Right to Ramble
This old United Church on Moneymore Road is now a private home. February 9, 2005
Corpus Mundi (Thomasburg) Eastward (1)
Leg One: Thomasburg, Ontario, just east of Highway #37, 25 kilometres north of Belleville, to Frontenac Park
This leg has been broken down into sections that can be walked in a few hours, including the return walk. The number of kilometres is noted first followed by a "running total" from Thomasburg to the end of the section described. The "description" date notes the date that the walk was made and described. Updates on walks are noted where applicable.For more photos of Thomasburg to the Menzel Reserve area click here, or click on any photo.
Section total: 3 kilometres
From Thomasburg, cross the
highway by the gas station onto the
Sign at entrance to Vanderwater
A better way
to get from
Vanderwater Park entrance
There are several trails you can take to get to the back of the park; the road is the shortest, but also the least interesting. If you take one of the woods trails, add a bit more distance to the six kilometres noted.
Follow the trail along the ridge above the road. About halfway through the park, it will go under some hydro lines.
Eventually it winds down a hill to a road. Turn sharp left at the road and almost immediately turn left again (don’t go down the hill to the river). Walk down a slight grade to where the path opens up a bit and there is a bit of rubbish lying around. Take the trail to the left. You will come to a fork; stay left and follow the trail as it winds uphill and you'll see a few houses and their back yards to your left..
The trail eventually comes out on the
See the Vanderwater Park pages for a more detailed description of possible trails you can take in this section.
Rating (Vanderwater overall): Easy to Medium
Description: February 5, 2005
Last Walked: December, 2008
3) Junction of
About two and a half
kilometres down the road, you'll come to Moneymore Orange Lodge, built
in 1864. It is
pretty dilapidated. The stove at left is inside the lodge.
There is one steep but not very
long hill as you travel
eastward from the lodge. At the bottom of the hill, you can see a part
of the marshland
that connects to Parks Creek, which we’ll cross on subsequent walks.
There are some interesting
farms along the way, some very stony fields and some bush.
There used to be a sign reading "Cheese Factory Lane" a the point that the lane heads off to the south. Shortly after I walked the area in 2005, the sign was broken and lay in the ditch for some time before it disappeared. There's nothing to mark it now, so watch carefully as you come over a little rise in the road. As it drops, you'll see a rough road with an iron gate thirty or forty feet from the road.
In these parts, there’s a
difference between a lane and a road. A road is public, A lane is
or it's public but the municipality has not recognized it as a road it
maintain. On my map, the road reads as "Old Cheese Factory Road."
Description: February 7 and 9, 2005
Update: January, 2009
After about 1.6 km., jog to
the west ( right) for .9 km. then south again 1.5 km. on
This is a keeper of a walk. It’s a
snowmobile trail, with evidence of
snowmobilers and perhaps ATVs, but I didn’t meet any, so all went well.
There is a tire
dump just at the end of the jog heading south again. But for that, it’s
beautiful point in the trail. It looks like the jog, which makes up
part of the
I saw two deer on the
(but wet spots early in the trail can be a problem)
Description: February 10, 2005
Junction of Naphan and
Total: 6.1 kilometres Running total: 26.4 kilometres
From Naphan (it’s on the map as a
community, but there’s only a couple of houses near the junction) walk
2.2 kilometres to
Description: February 11, 2005
For more on this reserve, see my
description of the park in the link above or see the accompanying
This is definitely a winter walk as much of it winds through marsh which would be impossible to negotiate in the summer. I did the bit to Mud Lake with my wife, Carol, and my dog Ziggy.
Starting at the western entrance (purple gate) the trail heads eastward through a planted cedar forest, before winding to the right. A small lake appears at the .6 km. point, where there’s a large trailer with a bed, stove, fridge, toilet, all in bad repair. Also there's an RV, where people have slept in summers past, again in bad repair. Some pretty big heavy machinery: a crane, a couple of trucks and two docks, one large one stuck in the ice, another flipped up just above the water line. My dog, Ziggy, was excited by what was probably a rabbit hiding under the smaller dock.
The trail behind the trailer goes up .5 km. to what looks like a small gravel pit which hasn’t been mined for some time, you'll run into an east-west trail. Travelling .5 km. eastward, the trail meets a north-south trail. Travel south, through cedar bush then open marshy scrub, about 1 km.
You must cut sharp right just before the main trial heads into a cedar forest. (We overshot the trail heading southeast just before the main trail goes back into cedar forest. After walking about half a kilometre, we met a family heading south(west) on two ATVs. They told us we had overshot the Mud Lake trail. )
The little trail heading off to the left is not well travelled, although an ATV or snowmobile must have done it a couple of snowfalls ago. It moves through marshy terrain, probably impossible to cover any other time of the year. This trail opens onto the creek indicated on the map midway down the west
It was a beautiful sunny day, only a few degrees above freezing. There was not a soul on the lake and snowmobiles and ATVs are not allowed in the actual reserve property of 2100 acres.
(We turned back at this point at about to catch the last light of the day. It's about 4.1 km. one way, although we added quite a bit more if we had counted the overshoot and the messing about on both lakes.)
To continue from where we left off on the west shore of Mud Lake: Walk across the lake to the clearing where the trail meets the lake, about .7 km. On the day I walked it (this time solo), the temperature was above freezing and the ice was covered in two or three inches of water. Not the most pleasant of walking conditions (very slippy and my pant legs got soaked) and there was a bit of a breeze out of the west to push me along.
From here, there's a trail that
Update: In July of 2008, the park opened a "new" trail from the gate to the lake. The trail I took in 2005, which was basically an old road, has been radically spruced up, with two wide boardwalks over particularly wet areas, numerous explanatory signs and other amenities. It's still a no-facility park, but the trail is much better and there's an excellent brochure describing the fen that makes up the park. See my description of the Menzel Reserve for more detailed information.
For the Ontario Provincial Parks link to its Menzel Park page, click here.
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Description: February 13 and 15, 2005Home | Contact Us | Site Map
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