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Bedford Town Trail Walk: “Town Loop” to Lindau and York Conservation Areas, led by Michael Barbehenn
August 3, 2019 @ 9:45 am - 12:00 pmFree
Please join the Bedford Trails Committee for a free “Town Loop” Trail Walk to the Lindau and York Conservation Areas, at 9:45 am on Saturday Aug. 3, led by Michael Barbehenn. Starting at the parking lot behind the Bedford Free Public Library, we’ll walk through Lindau Conservation Area to the water tower, cross to the York Conservation Area, and walk the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail back to the Library. The walk is a little under 3 miles long and, while mostly flat, does have a few hills. The walk takes about 1-1/2 hours at a modest pace.
9:45 AM parking lot behind the Bedford Free Public Library (7 Mudge Way)
Note: Please wear comfortable, closed toe, walking shoes or boots that can handle wet or mud. Children and well-behaved dogs are welcome. We will walk rain or shine.
Lindau Farmland at Pine Hill
Located north of the center of town, the Lindau Farmland at Pine Hill provides a hiking and biking connection between neighborhoods in the Pine Hill Road area. From the Pine Hill Road entrance, the blue trail enters a large open field with a variety of grasses, shrubs, and wildflowers including a butterfly way station. The trail descends down a slope past stone walls, a lower field, and through a shady woodland area. Yellow trail spurs lead to Doris Road and Paul Revere Road. The main blue trail continues to Fletcher Road and includes a short trail spur to a vernal pool.
Lindau has been an important part of Bedford’s heritage since its incorporation in 1729. The site has a long history as a working farm, remnants of which are apparent in the open fields, ancient specimen trees, wellpreserved stone walls, and rows of towering evergreens. Preservation of the landscape establishes links to the town’s agricultural heritage and presents visible reminders of landuse patterns of the 19th century. The land was purchased by the town in 1998 and continues to be used for passive recreation.
The site provides an unusually mixed habitat of mature woods, successional growth and open fields, uplands and wetlands (including a certified vernal pool), wooded wetlands and wet meadow, extensive edge habitat, and a continuous wide band of mature wooded cover. The many distinct wetland and upland plant communities each have special habitat value. In combination, and as a reflection of the overall size of the sixteenacre site, these areas constitute an exceptionally important wildlife habitat for Bedford. Wildlife and plant surveys have demonstrated the rich diversity of the site and its value for bird watching and other nature activities.
====================================================================================================Murray York Conservation Area
Purchased from the federal government in 1963 as surplus land, the Murray York Conservation Area is named after a founding member of the Bedford Conservation Commission.
This delightful, halfmile trail loop begins and ends at the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail, wandering over bog bridges and through woodlands made up predominantly of tall maple and oak trees. A rich shrub understory includes highbush blueberry, swamp winterberry, mapleleaved viburnum, and swamp sweetbells. The changes in elevation throughout the conservation area provide visual interest and foster diverse plant communities.
The blue trail through York begins near the conservation area sign at the northern intersection with the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail, just south of the Middlesex Community College parking lot. Bog bridges provide access over an intermittent stream and the trail continues through a stone wall into upland woods. The trail descends gradually to the south into a lower wetland area by a stone wall. At the stone wall, the yellow trail leads west to Wildwood Drive; the blue trail continues east over bog bridges and back to the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail, approximately 0.5 miles south of the trail entrance.