Explore Grey County's 2019 Maple Syrup Festivals
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Distance: 96 km
- Surface: Paved/short gravel
- Start: Durham Library
This lovely and quiet route features a nice mix of rolling hills and very pretty countryside through former mill towns along the Saugeen and its tributaries.. The Durham mill, built in 1909, is a short peddle across a boardwalk over the Saugeen River just south of the library, with the Durham Art Gallery across the street. Head east on Durham Rd. East, to Conc. 2, then left (north) to Edges Sdrd, left again (west), crossing Hwy 6 and continue on conc. 18 to Aberdeen, a former mill site on the Rocky Saugeen. Turn right (north) and work up to Conc. 6 for a straight run east, crossing Grey Rd 3, all the way to 5th Sdrd, where you turn left (south) and head towards Hanover. Continue straight through, past the Drive In to Conc 18, where you turn right, passing Saugeen Conservation to Grey Rd 10, and head south to Neustadt. This is about half way, time for a break, as you will be steadily climbing on the next leg. Heading south of Neustadt, make a left on Conc. 12 and make for Ayton, another pretty community with a historic grist mill on the Saugeen River. Take Grey Rd 9 east to Holstein, with a slight dogleg north crossing Hwy 9, and north and west to Sdrd 49, where you’ll turn north for 3 conc to take a left at Rd 26, and its downhill from here on! Soon you will pass Wilder Lake, and the clubhouse at Homestead Resort is a welcome break on your way back to Durham.
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