Guided Walks - Fall 2006
spring and fall, the Newton Conservators organizes a series of walks
to local open space areas. These walks are led by knowlegeable leaders
and are open to the public. They normally last for an hour or two.
Some events are for bicycle or canoe. These walks are a great way
to get to know open space areas in Newton. Below is the current
If you have questions about a walk or are interested
in leading such a walk in an area that you know, please contact
the walks coordinator.
Open a printable walk list
Lakes District Walk
The Lakes District has a wonderful interconnecting trail system that provides the opportunity to take a circle route along the river, ending you where you started. Come on a walking tour to see these trails and walk along Ware's Cove--Waltham Watch Building--Mount Feake Cemetery--Brandeis—MDC Forest Grove-Duck Feeding Area--Charles River Canoe Service--Norumbega Park--Lyons Field.
Meet at parking lot at Ware's Cove at the end of West Pine Street. The walk will last about 3 hours. Wear comfortable walking shoes. The leader is Peter Kastner. Call ahead in case of poor weather.
The walk includes parts of Norumbega Park and Auburndale Park.
Canoe Trip in the Charles River Lake District
An almost-annual favorite is the canoe trip through the Charles River Lake District, a mixture of residential, commercial and wetlands. It starts from the Charles River Canoe Service on Commonwealth Avenue and passes Norumbega Park, Fox Island, Auburndale Park, Weirs Cove, the Waltham Watch building, Mount Feake Cemetery, and Purgatory Cove and stops just short of the Moody Street dam. These wetlands are well populated with ducks, geese, blue herons and the occasional hawk or egret, so you might want to bring your binoculars.
Meet at the Charles River Canoe Service on Commonwealth Avenue (follow the signs to
park across the river at the duck feeding area).
Trip leader is Bill Hagar, president of the Newton Conservators.
Newton/Wellesley/Needham Aqueduct Bike Ride
Join a 1.5 to 2 hour bike ride that explores opportunities to link trails that connect the aqueduct system in Newton, Wellesley, and Needham. The aqueducts have long served as a resource for walkers, and this ride will show that it provides a wonderful biking trail, as well. Of particular interest is how the various towns have chosen to mark and manage these linear open spaces. This ride is recommended for ages 12 and up, and an adult must accompany all minors. The trip requires an off-road or hybrid bike (thin tires will not handle this terrain). Helmets are required for all riders.
Meet at Starbucks in Waban Square.
Henry Finch, Newton Conservators Board Member, will lead.
This outing includes part of Walk 27 in the Conservators "Walking Trails" guide. See also our page, A Loop Along the Aqueducts.
Charles River North Street/Bridge Street
DCR Trail Walk
The spectacular new section of the Charles River Greenway that travels from Bridge Street in Newton to Farwell Street in Waltham was officially opened last September. With the foresight of DCR planner Dan Driscoll, the wide, accessible path features natural stabilized soil paths, wood walkways over wetlands and the distinguished Blue Heron footbridge (10 feet wide, and approximately 140 feet long) over the Charles River near Cheesecake Brook. This segment of the Upper Charles River Reservation was the critical missing link needed to provide the desired continuous linear connections between Boston and Waltham.
Meet in Watertown in the southeast corner of the parking lot of the Super Stop and Shop store on Pleasant Street. From Newton, one can travel on North Street, cross the Charles River, take a right on Pleasant, and a right into the Super Stop and Shop. We will first explore the greenway downstream to Bridge Street and then upstream into Waltham. Bring binoculars if you have them.
Trip leader is Ted Kuklinski.
Consult this page of our website for descriptions of several walks and bike rides along this section of the Charles.
Cutler Park/Millennium Park/Wells Avenue
Charles River Loop
This is more of a hike than a walk and you should wear hiking shoes and be prepared to maintain an active pace. The walk will be 5 miles.
Starting at Cutler Park you will explore the park, going to Millennium Park in West Roxbury, and complete the tour by way of the Helen Heyn Riverway. These areas have been improved over the past several years and now provide a wide variety of trails, river landings and playing fields.
Meet in Needham on Kendrick Street at the Cutler Park entrance. The entrance is 1/4 mile south of the Charles River, on Kendrick Street in Needham. Kendrick and Nahanton Streets join at the Charles River Bridge.
Henry Finch will be the group leader.
Weather: When in doubt check with the group leader.
Upcoming trips: Sign up for our
monthly email newsletter to be informed when the next walk schedule is
posted. The newsletter also will tell you about other Newton conservation