Where to Ride

There are lots of great routes on the seacoast. More maps are being added daily!

SABR’s Favorite Road Routes

From Downtown Portsmouth

New Castle Loop: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32883437

Just a lovely 6 mile loop. Nice for just a quick ride, or an add on to other rides. Be mindful of the metal bridge!

South Along the Ocean: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32883255

This route is really the gem of the area in my opinion. The views are stunning, and the shoulder is wide. The risks are mainly traffic, especially during the summer. I suggest this as a morning route, as it can get congested as the day goes on. Also, I made this route as a loop, but it works as an out and back just as well. The loop inland goes through some nice terrain, so feel free to explore. As an aside, the entire strip headed towards Hampton Beach is a wonderful ride, but as you get into Hampton Beach you’ll find the roads and traffic get a bit less bike friendly unless you’re catching it at an off hour. Lots of traffic and pedestrians during the summer season!

North to Nubble Lighthouse: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32883260

Fair warning: This route is hilly (by seacoast standards) and has a lot less shoulder, but it’s got a nice variety of terrain and the views in the middle are top notch.. You can shorten this route easily enough just by chopping off the part along the beach and/or Nubble Lighthouse, or make it longer by continuing past Nubble through York Cliffs and on to Ogunquit.

Newington Loop: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32883261

This one goes in a different direction altogether. It uses the multi use path to get you into Pease before heading out to Newington. Getting through Pease isn’t a lot of fun, but if you avoid the 8am and 5pm traffic, it’s peaceful enough. The good stuff happens when you get into Newington. It’s just nice quiet roads. If you do this in the evening, you’re likely to see quite a few turkeys and/or deer idling around. If you feel like going a bit further, there is a protected bike path over the bay so you can check out Hilton Park or even head in to Dover or Durham if you’re feeling energetic! The bike path starts over by Stone Face Brewery. It’s gravel to start, but is paved once you get past the first 100 yards.

Statewide and Regional Bicycle Route Maps have been produced by the NH Department of Transportation.

Printed copies of statewide and regional bicycle route maps can be obtained from the New Hampshire Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator Larry Keniston at 603-271-2468.

Maine’s bike touring site – http://www.exploremaine.org/bike/index.shtml

Info on bicycle touring in Maine is available at the Maine DOT Bicycle Tour Homepage. (MAINE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION BICYCLE ROUTE MAPS – For copies of The Maine Bike Map, call the Maine DOT at 207-287-6600.)

EASTERN TRAIL MAPS The Eastern Trail Alliance is working hard to reestablish the railroad corridor in southern Maine from Kittery to Portland as a recreational greenway.

Maps of the on-road version of the eastern Trail are available in the Eastern Trail On-Road Guide The On-Road guide is only available as a PDF document. You will need Adobe Acrobat to open the PDF version of the guide.

EAST COAST GREENWAY – East Coast Greenway Alliance: www.greenway.org Walkers, cyclists, and other trail advocates have joined forces around an audacious project, a 2,900 mile traffic-free path linking East Coast cities from Maine to Florida. Launched only 10 years ago, this vision for an urban alternative to the highly popular Appalachian Trail is quickly becoming a reality. Click here for Maps of the East Coast Greenway.

NH Seacoast Greenway Committee: www.nhseacoastgreenway.org