We have two wonderful bike tours for you. The first will head up from Lynch Park up Boston's Gold Coast to Hammond Castle and back again. The second tour we will head out of the park and head to Centerville and Long Hill.
Choose your adventure below and we will make the magic happen.
We Begin with a history of Lynch Park before we head next door to Rice Beach. Then we venture to see Hospital Point Lighthouse. Pedaling north our next stop will be Mingo Beach. Onward to Tuck's Point to see the mouth of Manchester Harbor from the gazebo on the water. Then we will get a snack in Manchester-by-the-Sea before heading to Rafe's Chasm in Magnolia. We will lock up the bikes and hike out to this glorious cliff above the ocean. A quick trip to Hammond Castle and we loop back by the sea and feel the sand in between our toes on Manchester Beach. Downhill we pedal and take a sidestep onto Ocean Ave past the salt marsh and beach. We head toward Tuck's Point, but take a right on the bridge instead to see some fine mansions. Then past West Beach before we head back to Lynch Park.
Please bring your own bike. Bike alternatives do exist in Salem in which you can bike over the Salem-Beverly Bridge to Lynch Park.
The tour takes anywhere from 4.5hs to 6hrs.
Please park at Lynch Park in Beverly. After a short tour of the park and its history we will get on our bikes. From there we will bike past Hospital Point and then head past President Taft's second Summer White House. Onward past Sally Milligan's park we will ride past a First Period Home on our way to Rt 22. Up the hill past Turtle Hill we go till we get to the fork toward Essex. Around the bend is the entrance to Long Hill Garden. A beautiful garden with several rooms filled with flowering trees and exotic flowers surrounding a Georgian manor. Behind it is a mile loop through a cedar stand.
After leaving the garden we will head west toward Grapevine Road and round back toward Gordon College and see their Irish castle. A quick trip to Gull Pond for a dip and past the college again. Then we continue east to Hale Street and down Rt 127 and pedal past Boston's Gold Coast stopping at a few beaches before we head back to Lynch Park.
Tour lasts 3.5hrs-6hrs
Through time let us show you all the wonders of the North Shore!
Lynch Park is the meeting place for our tours. It has an interesting history. It was once the summer White House for two years during William Howard Taft's presidency. A stay which didn't end well with the woman who had owned it had to be restrained from burning the residence down after she evicted him. The house was named Stetson Hall, named after the man who built it and invented the cowboy hat. The house was saved by Louise Dupont Crowninshield and her husband Keno Crowninshield and moved across the harbor on two barges to Peach's Point in Marblehead. The mansion used to reside where the rose garden is now. Click here for a complete history. The house also appears in The Sinclair Narratives' tale in Arkham: Tales from the Flipside.