Late August and into September is prime time cycling season here in South Eastern Ontario. The days are usually a bit cooler and there is less humidity than earlier in the summer, making conditions just right to hop on your bike and enjoy a ride.
Lennox & Addington offers a full gamut of riding opportunities. Whether you’re looking for paved road cycling with wide shoulders, quiet gravel backroads, rail trails or mountain biking through the forest, your next cycling adventure awaits you here.
L&A County Trails
Our county roads are in terrific shape, and many are equipped with extended paved shoulders that provide added safety to riders. L&A’s County Trails cycling network has been in place for 15 years now and has been enjoyed by thousands of riders since debuting in 2005. The network encompasses 12 looping routes totaling nearly 600-kilometres of paved roadway that stretch from the shore of Lake Ontario north to Denbigh. Each loop offers a different look, with varying lengths and degrees of difficulty. More details about each of the loops is available here. You can request detailed itineraries that include turn-by-turn directions and ideas about fun to things to do when visiting in the area.
If you enjoy group cycling, be sure to check out the Discover L&A Ride. This 7th annual event is on September 9th. The 56-kilometre ride starts and ends at MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company in Bath and takes you on a fun adventure through southern Lennox & Addington, with rest stops at an apiary, a historic site, two wineries and more. Tickets are only $35 each and are selling very fast. If you’re interested, buy them soon before they’re gone. Learn more and reserve your space here.
L&A Backroad Rides
Earlier in 2023, a brand new self-guided cycling initiative was launched. Dubbed the Naturally L&A Backroad Rides, this 388km network of quiet country roads is perfect for wider tired cyclists that enjoy riding in areas with little vehicular traffic. The 10 loops take you to areas of Lennox & Addington that are well off the beaten path. They incorporate a combination of asphalt and gravel roads, and some of the routes are also along some popular rail trails that cut through L&A.
L&A Forest Trails, Flinton
In addition to road cycling, we’re are also a destination for mountain bike riders. The L&A Forest Trails were created with the desires of mountain bike riders in mind. In total, there are 10 kilometres of well-marked logging roads and single-track trails designed with bermed curves and elevations that incorporate the natural terrain of the forest. Find out more information about the L&A Forest Trails on our website. You can also request a map of the trails that you can download at home.