Time: 9:30-11:30ish am
Place: A different Lyme preserve each week.
Join us for a refreshing morning walk on a Lyme preserve led by a board or staff member of the Lyme Land Trust. The leaders will alternate each week between Sue Cope, Wendy Hill, Tony Irving, and Kristina White with Brady, canine guide. The walks are moderately easy unless noted. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather.
Space is limited. Reservations are required. Contact walk leader to reserve.
Please note the schedule may change. Inclement weather cancels.
September 7, 2021 Wendy–Johnston Preserve–Meet at the Johnston Preserve parking lot on Rte 82. This 2+ mile walk has fascinating geologic features, including the highest point in Lyme.
September 14 Kristina –Selden Preserve –Meet at Selden Preserve parking lot on Joshuatown Rd. 2+ mile hike to beautiful vistas of Selden Creek and surrounding marshlands.
September 21 Sue–Beebe Preserve –Meet at parking lot on Old Grassy Hill Rd. The easy 1-mile loop trail passes many stone walls and a mysterious large rock cairn. A side spur trail brings one to a viewing platform on a vibrant beaver pond.
September 28 Tony–Thach Preserve–Short 1-mile walk, but with lots of ecology to experience and learn about.
October 5 Wendy–Brockway-Hawthorne Preserve–Meet at the Brush Hill Road parking lot. We will walk along the purple trail on the new boardwalk and take the old Platt Road path to the Selden cemetery– 2+ miles.
October 12 Kristina – Plimpton Preserve – Meet at entrance on Sterling City Rd. Arduous but short hike to overlook. 1.75 mile loop with some walking on the road.
October 19 Sue –Banningwood Preserve –Full loop of the preserve beginning with upper red to Parkers Perch, down to Diana’s Field and following all of Yellow along the Roaring Brook before returning on lower red. About 1.5 hrs with some steep grades on the Upper Red trail.
October 26 Tony – Beebe Preserve–Easy 1-mile walk, but with interesting habitat types. Meet at the parking lot on Old Grassy Hill.
November 2 Wendy – Hartman Park–Meet at main parking lot on Gungy Road. We will walk on the blue trail up to Chapman Ridge to see the archeological ruins, crossing over a long-forgotten colonial stone bridge along the way. 2+ miles
November 9 Kristina – Pickwick & Eno Preserve–Park at 183 Joshuatown Rd. (Drive down the long driveway-park in front of the Pickwick’s Preserve sign.) 3+ miles.
November 16 Tony – Ravine Trail.–Meet at Selden Preserve parking lot on Joshuatpwn Rd. Meander through the ravine area and discover the natural features of this unique space in Lyme. Length and time of walk will depend on the group’s interest.
November 23 Tony – Patrell Preserve–Meet at the parking lot on Baker Lane. Mostly easy walk with interesting relationships between geology and vegetation types.
November 30 Wendy – Honey Hill Preserve–Meet at the parking area on Clark Rd. This small gem of a preserve has a 1-mile loop with a variety of large trees, interesting rock formations, and stone walls.
December 7 Kristina–Walbridge Woodland and Young Preserve–Park at Young Preserve entrance on Gungy Rd. A longer hike of over 3 miles that will take you on ridges, through laurel groves, old wood roads, and past stone outcroppings.
December 14 Sue–Thach Preserve–Meet at parking lot, 131 Brush Hill Rd. All trails. Easy 1-mile walk. Highlights include an active beaver pond, fascinating glacial erratics and a freshwater creek.
December 21 Tony– Pleasant Valley–Meet at MacIntosh Rd. parking area. Walk and talk as to the effects of glacial processes on historic land use.