Right to Ramble
bed at Colebrook
Harrowsmitth to Sydenham (IGA parking lot).
Corpus Mundi (Thomasburg) Eastward (2)
Leg One continued: Thomasburg, Ontario, just east of
25 kilometres north of Belleville, to Frontenac Park
continues the first leg of my eastward
vishwawalking. 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 these sections
click here, or
click on any photo.
6) Roblin Road at the entrance to Menzel
to junction of County Road 12 and Buttermilk Falls Road.
total: 6.8 kilometres
Menzel Park to Brown's Sideroad: 100 metres
Brown's sideroad to County Road 12: 2.1 kilometres
County Road 12 to meeting with Glennelm Road: 1.4 kilometres
County Road #12 to railroad tracks: 1.2 kilometres
Railroad tracks back to County Road #12: 1.8 kilometres
Railroad tracks to Buttermilk Road: 210 metres
leaving Menzel Park, jog 100 metres westward down Roblin Road
to Brown's Sideroad. This will not be marked on the north side,
but you will see it clearly, running southward. A
straight 2.1 kilometres down Brown's Sideroad will get you to County
Road #12, between houses #1775 and #1779.
Sideroad, used by
snowmobiles and ATVs (two passed me going very slowly), cuts between
a bit of swamp. At the south end, it goes between two farmhouses. A
steer gazed at me from their pens beside the road. On the east side of
is Garnellan Farm, where a silent dog trotted our way, but couldn’t get
together to make it all the way before veering off. A pleasant and
walk, with a few gentle ups and downs. The temperature was above
freezing when I walked this bit, so it
was a bit slushy. I broke this section into two days. On the second
day, beautiful and sunny but much colder, things had frozen up a bit
more (about 12 Farenheit or -10 Centegrade) and it was easier to walk.
|A side trip:
Both my topo map and my road
map (MapArt Publishing 2000 edition) indicate there’s more road heading
the first jog at Glennelm road and County road #12, but there isn’t.
The topo indicates a trail and there must have
been one at some time, but it was many years ago, because it’s a bit of
to get through.
The road map says this is Cook’s Road and the topo
it’s more substantial at the east end, where there’s a farm or two. On
end, there are two rail fences (in rough shape) enclosing what must
have been a
trail at one time. After about a five-minute walk, the “trail” runs
creek which opens onto a large marsh area. There’s open water here even
time of year. I thoroughly soaked my left foot when I pushed through
at the edge of the marsh. I could clearly see the farm where there must
a walkable road, but there was no way around the marsh. This area in
particularly marshy, and many of the roads have flooding warnings. (
When I drove to this walk, I came in
on Shannon Rd.,
where a large section was posted as flooded.
The cold had frozen most of it, so it was not a problem.) This side
made for a short
pleasant walk on a
sunny day, but because of the marsh, this trail was a dead end for me.
was flipped up on shore, so the marsh must be open for some distance.
also a hunting stand at the edge of the marsh.
At Glennelm Road, County Road #12
veers right (south). About .4 km. along, it veers left again, but
take O’Connell Road
further .9 km. along you'll run into railroad track. Turn
left (east) here along the tracks and you can view the swamps on
both sides. At one section, where the water had frozen around the
trees, the ice was cracking loudly. There’s a small bridge about .5 km
upcoming intersection (County Road 12 again) and the water was going
quite a clip.
Turn right (south) at County Road
#12 to where Buttermilk Falls Road
meets County Road. 12: (.2 km). County Road 12
turns left here and Buttermilk Falls Road ends. Buttermilk
and County Road 12
follow Salmon River
at this point, and you can
get a glimpse of the river flowing down in the gully parallel with the
February 15, 18, 2005
7) Buttermilk Falls Road and County Road 12 to
Highway/Cty Rd. #41
Section total: 6
Junction to Forest Mills: 1.2 km
Forest Mills to little bridge: 1.6
Bridge to railroad: .7
Railroad to Roblindale: 2.5 km
From the junction, head east down
Rd 12. At the first turn down the hill, there is an old
concrete edifice with 1949 etched on it in
the side of a small cliff. I have no idea what it was for. A little
further on at the .6 km. point you'll see a dam on the Salmon River. It's a short walk
from there into Forest Mills, a
hamlet with a few scattered houses. One house on the corner before you
onto the bridge was once the village store; the remains of a sign still
into the road.
Once over bridge, turn left on Salmon River
The conservation area just over the bridge is just a little picnic
soon as you’re in it, you’re out of it again.
here, you pass farm houses fields and
bush. We (I walked this section with my son Matt) passed a large house
being built on the south side of the road. At about the 2.8 kilometre
point, you'll see a road leading to a little private bridge; it will
get you back over the Salmon River.
Once over the bridge, you'll have
two choices, left or right (very
roughly, heading off north-east or north west).
Head right up a slight hill through some cedar
bush and out into open field. Keep walking straight, keeping to the
left of the
field you enter. Keep straight through a second field to a fence, which
have to climb to get to the railroad tracks. We entered at a small rock
was an easy slide to the tracks.
Turn right (northwest) up tracks.
You'll cross the Salmon River again,
very shortly. Just over the bridge, we heard a train coming. There is a
side rails off to the right which had a train sitting on it. A
northeast passed us. We then moved on to the train sitting on the
which hadn’t moved since yesterday’s snowfall. We thought it was not an
“active” train, so we climbed to the top of a couple of cars and walked
metal walkway for a car length before coming down. (Not a recommended
activity, by the way; it's just part of our vishwawalking experience.)
We walked the length of the
train (on the ground), which was about 2 km. long, to find two engine
was capable of moving. No one seemed to be around, however, although
two cars at the little building by the tracks just off the highway. The
track section is 2.5 km long.
February 21, 2005
Station (Hwy./Cty Rd. #41) to Tesky Rd.
and road north of Centreville Road
(at entrance to private park: “Hell Holes, Nature Trails and Ravines.”
(North-south road from Centreville Road
to Hell Holes entrance is called Barrett’s
total: 3.7 km
At Roblindale Station, cross
the tracks to the south side where there is a road heading east to a
quarry. A short bit down the road, I had to climb a gate with “No
signs, signaling the entrance to the quarry. The quarry will soon be
there are several piles of aggregate in a large field and a big cement
structure in a rock face. I’ve no idea what the cement structure was
for — to
handle water, perhaps?
Head to the right of the incline
surrounding the quarry,
unless you want to explore the lower levels of the quarry first; it’s
impressive, in winter at least, ATVers and snowmobilers have been
here. On the right, there is a trail heading up a relatively steep
Follow it to the top.
Again, it’s well worthwhile to
check out the quarry; the
cliffs are pretty impressive, even if they are man-made. You can follow
quarry around a road at its outer edges at the top to get the full
Leash adventurous pets and watch the cliff edges – the drop is straight
When you’ve had enough, get back to
the original trail and continue to follow
it up to another gate. Follow the trail until you get to scrubby open
your left (north). Head left at this point. I followed the trail too
when I saw a farmhouse in the distance I had to double back. Heading
this point will mean traversing electric fences and backtracking a bit
fields. Better to bushwhack a bit early on (it’s pretty open terrain)
to coming upon a set of trails. They are part of the “Hell Holes,
Nature Trails and Ravines” park with occasional signs giving
kilometre lengths of trails. Again, keep walking in a north-easterly
If you get turned around a bit, it’s no real loss; there’s a veritable
warren of trails
Once on the trails, I kept the sun
at my back or to my right and walked
steadily. As I had already walked the trail from the north, I had an
what to look for, but the trails seem to lead in one concentrated
you pass a sign reading “Parking 1.2 kilometres, you’re set. Follow the
direction of the sign until it moves down a hill and intersects with a
allowance. You’ll know it when you see a trail heading off to the left
cedar fence on the right. Walk down around (to the north) of the fence,
the trail takes a sharp right. I assume it moves off into another
the private park. I cut around the fence and followed the fence line to
gates at the main road. The road allowance is a bit overgrown, but
Most of it travels between two cedar fences. Near the road, some trees
it and others have been felled, presumably to disguise the allowance
freeloaders wanting to get into the park without paying.
The park trails were a
delight to walk and I assume it would also be a great summer walk. I
deer and a pheasant in my travels. The private park is closed in
I’d be happy to pay something reasonable to ramble in the summer. Dire
signs (“Trespassers will be prosecuted”) are posted at the gate. Total:
kilometres, although if you’re like me, you’ll be wandering the trails
trying to sort directions out and just enjoying the terrain. However,
have to work to get lost. As long as you give yourself enough time,
Rating: Easy to moderate
Walked: February 23, 2005
Road (running north from Centreville Road), at entrance to Hell Holes Park, eastward to Cty. Rd. 27.
Section Total: 3.9
Running Total: 52.8
The first part of this road
is ploughed, but there are few vehicles. At bout the one kilometre
is a gate and the ploughed bit stops, but the trail continues. Very
Cedar bush at first. There’s a serious fence on the south side, with
angled away from the road, so it’s to keep something in. But what? Hope
it's not owned by a bunch of freaked out private-property hunter types
who fence themselves and their prey in. The fence
starts a short stretch from the start of the walk and continues up to
lines, where there’s a short break, and the fence head’s south. The
part starts in a couple of hundred feet, and continues for a while,
heading off to the south. A vehicle has travelled the inner bit. Hmmm…
A field is
on the left (north) partway along.
The trail runs mostly through cedar
forest, with little bits of
hardwood along the way. It's hardwood
at the junction of Cty. Rd. 27. Some garbage has been left just before
the junction. However,
this is nevertheless a very good walk. The straightness is compensated
by some gentle ups and downs.
The topo shows the trail as being dead straight, but it makes one right
turn near the east end to circumvent a hill, followed by a sharpish
drop. It's a nice
easy Sunday afternoon type of walk.
March 9, 2005
Road allowance (extension of
Barrett’s Road) and County Rd. 27, east to Dry Lake,
then south to Centreville
Section total: 4.3 kilometres
Running Total: 57.1 kilometres
Don’t fool yourself with this
one: the 4.3 km. is no indication of how much energy this walk might
because I got turned around, I put in a lot more kilometres than I have
Around the marshes and the lake, there are steep ravines, so while it’s
hard to bushwhack, you are up and down a lot. Still, this was a great
through mostly hardwood at first, and cedar near the end of the walk.
as explained below, is an extraordinary little body of water.
I did this section over
two days. For the
first time since February 3 (2005), when I started this Vishwawalk, I
two parts of a walk. Foiled! I walked from the road allowance and
County Road 27 and
followed a winding trail north-east along the south edge of an old
field and up
toward a marsh. The trial peters out at the crest of a hill, and you
the open marsh spread out to the northeast. Trouble is, I didn’t pay
attention: when I saw the marsh, I assumed it was Dry
despite confusing geography that didn’t line up with the topo (duh!). I
wandered around the southern part of the marsh, up and down ravines,
around, didn’t find the hut I was searching for (because it wasn’t
decided I’d approach Dry Lake from
the south and connect
the two walks. Of course, after I’d walked out again, and came in from
trail to the south, Dry Lake
wasn’t anything like
the marsh I’d been wandering around. A quick look at the topo explained
all. The hill I was
on is clearly demarcated, as
is the steep ravine to the south that I clambered up and down.
Therefore, on the
first day, after getting turned around on the first part of this
section, I walked the second part to Dry Lake before calling it quits.
I went back and linked up the sections a couple of days later.
So, on March 13, 2005 I made a
get to Dry
from County Road 27. As the crow
flies, it’s about 1.5 kilometres to Dry Lake from
County Road 27
and the road allowance. However, I once more got turned around and
inadvertently ended up exploring a large part of the area south of the
lake. By the map, I rambled bout for roughly 4 kilometres before I got
to the dilapidated Quonset hut at Dry Lake,
but with the ravines, the occasional thick brush, and my lack of a
walked considerably more than that, trying to orient myself. I somehow
south and ended up a few hundred yards from the intersection of Centreville
and County Road 27. I came out near a house on Centreville Road
thinking I was on County
Road 4 (the one that goes to Centreville) at Basswood Hill. The owner
house put me right and I walked west down Centreville Rd.
and turned up County Rd.
27, ready to try again. I cut eastward off the road at the point where
field end and cedar bush began, heading in a northeasterly direction.
wound about, found a pretty classy hunting cabin (with a sign, J.L.
and tried to use some trails which ATVs had used recently. Lesson:
don’t let comfortable
trails pull you away from the direction you want to go in.
There are quite a few ATV
trails running through these woods. Indeed, on my way driving to this
back, I was reminded that this is ATV country, with lots of 4-wheel
towing trailers containing one or two ATVs. Despite this, I didn’t run
any machines at all in my rambles in the bush today. In some areas
signs of activity: heavy machinery and logs lying about. In another
ATV crowd have left out a salt lick for the deer and from the tracks
snow, it looks like the deer have had a few good parties. There are
everywhere here and a few hunting towers; it must be pretty easy to pop
deer in this area.
My roundabout route aside, with me
mumbling “Where the hell am I?” to various various trees, this is an
area to explore. There are lots of ravines, marshy areas and other
and if you find Dry Lake it’s
effort. I saw lots of partridge and at least six deer.
thoroughly confused, to continue logically geographically, but to back
up a couple of days, to March 11, I walked in to Dry Lake from
Centreville Road in the south, then back out.
When I got to Dry Lake, I put on
quite a few kilometres (not
in the totals) exploring the lake and its surroundings, so if you want
this walk justice, add much more than the distances shown. The west
side of the
lake, after you’ve climbed the cliff, comes out on some flat and
open bush. In summer, I imagine it could be wet in this area.
The lake itself is quite
extraordinary. The ice seems to have collapsed as much as 20 feet, and
of the lake are mushy. I walked around the perimeter mostly, although I
venture to the island and across to the opposite shore, where there is
(at least I presume the wooden structure was a dock) with metal wheels,
to wheel into the water in summer months. Around the edge of the lake,
are mini crevasses, and I had to walk carefully so as to avoid stepping
couple of them. There’s a kind of land spit between the two sections of
little lake. It’s hard to imagine it with all the snow. There’s a ridge
most of the lake, which sits in an enclosed valley.
There’s a falling-apart
quonset hut above the cliff on the southeast shore of Dry
It has an exquisite little stone entrance at one side and a grand
The hut itself seems to be made of concrete with metal webbing of some
holding it together. Unfortunately, it’s falling apart. Near the edge
cliff going down to the water, at the back of the hut, there’s a brick
area. It looks like a well from a distance. It's solid, and looks like
built relatively recently. Inside there’s a fine hearth, loads of
an animal living in one of the cupboards under what was once a sink.
it’s in such a falling-apart state; it was/has the potential to be a
A trail leads away from the
hut and winds a bit through bush and some relatively open bits until
closer to the road. I saw a small deer cut across the trail at this
There are two houses sharing
a driveway which makes up the last part of the trail; I moved off to
(west) under some power lines to avoid walking too close to the homes.
Eventually, however, you have to move back to the road, somewhere near
house closest to the road. (Dry Lake to Centreville
Road is 2
Once on Centreville Road,
I walked (on March 13) 1.6 km. east to
Centreville. This is a straight paved section with a
interesting sights, including a horse farm, some century-old houses,
recently-built house that has a square castle-style turret. Check out
Centreville Agricultural Society Plaque, which reads: “Addington
Society, 1853-1953. presented by the Ontario Department of Agriculture
recognition of one hundred years of service. September 2nd,
1953." Centreville also
has a United
(just before the intersection on Centreville Rd.):
built in 1946. An
old wooden Loyal Orange Lodge (at least that’s what I take LOL 756 to
just east and south of the intersection. The township hall just south
intersection, on County Rd.
4., (with inscription reading: “Camden,
1905”), is nondescript. There are some nice homes here, and some
Rating: (But you have to
like bushwhacking!) Moderate
March 11, 13, 2005
(County Rd. 4 and Lake Rd.),
to the boat launch at Camden Lake
Provincial Wildlife Management Area.
Running total: 63.4
with lots of domestic animals to commune with. There are mostly horses
on the right, and
barns for beef cattle on the left. Two cemeteries are situated on the
(south) side of the road with some stones dating back to the mid-1800s.
the older stones are hard to read, being made of a relatively soft
Too bad; it might have been interesting to read some of the epitaphs,
were in smaller print. Some were totally worn away and unreadable. I
got a photo of a
stone which read “In memory of David Wees, who died July
1, 1851, aged 83 years.
cemetery has a classy fence around it and a plaque. Apparently some
died here. The plaque has some good information on the early days of
The road takes
little squiggle at the 3.6 km. mark. After this you can cut over to the
wherever you see a good spot. I cut in and around a barn shortly after
squiggle, but I had planned to cut through at the 4.5 km. point, where
an old foundation. It seems about the shortest distance from the road
lake at this point. It’s about 1.8 km. as the crow flies from the road
landing at the Camden Lake
Management Area. However further down, there’s an “ice road” that
and ATVs use that cuts across the lake from just northeast of the road
where it takes a sharp left turn. It’s a bit more of a walk up the road
have to cut across a field to get to the trail. This also puts you
north of the boat ramp on the opposite shore. I had parked my truck at
ramp and I used the ice road on my outward journey. If you travel it
it disappears somewhere north in the direction Enterprise.
When I cut back to the road near
the turn, I had to get over a fence by the road. I found a good spot
could step over the fence without climbing it, but I was literally sent
backside when I touched an electric fencewire I hadn’t noticed just
If you find the
ice road, just follow it east. There are markers stuck into the ice to
path, so it’s very clear. If you come up from farther
south, aim for just
below the red barn on the opposite shore.
At the boat
there is a numbered parking lot and a map on a board showing blinds out
lake. There are numbered blinds which hunters (maximum two per blind)
Hunters park their car by a number that corresponds to the blind they
use. There’s quite a few blinds out there; they pepper the lake, with a
spot for birds down at the south end. It must be a pretty shallow lake,
from the reeds. (Note to any ducks reading this: avoid Camden
Lake like the plague during hunting
season: you don’t stand a chance, and I wouldn’t feel safe even in the
spot. Geese: according to the sign, you are also fair game.) There’s a
stand at the boat ramp; I presume people can come and get a good view
hunters pop off the ducks and geese.
trail continues, and beyond the ramp, there’s a sign pointing to the
trails”: 6.3 km in. total.
March 15, 2005
Parking lot of
Lake Provincial Wildlife Management Area to Hicks and Moscow Road.
Road to Park Road
Road 6 to McQuay
to bridge on McCoy St. over Varty Creek.
Total: 6.9 kilometres
Running total: 70.3 kilometres
walked this first section with Matt
from the parking lot at
the road veers to the right into a
set of nature trails. I have yet to try them. We stuck with the
trail which runs along the right (south) edge of a field and into a
would be an impossible walk when the ice is out: it’s a serious marsh.
was, we broke through several times and ended up with thoroughly soaked
However, the walk through the marsh was great fun – rather like a
trying to avoid breaking through the ice, and sticking close enough to
trail so that we didn’t lose it. At the fringes of the marsh, the trail
through a brief section of bush before opening onto the perimeter of a
At these points a couple of signs warn that there is no trespassing
snowmobilers with permits.
the edge of a field, then crosses a larger field before returning to
perimeter and moving up a hill to Moscow Rd.
The field walk was very muddy in places, but
you can avoid much of it by walking on the grassy fringe. It's
about 1.7 kilometres to Moscow Road.
unprepared for the constant rain when I walked this next section (on
April 3). Nevertheless, it brought
out the English in me. I enjoy the dull look of the landscape, as if
everything is not quite in focus.
Hicks Rd. is
straight, but still a good walk past fields and through woods. At the
intersection where it meets Park Rd.
(1.5 km. from Moscow Road) you can follow the small road into
the park and get a good view of the lake. There's camping here with
tent platforms to make it easy. It's a small park,
but with washroom facilities and stuff for kids
to do. It's closed up at this
time of the year, so I can’t report on the state of the facilities.
There’s a boat launch and a
sign by the launch advising hunters that they must inform the Ministry
Natural Resources before setting up a duck blind on the water.
(east) down Parks Rd.
lake to your right just a soggy field away for most of the time. It's
here and lots of marsh.
At Red Cedar
County Road, follow Park Rd.
around to the left. Near County
Road 6, there’s a couple of horse corals. I had a nice chat with a pony
seemed interested in us.
At County Rd. 6
(about 3 kilometres from Hicks Road), take a short jog south to MQuay St.
this is called a street I don’t know; it looks like a country road to
east past the “family practice” doctor on the right and her neat barns
outhouses (or are these the doc’s offices?) to the bridge over Varty
Creek, which is a tributary of the Napanee River to the east, which
flows out of
Camden Lake and a complex of marshes. There is an intriguing flow here:
Napanee River flows north a bit and then east curving over Varty Lake
in a vast
area of marsh, getting wider at the relatively small Napanee Lake and
flowing south with some pretty wide sections in places. Meanwhile,
flows north out of Varty
and cuts east
(and slightly north) to meet the Napanee north of
south of Napanee
All in all, a pretty marshy area
north of Camden
and Varty Lakes.(Total: 5.2 km.)
March 28, April 3, 2005
Creek .4 km. east of Cty. Rd. 6 (the road that runs through Moscow)
St., to Harrowsmith (Hwy #38).
Total 11.9 kilometres
Running total: 82.2
The day started
out sunny, so I left my sweatshirt behind and headed down the road.
Country living is pretty civilized on McCoy St., with Lane Veterinary Services
with a fenced-in area containing sheep coming up on the left (south)
several suburban-style homes dotted along the way. McCoy is billed as a
at its west end. The east end, at German Road, it
is signposted as a road. It's about two kilometres to German Road from
right at German
Rd. (also called Kerr Road on
which takes you through swamp, followed by hardwood and open fields.The
is part of Varty Creek (the same creek I started at on McCoy). Varty
running just south of it after the bridge.
turning onto German Rd.,
passed over culverts carrying Varty Creek, which as I mentioned
eventually moves into the Napanee River. The
swamp is a part of a large
swamp area, which is part of the Napanee River
to Petworth, a little hamlet featuring the Community Church of God,
Pastor R.A. Paul, Sunday school at 10 a.m. and services on at 11 a.m.
At Petworth Rd. turn
left for a short stretch to a fine steel bridge crossing the Napanee
A collapsed mill sits on the northwest side of the riverbank
immediately by the
bridge. The remains of the foundations are interesting, with little
allow the water to pass through.
At the 3.6 km.
a right onto the Camden-Portland Boundary Rd.
(names on road signs and maps are confusing
here, so take care) before I cut east at Bradford Rd.,
which is just over 4 kilometres from our starting point.
runs 4.5 kilometres, is paved and very straight,
but a pleasant walk nevertheless with farms and houses along the way
mostly hardwood and fields and cedar trees lining the road at spots. A
goats were doing their thing on the north side of the road. One house
north side sported six fine spruce trees, three of them impressively
(unless, of course, you come from B.C.).
Eventually Bradford road reaches Wolf Swamp Road. (My topo lists "Wolfes Swamp" to
you can see how names mutate around here.) I stayed with Bradford
past Wolf Swamp Rd., until it came to a "T" intersection, with a road
running off south. (2009 update: the Garmin MapSource topo notes this allowance as "Ellerbeck" Road.)
allowance, which is a double-track lane, climbs a hill then slowly descends. After about
five minutes of walking south, I headed off east through the fields,
couple of fences to keep a southeasterly direction. The weather had
I was glad of a shed in the middle of a stand of hardwood.
was an on-again-off-again affair, so I kept southward, mostly through
I reached a marshy area that is part of Wilton Creek. This gave me
thought, and I almost retraced some of my footsteps. I could have
more southward before heading east (or stuck to the road allowance) and
the whole swamp thing, but after clambering through various marshy
doing a dance on the clumps of grass spattered throughout the early
the marsh, I was committed. I had to invent ways to cross two creeks. The first
was about six feet wide and I used branches, an old bucket and a bit of
get through. Price: two soakers. The second creek was wider (probably
one) but beavers had obligingly built a dam at one spot to make my life
After a bit of scratching and ducking, I returned to open field.
definitely not my favourite plant.)
surviving the swamp, the high banks of the Cataraqui Trail, which runs
old rail bed, came in sight and it was an easy matter once on the trail
trail has snowmobiles in the winter, but is
free of vehicles the rest of the year. The rail bed takes a curve as it
into town and so makes for a good walk.
There are a
number of old vehicles sunk
into a swamp as you get closer to Harrowsmith. Still, I felt
Harrowsmith had an
upscale feel (once past the abandoned cars and trucks and the ATV
on hills near the trail as you come into town), but maybe I’m just
associating Harrowsmith the town with the magazine of the same name. It was drizzling in earnest by the time I hit the
drag (Highway #38), so I left the exploration of Harrowsmith for
and walked back to my bicycle which I had stashed a couple of
kilometres out of
town, on the trail at Colebrook Rd. By the time I reached my bike, the
out and the ride back to my truck gave me a good workout.
Rating: (Straight Roads = ) Easy (roads) to
May 1, 2005
bed at Colebrook
Harrowsmitth to Sydenham (IGA parking lot)
Total: 6.9 kilometres
Running total: 89.1 kilometres
This is a great
rail bed to walk – an ideal relaxed family outing without any rough
smell of lilacs was incredible as I started out; they line the trail
and positively shout at you this time of the year.
crossing the highway, the smell of sewage (not unduly offensive, but
takes over. Here, on the north side is a set of two large lagoons and a
lagoon that belongs (according to the sign at the gate) to the
Factory. There is
also a pond with a
“fountain” in the centre, with sewage churning out of it, presumably
and doing the initial breaking down.
plant, the sides of the rail bed cut into the hillsides, and I couldn’t
much on either side until just before I crossed the hydro lines and then Harrowsmith Road.
iron bridge cuts across this road, giving me a good view in either
road itself cuts through the rock and an escarpment. The rail bed is
here, running just below the top of the escarpment; take advantage of
“Escarpment rest stop” – a little bench on the north side of the trail
take it all in.
northward a bit before coming southward again, passing a big pond to
and crossing a couple of roads and a driveway before straightening out
parallel Walker Road to the north, with a subdivision to the south. The
rides above these a bit, so you feel separated from both. The trail
Street as it
comes into town, with lots of interesting backyards on the north side. it then opens onto Stage Coach Road,
with the IGA parking lot just across the road.
Walked: May 20, 2005
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