CBES 27th Between the Waters Bike Tour

CBES 27th Between the Waters Bike Tour
Posted on 10/26/2019
27th Between the Waters Bike Tour flyer
CBES Between the Waters Bike Tour artwork done by Bethany Simpson

The 27th Annual CBES Between the Waters Bike Tour is Saturday, October 26, 2019. This year's ride has been sold out at 1000 riders! There are 4 routes: 25-40-60-100 miles. All routes start and end at the Exmore Town Park. Welcome to Northampton County,  bike tour participants!  We hope you have a great ride along our idyllic roads. 

Riders, want to discover more great trails in Northampton County for year round cycling? Please visit our Bikes and Hikes page on this website for information about the Southern Tip Bike and Hike Trail. 

Residents, please be extra-cautious for cyclists while travelling along the tour routes on Saturday.  

Pedal to Protect the Shore

The Between the Waters Bike Tour began 27 years ago to raise awareness and funds for the organization, Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore (CBES).
About CBES or Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore
 "For nearly three decades, our grassroots organization has been committed to a sustainable future for the Shore we love. As an advocate for open government, we provide the tools and information that give our diverse membership a strong, unified voice on the issues that impact our quality of life as we work together for a better Eastern Shore." 

Please visit the CBES website for more information: http://cbes.org/index.html

Cyclists on the bike tourAbout the Bike Tour:
"Tucked between Bay & Sea, revel in the longest stretch of natural coastline remaining on the east coast.
The vintage railroad town of Exmore welcomes cyclists to venture along golden marshes, pastoral fields, and through hidden, seaside & bayside hamlets. Come share our shores!

For hobbyists to uber cyclists - 4 ROUTES: 25-40-60-100 Miles

Held 4th Saturday of October - Email info@cbes.org to be on 2020 Tour Notification List
Routes/Maps etc. will be posted in near future. Check back and look for Bike Tour emails for further info. ​"

For more information about the bike tour please visit the CBES website.

Photo courtesy of CBES Facebook Page

About Exmore Town Park:

Exmore Town Social

The Town of Exmore, VA, "Treasure of the Eastern Shore,"  is the host town for this event.
Registered riders will meet early on Saturday morning at Exmore Town Park to pick up their packets. The park is located on Main St. in Exmore. Follow the signs for parking.
Please visit our Parks page on this website for more information about Exmore Town Park. 

Bike Repair Stations

Bike repair station

Northampton County has two public bike repair stations, one is located along the Southern Tip Bike and Hike Trail and the other is in Cheriton outside the DMV office. Please visit our Public-Use Bike Repair Stations page for more information.

Morley's Wharf

Welcome to Morley's Wharf

One of the rest stops on the tour is at scenic Morley's Wharf on Occohannock Creek. It is owned and maintained by Northampton County and is open to the public. 

Morley’s Wharf has a large fishing pier, sanitary facilities, a floating dock and a floating/fixed combination dock. The Morley’s Wharf Fishing Pier is free and open to the public. A saltwater fishing license is not required to fish from the pier. The license fee is paid by Northampton County. 

Please visit our Fishing Piers page for more information about Morley's Wharf and other public piers in the County. 

Willis Wharf

Willis Wharf H.M. Terry

For bike tour participants on the longer ride routes, Willis Wharf will be one of the areas to explore. Willis Wharf is a working waterfront village with much history behind it. Many of the houses were barged over from the community of Broadwater on Hog Island after the residents fled the Barrier Islands due to increasingly devastating storms.

The history of the Barrier Islands and its residents can be explored on our pages:

Barrier Islands Center
What's a Barrier Island

The Willis Wharf Overlook is an ideal place to catch a glimpse of returning watermen or shorebirds fishing the marshes.  Please visit the Birding Eastern Shore website to learn more about the Willis Wharf Overlook and why the Eastern Shore is critical to birding migrations. Want to learn more about the fall migration? Read The Fall Migration in Northampton County from our news page. 

Between the Waters Bike Tour artwork done by local artist, Bethany Simpson

Bike Tour 2019 Painting Bethany Simpson

As you ride along the back roads among the fields and waterways, you'll begin to understand why we say, "You'll Love Our Nature." Nature has a way of inspiring. The Eastern Shore is a vibrant community of artists, artisans, musicians, makers, entrepreneurs, farmers, watermen, environmental advocates, teachers, historians, builders and families. 

Artist, Bethany Simpson has captured the spirit of the Eastern Shore in her colorful paintings of life around the Shore. "My inspiration comes from all around me. I paint the way I see things. In particular, the Eastern Shore inspires my work with happiness, vibrancy, life, and movement, much like the changing tides," says Simpson in her artist statement. 

CBES will be raffling off the original painting of the artwork seen on the poster and T-shirts. For more information about Bethany Simpson and her work please visit her Facebook page and Lemon Tree Gallery where she is a resident artist. 
To buy a raffle ticket, please visit the CBES website. 
Also be sure to visit our Free Art and Culture pages for more information about local art and music. 

We hope you enjoy your stay in Northampton County! Please visit us again! 
For more things to see and do in the County visit our Visitors/Tourism pages. 

Tourism, Events, Attractions, Places to Stay
Free Things to See and Do in Northampton County

Happy Trails! 

Moonrise bikeride
Photo credit:William Dyas

Jean Flynn
Website Content Coordinator
Northampton County, VA