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Bicycling New Hampshire's Seacoast

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The shoreline of New Hampshire may be short—eighteen miles of ocean from Portsmouth to Seabrook—but it’s long on scenery, history, and has some of the best bicycling in the state!

With more than 28 guided rides exploring New Hampshire’s Seacoast, this book is an indispensable resource for riders of all skill levels who are eager to take advantage of everything the area has to offer. So grab your copy, climb on your bike, and take in expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean and sun ...

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Overview

The shoreline of New Hampshire may be short—eighteen miles of ocean from Portsmouth to Seabrook—but it’s long on scenery, history, and has some of the best bicycling in the state!

With more than 28 guided rides exploring New Hampshire’s Seacoast, this book is an indispensable resource for riders of all skill levels who are eager to take advantage of everything the area has to offer. So grab your copy, climb on your bike, and take in expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean and sun on sandy beaches, or visit one of the Seacoast’s many historic properties and scenic byways. Head farther inland to areas that may be lesser known, but are equally beautiful for cycling—such as peaceful, rolling Kensington; quaint Barrington; or the serene environment of Newmarket’s Great Bay. Choose one of the rides that skirt into Maine and visit Nubble Lighthouse, or ride south into Massachusetts along the Merrimac River. Whether you pedal through an inland village or oceanfront town, you’ll find the Seacoast region offers a perfect opportunity to enjoy New Hampshire at its best.

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What People Are Saying

John Gromek
"After more than a quarter of a million miles--most of it in the Northeast--I can tell you that the area surrounding New Hampshire's Seacoast has some of the best cycling anywhere. Let Linda Chestney guide you down some of our favorite roads and take the guessing out of where to go. Her historic references and points of interest add to a guaranteed good ride."
John Gromek, owner Exeter Cycles Bike Shop
John Gromek
“After more than a quarter of a million miles—most of it in the Northeast—I can tell you that the area surrounding New Hampshire’s Seacoast has some of the best cycling anywhere. Let Linda Chestney guide you down some of our favorite roads and take the guessing out of where to go. Her historic references and points of interest add to a guaranteed good ride.”
Jonah Fernald
“Bicycling New Hampshire’s Seacoast gives newcomers a taste of what New Hampshire has to offer while residents get a chance to explore the beauty in their own backyards.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584658719
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 4/14/2010
  • Edition description: Revised & updated edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 974,880
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

LINDA CHESTNEY is also the author of Bicycling Southern New Hampshire and Mountain Biking New Hampshire's State Parks and Forests.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

Introduction

Touring Tips 12

How to Use This Book 17

Ride Locations

1 Lilac City Ride (Rochester-Lebanon, ME) 26.5 18

2 Alton Bay Ride (Rochester-Alton Bay) 48.7 22

3 Jailhouse Tour (Rochester-Somersworth) 20.7 27

4 Calef's Country Store (Barrington-Strafford) 21.3 31

5 Rolling Farmland (Rochester-Dover) 15.6 35

6 Hot Air Balloon Festival (Lee-Center Barnstead) 64.2 39

7 Horse Farm Ride (Madbury-Durham) 13.3, 26.2 44

8 Three Rivers Ride (Dover-Eliot, ME) 29.4 50

9 Nubble Lighthouse (Portsmouth-York, ME) 32.2 55

10 Cattle Ride (Newmarket-Lee) 17.9, 23.9 62

11 Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Portsmouth-Newington) 14.0 67

12 Historic Strawbery Banke (Portsmouth-South Berwick, ME) 31.7 72

13 Scenic Ocean and Marsh Tour (Rye-New Castle) 22.7 77

14 Inland Seacoast Ride (Newfields-Epping) 29.1, 30.7 82

15 Durham Point (Exeter-Durham) 37.4 87

16 Historic Rye (Stratham-Rye) 26.3 92

17 Breakfast Hill (Greenland-North Hampton) 16.5, 20.0 97

18 Four Forts Ride (Rye-Portsmouth) 18.4 103

19 Historic Exeter (Exeter-Kensington) 15.4 109

20 Kingston State Beach (Kingston) 22.4 114

21 Apple Orchard Ride (Hampton-Kensington) 20.7 118

22 Hampton's North Beach (Hampton's North Beach-Exeter) 20.2 123

23 Fall Foliage Ride (Hampton Falls-Kensington) 9.7 127

24 Four Hamptons (Hampton, South Hampton) 22.1 131

25 Merrimac River (Hampton-West Newbury, MA) 38.4 136

26 Hodgie's Ice Cream (Newton-Amesbury, MA) 16.8 143

27 Mass. Farm Country (Seabrook-Amesbury, MA) 22.5 147

28 Seabrook Beach (Hampton-Salisbury, MA) 20.1 153

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