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Hamden-Cheshire Circuit


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Total Distance:  32.7 miles                                        Elevation Gain:  1440 ft  


Degree of Difficulty Index:   1440 ft / 32.7 mi = 44.04 ft/mi                        Terrain:  Flat to rolling


Killer Hills:     None


Geographical Region:  Southwest Connecticut 


Starting Location (city/town):  Hamden


Starting Location (detailed directions to): Start at the main parking area at Brooksvale Park, Hamden, on Brooksvale Ave. near the farm. From Rt. 15, Exit 61, head North on Whitney Ave. (becomes Rt. 10) for 5.6 miles. Left on Mt. Sanford Rd. (one block north of the Cheshire-Hamden town line), next left on Brooksvale Ave., then right into Brooksvale Park (across from 535 Brooksvale Ave.).


Ride Description: Explore the quiet back roads of Hamden and Cheshire, as you cycle past farms and fields with views of Meriden Mountain, the Sleeping Giant, and the shady Quinnipiac Gorge. Many miles of flat cruising with a few short hills to climb.  Lunch in Southington.


Facilities and Points of Interest:    



            Facilities - Points of Interest


Brooksvale Park, Hamden: farm, hiking and mountain biking trails


Cheshire is the bedding plant capital of Connecticut; all these farms show why


View of Meriden Mountain to the right with all the antennas


Southington Country Club on right


Food Stop: Many options to choose from including Subway, Arby's, Tops IGA, and McDonald's


Quinnipiac Valley Audubon Society's Riverbound Farm, a 23 acre nature sanctuary on right


Quinnipiac Gorge Trail, once the Meriden and Waterbury Railroad, abandoned in 1924


Sleeping Giant State Park is on your left; you can clearly see the Giant's head and torso






Ride description:  Wu-New150

Route sheet:  RS-New150


Ride submitted by:  Tom Ebersold, 9/1/07 (updated 11/16/09)




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