Thursday, 24 August 2017 23:37

Bike the Brandywine

Written by  Nicole Kindbeiter

Ride a 50-mile loop (more or less) through the greenway to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Brandywine Conservancy.

 

Bike the Brandywine EventEnjoy the scenery, history and lure of the Brandywine Creek—a major source of drinking water for nearly half a million area residents—during the second annual Bike the Brandywine event. Hosted during the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art’s 50th anniversary year of celebrations, this year’s Bike the Brandywine offers three new loops that take in the beautiful Brandywine Creek Greenway and surrounding countryside.

Riders can choose from routes ranging from 25, 50 and 100 miles, each with a unique experience for both recreational and more seasoned cyclists. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Conservancy’s clean water programs.

Following both the East and West Branch of the historic and scenic Brandywine Creek waterway, the 100-mile loop will guide riders from Chadds Ford all the way to the Creek’s headwaters in bucolic Honey Brook Township. Along the way riders will experience iconic western Chester County vistas and countless views of rural landscapes, rich history and active farmland, some of which the Brandywine Conservancy has helped preserve for future generations. Plus you pass The Whip Tavern!

The 50-mile loop gives riders looking for a shorter Brandywine experience a route that also follows both branches of the Creek. Following the West Branch to The Laurels nature preserve and then crossing through the valley to reach the Creek’s East Branch just south of Downingtown, the route rejoins the 100-mile route and visits the historic village of Marshallton. Riders on this route will also experience the history, vistas and bucolic countryside on their journey.

As an exciting introduction to the Brandywine Creek Greenway for the recreational cyclist, the 25-mile loop closely mirrors the early sections of the 100- and 50-mile routes. Following the West Branch of the Brandywine Creek through open farmland and scenic river valleys, this route provides a trip through the historic village of Marshallton, past one of the oldest barns in Pennsylvania and through areas of the historic Brandywine Battlefield.

So grab your bike helmet, test your toe-clips and prepare to pedal for clean water!


 

Bike the Brandywine EventIf You Go:

Where: Begins and ends at Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 N. Creek Rd., Chadds Ford, PA
When: September 30, 2017
Registration: $50 per rider; fee increases closer to the event. Includes a Bike the Brandywine t-shirt.
Benefits: Brandywine Conservancy’s Clean Water Programs
More at: Brandywine.org/BikeRide