Right to Ramble
East to West.
Tweed to Bonarlaw
Total: 14.5 km
1) Tweed (Hwy #37) to Hwy #62
Total (Tweed): 14.5 km
#37 in Tweed,
just south of the Heritage Centre on
the east side of the road through to the Rapids Road, on to Drag
Lake (7.8 km from Tweed) to Douglas Road to Highway #62.
The moon, caught in the trees on a frosty night on the Trans-Canada Trail
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is a varied part of the trail, running
through hardwood and softwood bush and marsh with fields providing an
constant background on the south side and much of the north side.
run beside or under the trail at points. The marsh area is particularly
interesting, as the old rail bed is considerably raised up and provides
A welcome bend in the trail. Keep
your eye on the great scenery so the straight
stretches don't get you down
There is an almost
incline from east to west and this walk is flat and easy. In the winter
pack the snow and a trail groomer passes over sections after
snowfalls.. Winter or summer, this is a very pleasant section of trail.
bench faces the east end of Drag Lake. There are a few more along the
way, as well as a "memorial picnic area." In the summer, Drag Lake is a
good place to stop for a picnic.
are a few graceful bends in the
railbed, but overall it’s pretty straight. The trail crosses Rapids
Road just a hair short of 5 kilometres and continues another 2.5
kilometres to Drag Lake, with lots of open marsh to give fair warning
of the little lake to come. At Drag lake, there is a cabin (with a
street light outside, no less!), some old ice huts on the shore, a
couple of dilapidated trailers and other assorted shacks.
Cattle brave the snow and the
cold, just off the trail.
Well-placed benches faces
the lake where you can take a break and contemplate the lake, and
there' a "memorial picnic area" on the east end of the lake.
are some intriguing side trails off into the bush that deserve some
investigation. On the map, there are also interesting names of
settlements in times gone by: Buller, Buller Siding and Lodgeroom
Corners. They are largely dots on the map now, but must have some
history that is worth digging out.
Drag Lake, there are some really good views of the surrounding
marshland. The old rail bed rides above it. Unfortunately, the trail
has some extremely straight stretches here as well. After the
marshland, the trail cuts through rock and you lose a bit of what is
going on on either side for a brief bit.
and ATVs are allowed in this
section and this greatly reduces the walk’s attraction. As I walked
away from Tweed, there was a frequent buzzing of snowmobiles. When I
last walked the trail, a pack of six or seven snowmobiles roared by at
leaving a foul stench of pollutants in their wake, which hung in the
air for a
good 20 minutes. If you
have pets (the signs say you should have them on a leash)A further .8 km. gets you to the Hastings
Heritage Trail or children,
be dangerous. Just a week before I walked the section
2009, a jogger had been
hit by a snowmobile and taken to
sign says it all. "Multi-use" trails that involve vehicles are not
for walkers, bikers or
horse riders. Notice the biker who is just about
Walked: January 17, 18, 30, 2009
Photos: , 17,18,30, 2009
2) Highway #62 to Spring Brook
Running total (Tweed): 24.5 kilometres
a slight curve just after Highway #62, the trail continues straight for
2 kilometres. There are some interesting marshes on both sides of the
trail, and a large pond appears on the north side at just under a
kilometre. This is part of a number of creeks and marshes that
eventually empty into Rawdon Creek, which empties into the|Trent River,
which runs through Trenton into Lake Ontario. If you stand on the
little overpass watching the water run southward from the pond, imagine
it making its way to the lake... another thread that connects the land
and water. Conversely, when walking on the lakefront, I'll stop
somewhere as a big river flows by and remember little ponds like these.
over two kilometres from the highway, you'll notice a quaint gate on
the north side, with a metal railroad crossing sign on the right side.
The gate is locked and the land is private. Beyond the gate, a pleasant
loop trail of just over 600 metres leads near a couple of houses; if
you head immediately right (east) you will curve around north until you
see the houses. You can avoid the houses by cutting through some brush
to within a couple of dozen feet from a field, where you loop back
south again across a tiny bridge and back to the gate. It's private
land. Be discrete and steer clear of the houses. Your call.
before Wood Road, the trail curves slightly (yay!) and there's a pond
to the south, with a berm running along its north side holding the
water in. One of my topo maps notes a "liquids depot\dump"
of this pond around the juncture of Twiddy and Ray roads. I'm not sure
what that is, but it doesn't sound good. I hope the pond is not
connected to it. There's an area of water fenced in just off the tracks
and a duck blind farther along the shore.
after you cross Wood Road, you will cross Twiddy Road. Here, a barrel
holds one of the mini trail stop signs. At the top of the
is all kinds of garbage. Just after Twiddy Road you will reach the 120
kilometre point for the entire trail from Sharbot Lake
seven kilometres to Spring Brook Road is very interesting, with all
kinds of terrain on either side, unfortunately, after a nice little
curve just after Twiddy road, there's almost six kilometres of straight
rail bed. Luckily, there was a mist floating about on the day I walked
it. Otherwise the trail disappearing to a distant point would be
After a mix of wood and field and a well-kept barn
off to the south, the trail rides high above marsh on the right and a
wet field on the left, with a man-made creek running through the
middle at the 121-kilometre point.
The trail then returns to a
mix of hardwood and softwood as the bed levels with the rest of the
land, with lots of wets spots in the forest at this time of year
(March) at least, before returning to the forest-field combination. A
couple of little two-track roads come in at points.
the 123-kilometre point, the trail meets with my Eastward Vishwawalking
trek, which I did on 2005. off to the left is an old windmill I
recognized from the last time I was here.
The trail bed of mud
and sand is easy to walk on if a bit mushy in March. Despite the wet,
the trail in this section was pretty dry. The trail crosses Squire Road
and takes a little curve to the north before it reaches Spring Brook
Road at about two kilometres east of Spring Brook.
March 10, 29, 2009
3) Spring Brook Road to Bonarlaw
(Hastings Heritage Trail)
Running total (Tweed): 28.8
next section I walked as part of an eastward Vishwawalk, as noted
above. I walked it in 2005.
6, 2005 was a
beautiful day — warm enough for shirtsleeves, but there was still some
snow in the
woods and in some of the marshes. Before setting off, I read a section
of Deleuze and Guattari’s
to chew on while I walked: “ A schizophrenic out for a walk is a
better model than a neurotic lying on the analyst’s couch” (p. 2).
they refer to a character of Buchner’s, Lenz, who feels cloistered by
pastor who keeps him physically confined while forcing him to situate
“socially, in relationship to the God of established religion, in
to his father, to his mother. While taking a stroll outdoors, on the
hand, he is in the mountains, amid falling snowflakes, with other gods
without any gods at all, without a family, without a father or a
But enough of
the literary musings; the day was a fine one to affirm one’s animal
nature and to make some
The rail bed is
very straight, but there’s a beautiful mix of countryside here: fields,
and marsh. I saw a whole array of animals coming out to enjoy the
ducks, geese, blackbirds, red-wing blackbirds, a partridge strutting
across the trail, a turkey vulture sitting on a barn gracefully gliding
check me out, and a couple of smaller birds I can’t identify. A horse
farm on the
east side kicked things off at Spring Brook Road, followed shortly by a
of cattle lapping up the sun on the west side. On the east side, an
canal system was draining the field.
There were at
least two old wooden
boxes along this stretch that once had power connected to them, but now
only the posts and
disintegrating wooden cases remain.
Nearing Williams Rd.,
I came upon two
muskrats playing in the marsh. The rail bed allows you to pry on marsh
and keep your feet dry. They looked like a young pair, roughhousing in
water quite vigorously. At one point they were on their hind legs
another, one came flying in from the right with a big splash landing on
close to her/his partner. Quite a show.
Road comes in from County Road #14 on the left and runs to a
end where Lindalane Farms, featuring Angus cattle, can be found.
The rail bed then crosses Bateman Rd.
before meeting Stirling Marmora Rd.
(old Hwy #14) (3.5 km.), just above St. Marks Rd. and just below
at #14 to take a look at St, Mark's Anglican church. It was built in
1933. An earlier St. Marks was built in the 19th century, perhaps on
the same site, or perhaps a short distance away. I could find no
definitive online history of the church. At Hastings County Atlas
, a note
beside a photograph of the church reads: "Built in the Revival Gothic
style of the latter half of the 19th
century, the building features random-coursed ashlar walls, lancet
arches over window and door openings and a tower with a crenellated
parapet." A photograph,
in the Toronto Public Library's digital collection,
purportedly from around 1910 shows a church virtually
to the present one, so much so, I'd question either the cornerstone
(1933) or the library's dating of the old picture.
A further .8
km. from #14 gets you to the Hastings
Heritage Trail, which comes up on the left from the south at an angle
and heads off
to the right. Our westward bound journey on the Trans Canada makes a
brief switch here to the southbound Hastings Heritage Trail so we can
connect with the westbound Trans Canada into Campbellford.
Click on the Bonarlaw
to Campbellford section to continue to the next
section of the Trans Canada Trail.
April 6, 2005
There's lots to see.
Beautiful and varied countryside.
Easy planning (lots of crossroads).
Dangerous ATVs and snowmobiles.
Foul, unhealthy smell when vehicles pass.
The gravelly walking surface is monotonous.
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