A perennial favourite of end to enders, Port Hope is a charming heritage town with an excellent selection of B&Bs, shopping, theatre and restaurants. The Trail itself features the dedicated handiwork of volunteers that made this Trail possible including benches, bird feeders, a gazebo and tributes to the community leaders who played key role in the Trail's development-The Keith Richan Walkway and the A.K. Sculthorpe Memorial Woodland Marsh. The Trail can be divided into two sections:
Western Section (from the Clarington boundary and ending near the western edge of the urban part of Port Hope):
- Lakeshore Rd is asphalt with no shoulders. The speed limit along the road is 60 kph
- Terrain is hilly and area does not offer any amenity stops -- it is a beautiful rural ride (or walk) and offers many clear vistas of Lake Ontario
Eastern Section (western edge of the urban part of Port Hope through the downtown to the east and continues on through Hamilton Township over to Cobourg):
Highway 2 to Cobourg has paved shoulders (designated for riders and walkers).
Resources, Local Maps and Connecting Trails
Port Hope Tourism produces a variety of publications including the Visitors’ Guide and an historic walking tour booklet.
Northumberland Tourism produces an excellent trails map that shows 5 suggested cycling route. The routes range in distance from the fairly flat 30km Glorious Ganaraska Route to the challenging 74km Rice Lake Ramble. A map can be found on their website here:
Ganaraska Hiking Trail - intersects with the Waterfront Trail in downtown Port Hope