A. Discover the Brandywine floodplain on a walk that takes you through several habitatsThe river trail begins at the corner of the parking lot near the Museum on the river side. The nine stops along this Discoveries Trail, the state’s fifth, include Wilmington and Bethany Beach. In wet conditions, gentle pumping of your breaks is safer than applying sudden and heavy force to your break. The ride also highlights a major multi-use trail in the area (the Struble Trail) so that section will be free of motorized vehicles. A. Walk the half-mile route along the Brandywine River. It will also have emergency contact information. Along the way riders will experience iconic Western Chester County vistas including the Conservancy’s King Ranch area (home of the famous Whip Tavern). Unfortunately, registration fees are non-refundable if the ride is canceled. What should I NOT bring with me for the ride? First added by Steve_Brang on Jul 17, 2005. In the unlikely event of flooding and/or hurricane/tropical storm warnings, the ride will likely be canceled. I find this ship fascinating and watch the boarding process for a while before heading on down the river. Maps and cue sheets will be made available on the website around a week before the ride. What happens if I have an accident on the course? Thank you for all your continued and past support of the Brandywine Conservancy and its mission. Closely mirroring the early routes of both the 80- and 45-mile routes, the 25-mile route follows the West Branch Brandywine River through open farmland and scenic river valleys. It does not include historic property tours, which can be added for an additional $8.00 per person per tour. The walk goes from this starting point to the meadow across from the John Chads House. 62 Mile (metric century) - around 3,800 ft. of elevation. This section is wide with a paved surface and offers views of the Brandywine River. The ride takes place RAIN or SHINE. This trail is part of the Brandywine-Struble Regional Recreation Corridor, which extends north and south through Chester … 4) Ride-provided cue sheet. This is what you’ll find along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail. The route treats riders to countless views of the Brandywine, bucolic landscapes, rich history, and active farmland, some of which the Brandywine Conservancy has helped preserve for future generations. 2) Your own support vehicle – in order to minimize the number of additional vehicles on the ride route and to maintain safety for all riders, having personal vehicles follow riders on the route is prohibited. Riders who leave the designated right-of-way along the route at areas other than designated rest-stops risk trespassing on private property, Stay in single file along the trail (they are not wide enough to accommodate two abreast with other trail users coming the other way), Maintain speeds below 15 mph along the trail sections, Call out “on your left” when passing other trail users, Be aware that runners or walkers utilizing earbuds may not be aware of your approaching from behind – use extreme caution when passing slower trail users. The trail is currently 2.4 miles long and can be accessed from several different parking lots. Water and some snacks will be available at The Whip Tavern for those completing this route. Support vehicles will also be traversing the route throughout the day and if they see a rider who is clearly in distress or in need of help, they will stop and provide whatever support is needed. The trail turns north just before the Rocky Run Bridge and makes a gradual ascent on rocky terrain and packed earth, into mature mixed forest with Rocky Run visible to your right. Everyone is welcome on a BCP ride, regardless of whether you are a current member but we do have some rules. A. If this is the case, a support vehicle will bring you back to the start location in Chadds Ford. Metric Century (62 miles) and 80-mile riders depart 8:00 a.m. 25 and 45-mile ride departs9:00 a.m. Rider departure final call4:30 p.m. Ride support ends. By Bike. 1 Hoffman's Mill RoadP.O. A. Cut through the waters of the Brandywine, or see the countryside on an invigorating hike or bike trail. #675 in the world. Native wildlife species—including bald eagles, great blue herons, great egrets, northern water snakes, and common musk turtles—rely on the stream and surrounding forest for food and cover. For information on volunteering with the ride, please send an e-mail to [email protected] or call 610.388.8377. It is a beautiful trail alongside the Brandywine River. Shortly after pedaling down the boardwalk I come upon a tall ship boarding passengers. In East Bradford, the trail is accessible from the M. John Johnson Nature Center parking lot on Skelp Level Road and from the Harmony Hill Nature Area parking lot on Harmony Hill Road, just east of the Gibson covered bridge. Q. I registered but am no longer able to do the ride. #3 of 22 mountain bike trails in Delaware. 4) Cell phone – this will allow you to communicate with ride organizers and/or the HELP number along the route. Sea to Sky Trail: The newly completed 1.5 km section of the planned 180 km long Sea to Sky Trail leads in a north-east direction from the main Brandywine Falls Trail (after crossing the train tracks) to the Whistler Bungee bridge over the Cheakamus River. Green frogs, spring peepers and snapping turtles are also plentiful. Cross the meadow to reach the Chadds Ford Historical Society Visitors’ Center and the John Chads House. Riding with earbuds or headphones is strictly forbidden on the ride and is also against the law. In addition, many native wildflowers grow in the cool, moist soils of the floodplain forest floor. A. The observation platform provides a view of this rich wildlife habitat, frequented by Carolina wrens, wood ducks, black ducks, great blue herons, and osprey. PLEASE NOTE: The ride takes place rain or shine. Sorry, but registration fees are non-refundable. From Thompson Rd, make a left into parking lot just before the bridge over the brandywine river. What if I feel I can’t complete the ride? Our metric century route offers everything the 45-mile route does but includes an additional 15+ mile loop in the scenic King Ranch and open agricultural lands just west of the famous Whip Tavern. Our rides calendar. In addition, cue sheets for each route will be made available at both early packet pick-up and at check-in on the day of the ride. Those undertaking the shorter route should also plan on a training schedule to get the most from the day. Chester County's rolling hills, rambling streams, and award-winning golf courses deliver everything from high-energy thrills to laid back relaxation. 1 Hoffman's Mill Road P.O. Rest stops and the start location will have water and Gatorade to refill your bottles or hydration pack. Training over a course of a couple of months, with longer rides on the weekends, will put you in a position to enjoy the ride to the fullest. It’ll also help you track your ride with Strava or other application. Smaller herbaceous plants include a wide range of sedges and rushes, along with broad-leaved arrowhead, skunk cabbage and cattails. What should I have with me for the ride? Q. We invite you to gather some friends, pack a picnic lunch, and come visit for a tour, tasting, or another of our great activities. The views of the creek and the layers of rock it has exposed are also worth the walk. We’re hopeful that 2021 will afford us the opportunity to once again welcome you to the Brandywine Creek Greenway to enjoy its scenery, each other’s company, and a great day of cycling. The ride is designed to be enjoyed at a pace that allows you to take in the beautiful scenery and landscapes that you will pass along the way. 8) Any specific snacks you may want to enjoy between rest stops (or if you have dietary restrictions). This habitat helps to maintain stream water quality and a healthy stream ecosystem through its ability to prevent erosion, filter out contaminants from storm runoff, regulate water temperatures with shade, and provide food. To make the morning of the ride go more smoothly, consider checking in and picking up your ride packets during early packet pick-up on Friday, September 25, from 12–7 p.m. in the lecture room of the Brandywine River Museum of Art at 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. Ride organizers will help in summoning a SAG or other vehicle to collect you and bring you back to the start. Once complete, the Brandywine Water Trail will be a 22-mile bi-state water route that connects communities to the river in Pennsylvania and Delaware, improving access to the waterway for increased recreational and educational use, while also protecting and enhancing the natural, scenic, cultural, and historic resources along the river. Of course, we hope, after attending one or … Check out the wine trail map below to help plan your visit. The Greenway stretches from the Christina River in the City of Wilmington, Delaware, to the Pennsylvania Highlands in Honey Brook Township. This is an open road event so you can expect to be sharing the road with motorists. In the summer, the shade keeps it nice and cool, even on hot days. It is also safer to favor your rear break in wet conditions as you are less likely to lose control. The 80-mile loop of Bike the Brandywine utilizes the Struble Trail that we are lucky to have in our area. And will I need to train for this event? However, these routes are less hilly than many other routes you could travel in the Brandywine valley. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.