Grist Mill Rd.

Version Date: Sept 2015

Port Hope to Peterborough

The easiest route. 53 km of lovely riding.

For those who want to get up here with the minimum of time spent away from the Lake, here’s a direct route up from Port Hope that takes in some of the beautiful riding available in the eastern section of Northumberland County. The most southerly section of the route is also part of the Waterfront Trail’s new GreenBelt Route.

This ride is suprisingly not-all-that-hilly for a route that crosses the Oak Ridges Moraine. There’s elevation gain to be sure and you'll feel it, but for the most part the grades are gentle and protracted rather than steep and short. Once you’ve made it up to Wallace Point Road, just east of Millbrook, it’s a mostly flat cruise into town.

“Are there any gravel sections?” you ask:
  • One short section of dirt on McCamus 1/4 Line. For some reason, the gravel on McCamus refuses to pack down. Even when all the other dirt roads in the area have become smooth hard-pack it remains strewn with large gravel and deep dust. Gird your loins, it will be annoying. 
  • The Airport Rd. reconnection is still gravel, about 2 km worth.
  • May 2018: The northermost 2 km of Gilmore have been returned to gravel by the county and the work looks fairly recent. The lower section of Gilmore has been chipsealed at some point during the past season and is quite nice. We can only hope that the gravel on the top 2 km is in advance of chipseal work to be done sometime this coming season. Given how slowly these projects advance though, it’s safe to assume that it’ll be gravel for the summer.
  • June 2018: Sylvan Glen Rd, just north of Port Hope is the next victim on the 2018 re-gravel hit list. Line Road 4 at the northern end has been torn up as well and that road actually sees some traffic. Both roads are on the Glorious Ganaraska and Green Belt cycling routes, so we can hope that when the chip-seal crews are out later this season both roads will get done.

Not a service to be found along the entirety of this route, so start prepared.

Ridden north in its entirety, twice: June 2018.