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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Walk this way

Blue Heron Bridge over the Charles River in upper Newtonville. (Photo: Lisa Poole for the Boston Globe)


Ah, the signs of autumn: turning leaves, apple cider and the annual Newton Conservators' walks that have become one of the best ways to explore local open space areas. The walks (along with an occasional canoe paddle or bike ride) are led by local experts and usually last for an hour or two.

Upcoming walks include:

October 15, 2:00 p.m.: The Newton/Wellesley/Needham Aqueduct Bike Ride, a 1.5 to 2 hour bike ride that explores opportunities to link trails that connect the aqueduct system in Newton, Wellesley, and Needham.

October 22, 2:00 p.m.: The Charles River North Street/Bridge Street MDC Trail Walk, where participants can experience the new section of the Charles River Greenway through Newton and Waltham that features natural stabilized soil paths, wood walkways over wetlands and the distinguished Blue Heron footbridge over the Charles River near Cheesecake Brook.

October 29, 2:00 p.m.: The Cutler MDC Park/Millennium Park/Wells Avenue Charles River Loop, which is actually more of a hike than a walk, beginning at Cutler Park, travelling into West Roxbury and back into Newton via the Wells Avenue Charles River Pathway.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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