Monday, September 10, 2018

Bike The Brandywine In Chester County Sept. 22 To Benefit Brandywine Conservancy Clean Water Programs

Explore the scenery, glimpse the history and discover the lure of the Brandywine River during the third annual Bike the Brandywine on September 22 to benefit the Brandywine Conservancy’s clean water programs.
The ride offers three routes that take in the beautiful Brandywine Creek Greenway and surrounding countryside. Riders can choose from distances of 25, 45 and 80 miles-- each with unique and thrilling experiences for both the recreational or more avid seasoned cyclist.
Following both the East and West Branch of the historic and scenic Brandywine, the 80-mile loop will guide riders from Chadds Ford all the way to the river’s headwaters in bucolic Honey Brook Township.
Along the way riders will experience iconic western Chester County vistas and stunning views of rural landscapes, rich history and active farmland-- much of which the Brandywine Conservancy has helped permanently protect and conserve for future generations.
For riders looking for a shorter-- but still challenging-- Brandywine experience, the 45-mile loop follows the West Branch of the river and passes through many historic sites, incredible vistas and bucolic countryside.
Beginning in Chadds Ford, this route travels to The Laurels Preserve and treks through the magnificent King Ranch area in Unionville before winding its way to the historic village of Marshallton.
As an exciting introduction to the Brandywine Creek Greenway for the recreational cyclist, the 25-mile loop closely mirrors the early routes of both the 80- and 45-mile options.
Following the West Branch of the Brandywine River through open farmland and scenic river valleys, this route provides a trip through the historic village of Marshallton and its surrounding equestrian and farming landscapes.
Each loop starts and ends at the Chadds Ford Historical Society, 1736 N Creek Road, Chadds Ford, PA. Well provisioned rest stops are available every 10-20 miles, depending on the route.
Cyclists of legal drinking age will be entitled to one free pint of Victory beer at the ride’s conclusion. The post-ride celebration at the Chadds Ford Historical Society will also include free lunch for all riders.
The event takes place rain or shine from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Advance registration is $50 per rider, but the fee will increase closer to the date of the event.  Click Here to register.
Brandywine Creek Greenway
The Brandywine Creek Greenway is a regional planning initiative of the Brandywine Conservancy-- and 27 municipal partners in Chester and Delaware counties-- to create a 30-mile conservation and recreation corridor along both branches of the Brandywine.
It stretches from the Delaware state line just south of Chadds Ford to the Pennsylvania Highlands Mega-Greenway at the northern border of Honey Brook Township.
The Brandywine River and its network of parks and trails form the western limit of The Circuit, a regional trail network of the greater Philadelphia region.
The vision of the Brandywine Creek Greenway is to build healthier, more sustainable communities, by emphasizing the natural and cultural resources of the area; preserving and protecting the Brandywine River; and creating connections among open space, parks, river access points and area attractions.
For more information on programs, initiatives and upcoming events, visit the Brandywine Conservancy website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Conservancy (middle of the webpage.)  Visit the Conservancy’s Blog, Like the Conservancy on Facebook and Follow them on Instagram.

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