Circle of Greens Bike Tour
Mileage: 29.3 miles roundtrip Shortened Option: 17 miles
PARKING: Litchfield Town Hall on Rte. 202 west of the Green, Litchfield. Extended parking is not available on the Litchfield Green.
Terrain: Rolling, hilly and flat are the basic characteristic's of the terrain on this ride. Parts of this route are lightly traveled, however, extra caution is advised in the center of Litchfield and along Rte. 202.
Extra caution is also advised on all back roads on this circuit because they are narrow and winding with several tricky descents and no shoulders. There are several steep uphill climbs along Rte. 132 and one short climb along Rte. 109 to the center of Morris.
This circuit combines unspoiled pastoral landscapes with four timeless village greens, from bucolic to country classic, and stately; each offers a unique glimpse into the town's past and reflects its future.
Along the way, you will cycle along the shoreline of the bass bountiful waters of Bantam Lake, Connecticut's largest natural lake, and pass through breezy expanses, verdant in summer and smoldering with the seasonal fire colors of autumn.
If time allows, explore each village center and the historic points of interest you will find along the way including- the Morris Historical Society's one-room schoolhouse, Bethlehem's Historical Society and the Bellamy- Ferriday House and Garden, and the Tapping Reeve House, Law School and Historical Society in Litchfield.
If you want to shorten the circuit to 17 miles, take Rte. 61 north in the center of Morris, to Rte. 63 north to Litchfield Center.
0.0 From Town Hall in Litchfield Center, take a right onto Rte. 202 west.
0.6 Take a right onto Milton Rd.
2.5 At the intersection of Milton Rd. and Maple St., take a right onto Maple Street.
2.6 At the first fork, take a left, back onto Milton Rd. enroute to Milton's bucolic village green.
3.8 Enter Milton Historic District.
4.4 At the Milton Green, take a left and continue on Milton Rd., crossing Potash Rd. If time allows, explore the village green area.
4.5 At the intersection of Headquarters Rd. and Milton Rd., continue on Milton Rd. through the Historic District.
4.7 At the fork of Milton Rd. and Sawmill Rd., take a left onto Sawmill Rd., which is a narrow country lane.
5.7 At the intersection of Sawmill Rd. and Headquarters Rd., turn right, onto Headquarters Rd., climbing one hill.
6.4 Take a left onto Litwin Rd., a narrow country lane, caution is advised.
6.5 Take a right onto Cathole Rd., a narrow country lane with several descending hills and one steep hill to climb.
8.7 At the intersection of Cathole Rd. and Rte. 202, take a left onto Rte. 202 east to Bantam. As you ride along this stretch of road, you will notice that there are very few trees in this area. The center of Bantam was devastated by a tornado several years ago.
9.3 In the center of Bantam, at the junction of Rte. 202 and Rte. 209, take a right onto to Rte. 209 south for a ride around Bantam Lake.
12.2 At the junction of Rte. 109 and Rte. 209, take a left onto Rte. 109 to Morris Center. This portion of Rte. 109 has gently rolling terrain and one steep but short climb.
13.8 In the center of Morris, at the junction of Rte. 61 and Rte. 109, take a right onto Rte. 61 south to Bethlehem. Before leaving Morris, take time to explore this quintessential New England village.
At the junction of Rte. 109 and Rte. 61 in Morris center, take a left onto North Street (Rte. 61 north). In 0.2 of a mile, at the fork in the road, bear right onto County Rd. which is Rte. 61 north and follow for for 2 miles. At the junction of Rte. 61 and Rte. 63, take a left onto Rte. 63 north and follow for 2 miles to Litchfield's Historic District.
At the junction of Rte. 63 and Rte. 202 in Litchfield Center, take a left onto Rte. 202 west and follow for one mile to Town Hall where this tour began. This option shortens the ride to 17 miles.
16.9 Enter the Historic Bethlehem District.
17.2 Facing Bethlehem's classic village green, at the intersection of Rte. 61 and Rte. 132, take a left onto Rte.132. If time allows, explore the village green area and Bethlehem's historic homes before heading out on Rte. 132, which has rolling pastoral terrain, including several short, but challenging climbs.
21.3 At the junction of Rte. 132 and Rte. 63, take a left onto Rte. 63 north heading towards East Morris.
24.7 At the junction of Rte. 109 and Rte. 63 in East Morris, continue on Rte. 63 north towards Litchfield's Historic District.
29.3 Arrive at Town Hall, on Rte. 202, where this loop began.