Bicycling Magazine West Chester, PA: Delaware Loop 

Link a network of quiet country roads in Pennsylvania and Delaware on this 50-mile loop featuring creeks, farmland, and tree-lined roads.


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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 30 Oct 2009 9:00:19 PM
Activity: Bicycling
State: Pennsylvania (PA)
Distance: 49.97 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1470 ft
Total Loss: 1466 ft
Net Change: 4 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Delaware, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

This picturesque, 50-mile ride tours two states—Pennsylvania and Delaware—and the two-lane country roads south of West Chester. Starting in East Bradford, Pennsylvania, the route winds south on North and South Creek roads, passing farmland, horses, and quiet neighborhoods.

Roughly 14 miles in, the route begins a very mild descent, losing 310 feet over the next 11.5 miles. Cyclists who have time to spare can swing by Longwood Gardens (one of the country's premier arboretums) or the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail near the historic town of Kennett Square (mile 17).

At mile 23, cross the state line into Delaware and ride alongside Red Clay Creek. (During the fall, brilliant colors punctuate the landscape.) Seven miles later, ride back into Pennsylvania and follow a parallel route back to the start point.

-Mapped by Viktor Ohnjec

TO TRAILHEAD: The ride starts and ends at the intersection of Copeland School Road and Frank Road in East Bradford, PA.

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Tracks

West Chester, PA: Lou's Delaware Adventure

Distance: 49.97 mi Points: 852
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
# Distance Instruction Distance to next
1 0.00 mi Start - Then go 0.01 mi
2 0.01 mi Continue onto Frank Rd Then go 1.05 mi
3 1.06 mi Turn left at N Creek Rd Then go 0.76 mi
4 1.82 mi Turn left at PA-162 E/W Strasburg Rd Then go 0.24 mi
5 2.06 mi Take the 1st right onto N Creek Rd Then go 4.01 mi
6 6.07 mi Turn right at Creek Rd/PA-52 S Then go 0.25 mi
7 6.32 mi Take the 2nd right onto Lenape Rd/PA-52 S Then go 0.22 mi
8 6.53 mi Take the 1st left onto Pocopson Rd Then go 2.72 mi
9 9.25 mi Turn right at Parkerville Rd Then go 1.41 mi
10 10.66 mi Turn right at Lenape Rd/PA-52 N Then go 0.16 mi
11 10.82 mi Slight left at Corrine Rd/S Wawaset Rd Then go 0.03 mi
12 10.85 mi Take the 1st left onto Lenape Unionville Rd Then go 3.04 mi
13 13.90 mi Turn left at E Doe Run Rd Then go 0.47 mi
14 14.37 mi Take the 2nd right onto Hickory Dr Then go 0.22 mi
15 14.59 mi Take the 2nd left onto Willowdale Ln Then go 0.49 mi
16 15.08 mi Turn left at PA-926 E/Street Rd Then go 0.13 mi
17 15.21 mi Take the 1st right onto N Walnut Rd Then go 1.95 mi
18 17.16 mi Turn right at Baltimore Pike/Old Baltimore Pike/E State St Then go 0.08 mi
19 17.24 mi Take the 1st left onto Race St Then go 0.14 mi
20 17.38 mi Turn left at E Cypress St Then go 0.06 mi
21 17.44 mi Take the 1st right onto Dalmation St Then go 0.08 mi
22 17.52 mi Take the 1st left onto Juniper St Then go 0.07 mi
23 17.59 mi Turn right at S Walnut St Then go 0.35 mi
24 17.94 mi Take the 1st right onto E South St Then go 0.65 mi
25 18.58 mi Turn right at W South St Then go 0.36 mi
26 18.94 mi Turn left at Chandler Mill Rd Then go 2.05 mi
27 20.99 mi Turn left to stay on Chandler Mill Rd Then go 0.27 mi
28 21.26 mi Slight left at Kaolin Rd Then go 0.26 mi
29 21.52 mi Continue onto Marshall Bridge Rd Then go 0.94 mi
30 22.46 mi Turn right at Creek Rd/PA-82 S Then go 0.58 mi
31 23.04 mi Cross the state line into Delaware. Creek Rd/PA-82 S turns slightly right and becomes Barley Mill Rd. Then go 0.54 mi
32 23.58 mi Turn left at Creek Rd/Creek Mill Rd Then go 2.69 mi
33 26.27 mi Take the 1st left onto Creek Rd/Mt Cuba Rd/State Rd 82 Continue to follow State Rd 8 Then go 1.10 mi
34 27.37 mi Continue onto Owls Nest Rd Then go 1.30 mi
35 28.67 mi Take the 1st left onto Old Kennett Rd Then go 2.08 mi
36 30.75 mi Straight - Cross the state line into Pennsylvania Then go 0.77 mi
37 31.53 mi Turn right at Bayard Rd Then go 2.56 mi
38 34.08 mi Turn left at Baltimore Pike/US-1 S Then go 0.47 mi
39 34.55 mi Turn right at Schoolhouse Rd Then go 0.08 mi
40 34.63 mi Turn left to stay on Schoolhouse Rd Then go 0.87 mi
41 35.50 mi Take the 2nd left onto Longwood Rd Then go 0.66 mi
42 36.16 mi Slight right at N Walnut Rd Then go 0.55 mi
43 36.71 mi Turn right at PA-926 E/Street Rd Then go 0.18 mi
44 36.89 mi Take the 1st left onto Primrose Dr Then go 0.15 mi
45 37.04 mi Take the 1st right onto Violet Dr Then go 0.10 mi
46 37.14 mi Turn right at Wisteria Dr Then go 0.13 mi
47 37.28 mi Turn right to stay on Wisteria Dr Then go 0.13 mi
48 37.41 mi Turn left at E Doe Run Rd Then go 1.16 mi
49 38.57 mi Take the 1st right onto Marlboro Rd/Marlborough Rd Then go 1.99 mi
50 40.56 mi Turn left at Red Lion Rd Then go 0.58 mi
51 41.14 mi Take the 1st right onto Corrine Rd Then go 1.02 mi
52 42.16 mi Take the 2nd left onto S Wawaset Rd Then go 1.90 mi
53 44.07 mi Turn right at Bridge Rd/PA-842 E Continue to follow PA-842 Then go 0.52 mi
54 44.59 mi Turn right at S Bridge Rd Then go 0.42 mi
55 45.01 mi Turn left at S Creek Rd Then go 2.89 mi
56 47.91 mi Turn left at PA-162 W/W Strasburg Rd Then go 0.24 mi
57 48.15 mi Take the 1st right onto N Creek Rd Then go 0.76 mi
58 48.91 mi Take the 1st right onto Frank Rd Then go 1.06 mi
59 49.96 mi Continue straight onto Copeland School Rd Then go 0.01 mi
60 49.97 mi Stop -

Points of Interest

Bucktoe Creek Branch

Location: 39.809756, -75.710435
Fly past views of Bucktoe Creek Branch.

Start/End: East Bradford, PA

Location: 39.971019, -75.638739
The ride starts and ends at the intersection of Copeland School Road and Frank Road.

Frank Road

Location: 39.969096, -75.646019

Farmland along North Creek Road

Location: 39.951892, -75.646062
A bikes-eye-view of the farm approaching.

South Creek Road

Location: 39.927559, -75.646856

South Creek Road

Location: 39.925042, -75.647864
Continue straight on South Creek Road, heading southeast.

Parkersville Road

Location: 39.886426, -75.644796
Parkersville Road is flanked by walls of dirt.

Parkersville Road

Location: 39.886788, -75.644796
Looking back at the wall of dirt.

Doe Run Road

Location: 39.888171, -75.713375
Turn left onto Doe Run Road.

Hickory Drive

Location: 39.884393, -75.706004
Turn right onto Hickory Drive, then left onto Willowdale Lane. Ahead, the route begins a very mild descent. You'll lose 310 feet in the next 11.5 miles.

Walnut Road

Location: 39.875653, -75.705843
Turn right onto Walnut Road.

Walnut Road

Location: 39.867761, -75.704529
Continue straight on Walnut Road. The route travels south toward Kennett Square.

Kennett Square

Location: 39.848892, -75.705671
After 17 miles, the ride passes the historic town of Kennett Square. If you have time to spare, visit the nearby Longwood Gardens (one of the country's premier arboretums) or the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail.

The turn on Chandler Mill Road

Location: 39.811684, -75.713214
Watch your speed as you round the bend on Chandler Mill Road.

Chandler Mill Bridge

Location: 39.811487, -75.713364
The route crosses the Chandler Mill Bridge at mile 21.

Gradual Climb

Location: 39.793155, -75.641513
At mile 26, the road begins to climb gradually for the next 2.6 miles (a 1.9-percent grade).

Gradual Climb near Red Clay Creek

Location: 39.793073, -75.641148
Roll by Red Clay Creek and get ready to start the climb.

Convenience Store

Location: 39.862947, -75.679809
The route turns left onto Baltimore Pike/US 1 (use caution on this busier stretch of road). Cyclists who need to refill water bottles or grab a snack should continue straight to reach the convenience store.

Convenience Store

Location: 39.863511, -75.679536
The bikes get a rest outside Kennett at a convenience store

Walmart

Location: 39.860604, -75.688334
To pick up more supplies, cyclists can stop by the Walmart on Schoolhouse Road.

Corrine Road

Location: 39.907004, -75.680695
Spin past hay fields on Corrine Road.

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