice Lake. • At Second Line Road, stop into visit ZimArt Rice Lake Gallery featuring African shona stone sculptures from over 50 Zimbabwean artists. Admission to the gallery is free, and is open daily from June 1 – Thanksgiving. • On clear days, enjoy breathtaking views across Peterborough County, Rice Lake and Northumberland County along County Road 2. Halls Landing and the north shore of Rice Lake offer access to swimming, boat rentals and accommodations. • Riding into the village of Bailieboro be sure to visit Doo Doo's Bakery, a featured stop on the Kawarthas Northumberland Buttertart Tour. Grab a fresh, locally roasted coffee and enjoy this sweet treat while browsing local collectables at Sanctuary Antiques, located in a stunning 1890's historical church. • Head west on Carmel Road for 3 km before turning right onto Brakenridge Drive. Continue for just over 1 km until turning right onto Deyell Line, which turns into Hutchison Drive. Turn left onto Zion Line for 3 km before turning right on County Road 10 and into the picturesque village of Millbrook. • Visit Pastry Peddler, a local bicycle-themed café and restaurant serving fabulous local and fresh meals and snacks, including buttertarts featured on the Kawarthas Northumberland Buttertart Tour. Head upstairs to the full-service bike shop, Frog Cycles if you need any maintenance or parts. • A stop in Millbrook isn't complete without a short stroll down Needler's Lane to the historic Needler's Mill, a flour and grist mill that operated from 1830 until 1974 and is located adjacent to Millbrook Dam. Previously located downstream from current location.

Day 2: Leg 2 of 2 Millbrook to Port Hope – 29 km

Area services along this section of the route: Accommodations, cafes, restaurants, groceries, bike shop/services, shopping, banking, and attractions in Millbrook and Port Hope. Limited services are available between Millbrook and Port Hope.

• Head east out of Millbrook along County Road 21 and connect onto County Road 10 south for 11 km through the rolling hills of Peterborough and Northumberland Counties and back into the Greenbelt. Enjoy this great stretch of well-paved road as you descend approximately 100 m towards Garden Hill. • Located approximately 8 km south of Millbrook is Maple Crescent Farm, a family-run farm offering guided horseback trail rides through the Ganaraska Forest, a fantastic way to explore this 11,000 acre forest. Reservations are required 24hrs in advance. • Turn left onto Ganaraska Road / County Road 9 heading east towards Campbellcroft. A short 2 km ride north on Gilmour Road to Laveanne Lavender Organic Nursery offers opportunities for seasonal pop-up dining, exploring a lavender labyrinth and touring the farm. • To continue on the route head south on Grist Mill Road, a section of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail. While paved and of low traffic volume, use appropriate caution as this road is narrow and single lane in sections. Ride for 7 km south along this quiet rural road through picturesque agricultural lands dotted with livestock. • Turn left on Line Road 5 for 1 km before turning right onto Barrie Road. A quick right on Line Road 4 and left onto Sylvanglen Road. Riders will now connect with the signed Greenbelt Route and Northumberland County`s signed Glorious Ganaraska route. Heading south, riders will pass Sylvan Glen Conservation Area; a great spot to stop for a snack/rest and even a quick swim in the Ganaraska River. Finish your ride rolling into Port Hope following Greenbelt Route signage along rural and town roads. • Named one of Canada's "Best Small Towns" in 2014, Port Hope offers many reasons to spend a day or two exploring this quaint town. Stroll downtown and admire the well-preserved 19th Century architecture, browse the boutique and antique shops and choose from many local restaurants including The Social Bar and Table, a designated Feast ON location for using local-sourced ingredients to create savoury, seasonal dishes. • While in Port Hope, book a play or watch a film at the Capitol Theatre, one of only two of Canada's last operating 'atmospheric' theatres. • Stay overnight at the Carlyle Inn & Bistro, a certified bicycle friendly accommodation located a two minute walk from the historical downtown. Several accommodation options are available in Port Hope.

Day 3 Port Hope to Hampton / Darlington Sports Centre – 59 km

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.

Interesting stops along the day's route: • Waterfront Trail • Lake Ontario • Beach at Bond Head • Wilmot Orchards • Village of Orono • Tyrone Mill

For detailed turn-by-turn directions, please refer to route map at [Ride with GPS)(www.ridewithgps.com/routes/13679397)

Day 3: Leg 1 of 2 Port Hope to Orono – 38 km

Area services along this section of the route: Cafes, restaurants, shopping, groceries, attractions and banking.

• Before heading out of Port Hope, grab a coffee and a few of the famous 'Crazy Cookies" for the road from the Dreamer's Café downtown. • Ride east out of town on HWY 2, which continues on as Ridout Street / Lakeshore Road following the signed Waterfront Trail. Ride east along the north shore of Lake Ontario with frequent views of the shore line for 24 km. Turn left onto Boulton Street, which becomes Mill Street and continues north into the community of Newcastle with many services. This portion of the route now connects to the East Clarington Loop, one of the Durham Cycle Tour routes. • Continue on Mill Street / Durham Regional Road 17 north before crossing under HWY 35 / 115. Use appropriate caution as road narrows and presents sharp turn. • Turn right onto Concession Road 3 for nearly 1 km and turn right onto Lockhart Road. Or stay on Concession Road 3 for an additional 300 m and stop in at Wilmot Orchards, a unique blueberry farm offering pick-your-own fruit experiences, as well as their Appleberry Café with a variety of blueberry baked goods, ice cream, cold drinks, loose-leaf tea and coffee overlooking the blueberry patches. • Ride north on Lockhart Road for 2 km before a quick right (Concession Road 4) and left onto Squair Road. Continue north and turn right onto Concession Road 5 / Somerville Drive to Durham Regional Road 17/Main Street. • Turn left on Durham Regional Road 17/Main Street and ride into village of Orono. • Great bakeries, restaurants and multiple antique stores make a stop into Orono well worth the 100 m + climb from Lake Ontario. Stop off at bicycle friendly locations such as The Fire Hall Bistro for lunch or the Village Bakeshop and pick up one of their famous apple fritters.

Day 3: Leg 2 of 2 Orono to Hampton – 21 km

Area services along the route: Accommodations, Cafes, restaurants, groceries, banking, and attractions.

• Head north on Durham Regional Road 17 / Main Street, part of the signed Greenbelt Route for 2 km. Use appropriate caution as this road narrows and has higher volumes of traffic. • Crossing Taunton Road, continue north on Best Road for over 4 km until Concession Road 8. Turn left on Concession Road 8, which turns into Concession Road 7 for 11 km along a picturesque portion of Greenbelt Route with views across Durham Region and the protected landscape of the Greenbelt. • Routing takes riders through the communities of Leskard and Tyrone. Stop in at Tyrone Mills for a final rest and refreshments including several award-winning pastries and Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream. From here, Archibald Winery Orchards is located just over 1 km south along Liberty Street North and is a great location for a well-deserved taste of local fruit wines before riding back along the route for a final 8 km to Darlington Sports Centre.

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