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Tay Ridge Ramble (94km)

Location: Maberly, Lanark County, Ontario


Estimated Gravel Time: 90%


Route Map:


Distance: 94.3km (58.6 miles)


Suggested Tire Width: 40mm


Amenities: Maberly, the route’s official starting point, hosts a single general store. Otherwise

there are no other amenities on route.


Parking: Off-street parking can be found at the tennis courts in Maberly Park. Those choosing

to start from the eastern edge of the loop can park at the Tay-Havelock trailhead. Both parking

spots are located off-route. Those looking for parking directly on-route are best served by the

Zealand cemetery on the western portion of the loop.


Route Description:


Featuring a fantastic mix of exposed farmland gravel, rolling treelined dirt, and saucy

unmaintained, the Tay Ridge Ramble combines some of the best elements of the Hopetown

Hoedown (Bronco Edition) and the Tay Valley Traverse into arguably my favourite loop of 2022.

11th Line South Sherbrooke

Starting from the village of Maberly, proceed north on Elphin-Maberly Rd. towards the start of

the loop at 11th Line South Sherbrooke. Make a left here to follow the route in a clockwise

direction, as it will ensure that the rowdiest section of unmaintained along Bathurst Line Rd. is

tackled downhill.

Zealand United Church Cemetery

Proceed west along 11th Line as the gravel transitions quickly from firm exposed dirt to easy to

navigate unmaintained, before eventually descending to Zealand Rd. Following a jaunt on this

quiet section of country pavement, return to dirt via Bell Line Rd. just after the Zealand

United Church Cemetery. This pristine stretch of gravel continues for just over 5km, past the K&P Trail, to Conroy Rd.

Over the Hills Rd.
Barn foundation prior to Ardoch Rd.

From here head north, staying mostly on dirt for the next 8km, ascending via a series of short but punchy climbs (along the aptly named Over the Hills Rd.) to Ardoch Rd. Make a right and remain on pavement before crossing Road 509 to Clarendon Rd., returning to gravel as the route descend along some gorgeous single-lane dirt for the next 7km.

A gorgeous section of single lane gravel via Kingston Line Rd.

Stay on Kingston Line Rd. to Elphin-Maberly Rd., where riders looking to shorten the loop will

have the option to head south back to the start in Maberly. Those continuing on the main route

will remain on dirt, eventually making a right towards Bathurst Line Rd. Having attempted the

loop clockwise, riders will now benefit by tackling this renowned segment of rowdy unmaintained

via an 11km descent.

Some of the legendary Bathurst Line Rd.

Upon reaching McDonald Corners Rd., make a right and continue on the paved shoulder to

Hunter Side Rd. Turn here and head south-east as the loop remains on a mix of mellow unmaintained and gravel for the next 6.5km to Harper Rd., the route’s last section of significant

asphalt.

Some of the mellow unmaintained along Hunter Side Rd.
Painted barn via Rutherford Side Rd.
Doran Side Rd.

Head right on 5th Line, leaving the pavement behind as the loop meanders along a series of

farmland and treelined gravel roads for 13km to Doran Rd. Yet another highlight in a loop full of

them, Doran Rd. is a fantastic 7km mix of gravel, single-lane dirt, and unmaintained. Upon

finishing the last segment of unmaintained, head north on Greer Rd. and remain predominantly

on gravel before returning to Elphin-Maberly Rd. and closing the loop.

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Neil Evans
Neil Evans
Oct 17, 2023

Question, for those that have ridden this? How were you able to access Bathurst west? We followed the gpx for this today, and at what would be about the 43km mark on the ridewithgps, we ran into a locked gate with no trespassing signs. We had to back track, go along Highland, and then down Concession 9 to get to Bathurst east. Is this a new locked gate since everyone else has done it?

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RideGravel.ca
RideGravel.ca
Oct 17, 2023
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Hi Neil. First I’m sorry to hear that. That’s the first I’ve heard about a gate as myself and many others have ridden that road several times without any issues and there are no "No Trespassing" signs visible.


I would wager that they closed the gate now during hunting season to prevent ATV traffic from disturbing the wildlife. Though that’s only an educated guess. I’ll note this in the route description.

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Philippe Daoust
Philippe Daoust
Aug 14, 2023

Fantastic route, the elevation gain shown by Ride with GPS is waaaaay off so it was a bit more challenging than expected. My Garmin showed over 1,250m.

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RideGravel.ca
RideGravel.ca
Aug 15, 2023
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Yeah. Sorry about that. Initially I listed the elevation profile in the route descriptions. But RwGPS is off by just a margin that I stopped doing it.

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tompyatt
Jun 19, 2023

People talk about how special California road is, but this Bathurst Line tops it. It’s the best I’ve come across in all these routes - extraordinary!


Given quite a bit is bordered by hunting camps, I might hesitate in the autumn but today (June) was just amazing - thanks for sharing!!


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RideGravel.ca
RideGravel.ca
Jun 19, 2023
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Bathurst Line Rd is certainly special. I would also recommend the Hopetown Hoedown (Bronco Edition) which incorporates this “road” as part of an exploration of some of the epic unmaintained dirt north-east of Dalhousie Lake :)

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Norman Cowan
Norman Cowan
May 23, 2023

Rode The Tay Ridge Ramble yesterday 23May2023. What a fantastic route, thanks Adrian. A couple of things to pass on…. Mosquitoes are in full force right now. RideWithGPS showed elevation as 377m however I started from Perth and my Garmin shows 1393m elevation. Despite a few mudholes Bathurst Line Road is my favorite section.

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RideGravel.ca
RideGravel.ca
May 24, 2023
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I spent the weekend at Christie Lake. You’re a brave man - the mosquitoes are the worst I’ve ever seen them!


And yes - I stopped mentioning the elevation profiles on these route descriptions once I realized how far off RideWithGPS was.

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