Leather Town Spin
Total Distance: 37km
The Ride: This 37 km Greenbelt ride is on quiet and well paved rural roads, passing bountiful farm fields, lush forests, and a variety of wetlands. Pop out into the town of Acton, skirting Fairy Lake, well known for fishing and accessible by canoe or kayak rentals from Prospect Park. Learn about Acton’s leather industry heritage that dates back to the early 1800s, with a stop at the Olde Hide House and Leathertown shop. Enjoy the countryside cruise back towards Georgetown, via Limehouse, where the nearby conservation area and walking trails take visitors through unique geological features and past the remains of kilns from the once thriving local lime industry. Return to Glen Williams where the bakery, pub, antique bookseller, riverside picnic area, arts centre, and studios all make for a welcome postride reception.
Experience Level: Easy to moderate, road ride. All roads are paved. Use caution on the shared road between Beamsville and Grimsby. Use a mix of paved shoulders and bike lanes coming into Grimsby along the Waterfront Trail. Take care along Main Street West towards Grimsby and watch for gravel debris along the road shoulders.
View digital route of tour – RideWithGPS.com
Day 1: – Glen Williams to Glen Williams 37km
Area services along this section of the route: Accommodations, cafés, restaurants, grocery stores, shopping, banking, bike shops, attractions, wineries, cideries and trails.
Setting out from the hamlet of Glen Williams, make sure time is put aside before or after the ride to explore this charming Credit River valley area or nearby Georgetown. Head East out of Glen Williams, crossing the Credit River and turn right onto Eight Line. After a left onto 22 Side Rd, do a right turn to head north on Sith Line. Continue the ride turning left on Side Road 32 and then a left onto Dublin Line towards Acton. A left turn on Mill St will bring you into the town of Acton with a rich history in leather production. Cycle through town and before turning right on Churchill Rd South. Continue your journey southwards on Fourth Line before connecting back onto 22 Side Rd following the route back towards the start.
Notes to Riders
This route is a suggested route only. All cyclists are responsible for their own safety. Always wear the proper safety gear when cycling, ride sensibly and abide by all laws. Each route should be evaluated by each individual cyclist based on their level of experience, comfort level in cycling on trails and roads, weather conditions, time of day, and any road obstacles. Take care riding along larger roads
Getting To/From Start: GO Transit to/from Georgetown or Acton.
Visitor Information: Use below to find out more about ride areas and plan an extra day or two to see more.
- Ontario By Bike – Halton Region
- Halton Region – www.halton.ca
- The Heart of Ontario – www.theheartofontario.com
As part of Canada’s 150th celebrations in 2017, Ontario 150 Celebrate by Bike connected fifteen communities across Ontario through cycling. Ride itineraries, events and cycling education in Bike Friendly Communities and Ontario By Bike ride destinations were developed and hosted to take advantage of the iconic Greenbelt Route and Great Lakes Waterfront Trail to strengthen communities and create cycling itineraries as a permanent legacy of Ontario 150. This initiative was a collaborative partnership between the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Ontario By Bike, and Share the Road Cycilng Coalition, building on two decades of investment in cycling infrastructure in Ontario. Check out the 15 legacy ride itineraries, and make plans to get out there to explore more of Ontario By Bike.