Shawmont Running Club
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Links & Routes

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ROUTES:

The location known as Harper's Meadow (aka, "The Stables") is just above the intersection of Northwestern & Andorra Roads (2 blocks south of ChestnutHillCollege) at the north-west end of Fairmount Park.  Forbidden Drive is a wide footpath (gravel, no cars allowed) that follows the Wissahickon Creek downstream from Harper's Meadow to Lincoln Drive.  An extension to Forbidden

Drive follows the Creek from Lincoln Drive to the SchuylkillRiver at Ridge Avenue (at the PhiladelphiaCanoe Club).

 

"CANOE CLUB" LOOP - 13 miles
SOUTH from Northwestern & Andorra Rds (Harper's Meadow) along Forbidden Drive to Lincoln Drive - 5.25 miles
RIGHT onto Bike Path to Ridge Ave - 1.25 mile
REVERSE what you just did - 6.5 miles

 

"VANILLA SHAWMONT" LOOP -- 14 miles
SOUTH from Northwestern & Andorra Rds (Harper's Meadow) along Forbidden Drive to Lincoln Drive - 5.25 miles
RIGHT onto Bike Path to Ridge Ave - 1.25 mile
RIGHT on Ridge Ave - 0.1 miles
BEAR LEFT onto Main Street into Manayunk - 1 mile
LEFT then RIGHT onto Manayunk Canal Tow Path near Manayunk Farmers Market - 2 miles
RIGHT onto cobblestone ramp (end of Tow Path) up to RR crossing < 0.1 miles
CROSS tracks and follow left bend to Shawmont Ave < 0.1 miles
RIGHT onto Shawmont Ave - 1 mile (** All Hill!  All The Time! **)
LEFT onto Ridge Ave - 2.5 miles
RIGHT onto Park Ave (hop over guard rail) - 0.1 miles
RIGHT onto Andorra Rd to return down hill to Harper's Meadow - 1 mile

 

"SHAWMONT-MANOR" LOOP -- 16.5 miles
SOUTH from Northwestern & Andorra Rds (Harper's Meadow) along Forbidden Drive to Lincoln Drive - 5.25 miles
RIGHT onto Bike Path to Ridge Ave - 1.25 mile
RIGHT on Ridge Ave - 0.1 miles
BEAR LEFT onto Main Street into Manayunk - 1 mile
LEFT then RIGHT onto Manayunk Canal Tow Path near Manayunk Farmers Market - 2 miles
RIGHT onto cobblestone ramp (end of Tow Path) up to RR crossing < 0.1 miles
CROSS tracks and follow left bend to Shawmont Ave < 0.1 miles
RIGHT onto Shawmont Ave to Ridge Ave - 1 mile (** All Hill!  All The Time! **)
GO BACK down Shawmont Ave to Eva Street < 0.1 miles
RIGHT onto Eva Street - 0.4 miles
LEFT onto Port Royal Ave - 0.9 miles (down the hill crossing the cobblestones)
RIGHT onto River Road - 1.2 miles
RIGHT onto Manor Road -- 1.6 miles UP HILL!
LEFT onto Ridge Ave - 0.5 miles
RIGHT onto Park Ave (hop over guard rail) - 0.1 miles
RIGHT onto Andorra Rd to return down hill to Harper's Meadow - 1 mile

 

"SHAWMONT-EVA" LOOP -- 14.6 miles
SOUTH from Northwestern & Andorra Rds (Harper's Meadow) along Forbidden Drive to Lincoln Drive - 5.25 miles
RIGHT onto Bike Path to Ridge Ave - 1.25 mile
RIGHT on Ridge Ave - 0.1 miles
BEAR LEFT onto Main Street into Manayunk - 1 mile
LEFT then RIGHT onto Manayunk Canal Tow Path near Manayunk Farmers Market - 2 miles
RIGHT onto cobblestone ramp (end of Tow Path) up to RR crossing < 0.1 miles
CROSS tracks and follow left bend to Shawmont Ave < 0.1 miles
RIGHT onto Shawmont Ave to Ridge Ave - 1 mile (** All Hill!  All The Time! **)
GO BACK down Shawmont Ave to Eva Street < 0.1 miles
RIGHT onto Eva Street - 0.4 miles
RIGHT onto Port Royal Ave - 0.1 miles
LEFT onto Hagys Mill Road - 0.6 miles
RIGHT onto Spring Lane - 0.7 miles
LEFT onto Ridge Ave - 1 mile
RIGHT onto Park Ave (hop over guard rail) - 0.1 miles
RIGHT onto Andorra Rd to return down hill to Harper's Meadow - 1 mile

 

"ART MUSEUM" LOOP -- A Philadelphia Classic -- 24 miles
SOUTH from Northwestern & Andorra Rds (Harper's Meadow) along Forbidden Drive to Lincoln Drive - 5.25 miles
RIGHT onto Bike Path to Ridge Ave - 1.25 mile
LEFT onto Ridge Ave (at Philadelphia Canoe Club) < 0.1 miles
RIGHT onto Kelly Drive and along Schuylkill River to Philadelphia Art Museum - 5.5 miles
around the FRONT of the Art Museum at Eakins Oval to West River Drive
FOLLOW West River Drive along Schuylkill River to Falls Bridge - 4.2 miles
RIGHT over bridge to Kelly Drive (to begin the route in reverse) - 0.1 miles
LEFT onto Kelly Drive to Ridge Ave - 1 mile
LEFT on Ridge to light at Philadelphia Canoe Club < 0.1 miles
RIGHT onto Bike Path to Lincoln Drive - 1.25 mile
LEFT onto Forbidden Drive and back to Northwestern & Andorra Rds - 5.25 miles

 

"RIVER LOOP" - "A Philadelphia Classic" - 8.4 miles
The continuous Foot/Bike path from the Falls Bridge south on Kelly Drive (toward the city), around the front of the Philadelphia Art Museum (Eakins Oval), and onto the West River Drive that completes the loop back to the Falls Bridge.

 

SAFE RUNNING & BIKING IN THE CITY:
West River Drive is CLOSED to all vehicles from Sweet Brier Rd to the Falls Bridge from April 1st through the end of October on Saturdays and Sundays, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

"TONY-MANOR" LOOP -- 15 miles
SOUTH from Northwestern & Andorra Rds (Harper's Meadow) along Forbidden Drive to Lincoln Drive - 5.25 miles
RIGHT onto Bike Path to Ridge Ave - 1.25 mile
RIGHT on Ridge Ave - 0.1 miles
BEAR LEFT onto Main Street into Manayunk - 1 mile
LEFT then RIGHT onto Manayunk Canal Tow Path near Manayunk Farmers Market - 2 miles
RIGHT onto cobblestone ramp (end of Tow Path) up to RR crossing < 0.1 miles
CROSS tracks and follow left bend to Shawmont Ave < 0.1 miles
CROSS Shawmont Ave onto Nixon Street - 0.3 miles
BEAR LEFT onto River Road - 1.2 miles
RIGHT onto Manor Road -- 1.6 miles UP HILL!
LEFT onto Ridge Ave - 0.5 miles
RIGHT onto Park Ave (hop over guard rail) - 0.1 miles
RIGHT onto Andorra Rd to return down hill to Harper's Meadow - 1 mile

 

FUTURE...

 

"SHAWMONT-WISES MILL" LOOP - 14 miles

 

"SHAWMONT-NORTHWESTERN" LOOP - 13.6 miles

 

"MIMI'S WINTER LOOP" - 6.2 miles

 

"KOTTLER WINTER LOOP" - 5.1 miles

"SCHOOL ROUTE"




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