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Long Walk or Bike Ride

Along the Charles River Path
Loop from Watertown Square to Moody Street

 

This loop walk or bike ride is about 7 miles long. Almost all of the route is on the Charles River Path, with just a couple of sidewalk detours.

You can start the walk at any point along the loop. The description below starts from Bridge Street and does the western loop first, followed by the eastern loop. Parking is available on the side streets parallel to Bridge Street.

See this page for descriptions of shorter and longer trips along the Charles.

   
Eastern section of walk:  
 
Western section of walk:  

 

       
Boston Globe map    
   
Begin at the corner of Bridge Street and California Street. Cross Bridge Street at the traffic light and walk west on the sidewalk of California Street.
   
Enter the Riverwalk.
   

Cross the Blue Heron Bridge, which opened in 2004.

 

   
When the path ends at Farwell Street, turn left on the sidewalk, cross the bridge, and then cross the street to rejoin the path on the Newton side of the river.
   
A detour is needed when the path ends at Elm Street. Turn left.
   
Turn right onto Pine Street.
   
Turn right onto Cooper Street.
   
Go onto the sidewalk that skirts the right side of the parking lot.
   
If you want to make a side trip to the Charles River Museum of Industry, cross the footbridge to the right. If not, continue on the sidewalk.
   
The sidewalk runs between the river and a parking garage. Continue on the sidewalk until you reach the stairs and ramp up to Moody Street.
   
Refreshments and diversions of all kinds are available on Moody Street.
   

Turn right and cross the Charles on the Moody Street bridge.

This trip turns back now. If you wish to continue on a longer trip, consult this guide.

   
On the other side of the river, enter this path, with the Charles now on your right.
   
Proceed along the edge of the river to a footbridge.
   
Turn left on the sidewalk that borders a parking lot. (You are now retracing the detour you took in the outbound direction.) At the end of the parking lot, continue up Cooper Street. Turn left on Pine Street.
   
Turn left on Elm Street.
   
Cross the street, and enter the Riverwalk.
   
Cross Newton Street and continue on the Riverwalk.
   
Cross the river on Farwell Street.
   
Enter the Riverwalk again.
   
Cross the Blue Heron Bridge.
   
The path ends on California Street.
   
Follow the heron footprints on the sidewalk, turning left across the Bridge Street bridge. Walk past the site of the Bemis Dam.
   
Cross the street and enter the Riverwalk.
   
If you have a longer trip in mind, you can follow the signs for the East Coast Greenway, which eventually will lead from Maine to Florida.
   
Bear right onto a dirt path as the trail approaches a swimming pool.
   

The walkway ends at Galen Street in Watertown Square. Turn right to cross the river.

If you're in the mood for more riding, the Paul Dudley White Bike Path extends from here to the Science Museum in downtown Boston.

   

After you cross the bridge, turn right on the sidewalk of California Street.

   
Cross a footbridge over Laundry Brook.
   
Continue along the edge of Allison Park.
   
Walk past Post 440, the home of the Conservators annual meeting, and also of the Friday Newton farmers' market.
   
Return to your starting point at Bridge Street.

 

 

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