Bike Riding in Chester County

Bike Path in Chester County

Spending an afternoon on the bike path in Chester County

I’ve always wanted to ride my bike. Growing up in the city of Philadelphia, riding bikes is a staple. It’s easy to do because the city is flat. It’s also flat down at the Jersey shore, where I also love to bike. In the rolling hills of Chester County, bike riding is more like work and this was something I wanted to do for fun. I’ve been hearing about this great bike path that you can access behind Church Farm School, so today, I put my bike in the car and headed out. I understand it’s about 5 miles from Church Farm School to the new Wegman’s on Route 29 so I put my RE/MAX baseball hat on and headed out.

I was told to park in the corporate park across from Church Farm School. I did this but I don’t recommend it because crossing over and biking to the entrance was a bit hairy. I’m not sure if it’s okay, but a safer bet would be to park in the Church Farm parking lot. Along the bike path, you’ll also see East Whiteland’s township building and their lot looked big enough that one or two more cars shouldn’t be a major problem, especially on the weekend. I got as far as Knickerbocker Lane in Malvern and my arthritic knees starting telling me that perhaps on my first try, I should quit while I was ahead. Heading toward Wegman’s the path seemed very flat. Heading back, it felt a little more uphill, but that may be because I was tired. I just Google mapped it and from where I started to Knickerbocker Lane is about 3 miles or so. Riding a total of 6 miles on my first try isn’t bad but I’m determined to get to Wegman’s if not the next time, then the time after that.

Click here to get to the map of the bike path that I took today. I understand you can access this bike path in many places, and since it was a Sunday, there were plenty of people around so it felt very safe to ride alone. During the week, during the day, you’ll probably want to ride with a friend.

Have fun. If parking in either of the lots mentioned is not okay, my apologies in advance.

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