Hespeler Village-Mill Run Trail Ride

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Total Distance: 14km

Experience Level: Beginner/Intermediate, due to ride being almost entirely on a hard-packed dirt and stone-dust rail trail (72% unpaved trails, 28% paved roads). Hybrid, gravel, or mountain bike recommended.

Route Description: Enjoy a pleasant out-and-back trail ride on the Mill Run Trail along the Speed River which flows into the Grand River. Named after the channel of free-flowing water that powers the waterwheel of a mill, riders will enjoy exploring this forested, hard-packed rail trail with plenty of river views and crossings to enjoy. From a pedestrian bridge enroute riders can view the remains of a dam and the mill run that powered Pattison’s Mill. Starting and ending in Hespeler Village, a historic village part of the city of Cambridge, enjoy the historic buildings and setting of the bicycle friendly business area, with multiple craft breweries, restaurants and plenty of interesting sights to check out, including the Fashion History Museum, recognized as one of the finest collections in Canada.

Parking: There is free 12 hour parking in the James Street Church Lot in Hespeler Village except on Sundays. There is free 3 hour parking 7 days a week on the south side of Sheffield Street, which is on the north side of the Speed River. Or if you’re starting from the west end of the route, there will be adequate parking at Riverside Park.

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