Carlisle Ramble – 28 mi ride past rivers, ponds and bogs

Let’s roam a bit further afield and ride through the leafy suburbs of Westford, Carlisle and Concord. We’ll meet at Brickhouse Pizza and Sports Grill in Chelmsford Center (at the intersection of Routes 110, 129, 4 and 27) and start our ride on the Bruce Freeman Bike Trail.

We’ll ride past Hart Pond and then continue along back roads into Carlisle and Concord (we can take a detour to view North Bridge if the group wants.) 

We’ll cross the Concord River and ride back to Carlisle through rolling farmland (there are still a number of working farms along the route,) riding past Great Brook Farm and the Carlisle Cranberry bog, which continues to operate as a working bog to this day. The four-story Bog House, built in 1905, once served as a dance hall for the bog workers.

We’ll return to Chelmsford Center along the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, and those that would like to stay can meet for lunch and beer afterwards at Brickhouse Pizza and Sports Grill. To see the route click the link below:

The ride is a ramble, and is suitable for casual riders. We’ll try and maintain an average moving speed of 12½-13 mph. Please make sure your bike is in good working condition, and that you have a spare tube.

Helmet required!

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  • Ursula

    Kudos to you Peter for an awesome ride. The weather was perfect and it was a pleasure meeting everyone. Look forward to other rides with the group.

    September 29, 2013

  • Nahid D.

    Thank you Peter & Michael . I enjoyed the ride very much even though I was dragging behind.

    September 29, 2013

  • Tracy M.

    Every week I say this was my favorite ride, but I really mean it this time! Beautiful day, great things to see and wonderful group to share it all with! Thanks Peter for organizing and thanks Michael for the posting the photos! Let's do this route again sometime!

    September 29, 2013

  • Rich B

    Great ride... Thanks, Peter.

    September 29, 2013

  • John O. R.

    Awesome ride today!

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A gorgeous ride on a lovely autumn morning. Thanks for organizing it, Peter. Would do it again in a heartbeat.

    September 28, 2013

  • Ray Y.

    I have a pet emergency and have to take my dog into the vet so unfortunately I will not be able to make it....

    September 28, 2013

  • Rod

    I've decided that I need to do some work in my garden today, so will regretfully have to pass on today's ride. My best to all, and hope to see you soon!

    September 28, 2013

  • Nick H.

    I am very sorry Peter, but I woke up a bit under the weather and don't think it would be wise to head out this morning. I look forward to future rides though. Thanks for organizing this though.

    September 28, 2013

  • Peter F.

    My phone number is[masked] if anyone is lost or running late.

    September 27, 2013

  • Tracy M.

    Looking forward to NSB coming to the not-so-North-Shore! So glad we are doing a ride out this way! Thanks Peter for coming up with this one! Can't wait! :)

    September 27, 2013

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