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Bedford Trails “Take-Your-Own Trail Walk” to Historic Old Reservoir and Valiente Land, by Mark Levine
April 9 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until April 14, 2020
This is the third walk in our new Take-Your-Own Trail Walk series, inspired by Sarah Stanton’s, Bedford Town Manager, recommendation (during this age of social distancing) to exercise by walking our trails. As before, we’ll provide the description, map & directions, and you can take the trail walk at your convenience and your own pace. Note that all trail walks are at your own risk.
This trail walk has original 1908 water supply features including a pump house, dam, reservoir, and a vernal pool, streams, and open and dense woods. There are two trail walks offered—
(1) a longer 2 mile walk around the entire reservoir, and
(2) an easy ½ mile round trip short walk from the pumphouse to the dam and back.
Known as “The Old Rez,” the Old Reservoir land is one of the Town’s most interesting and popular municipal open space areas. It offers a network of trails with diverse terrain surrounding the picturesque Old Reservoir. The dam and well house, with its historical renovations completed in 2013, add to the appeal of this serene wilderness area. The reservoir itself is no longer in use as a public water supply but the area has been maintained for passive recreation.
Please let us know if you participate by sending a message and pictures to BedfordMA.email@example.com
In light of the latest Coronavirus guidance (see: https://www.bedfordma.gov/bedford-board-of-health/pages/covid-19-coronavirus), please follow these precautions:
- We ask that anyone with symptoms not participate.
- Follow the 6-foot rule in walking and talking with family, friends, and neighbors. Stay 6 feet away!
- Use your judgement in interacting with people in business or in groups.
- Going out in the air, exercising, doing normal activities is totally appropriate.
- Exert caution, however, with any group activities.
- Weekdays seem to be less busy (and therefore less congested) than weekends
Difficulty Level There are 2 walking options:
(1) Moderate-Difficult: The longer and more interesting walk is approximately 2 miles, 1-1.5 hours long, with steep slopes, but may be slippery, muddy and wet.
(2) Easy: The shorter 1/2 mile walk from the pumphouse to the dam is fairly flat.
Parking (see map) Please park on the road near the Pump house (east) side near 121 Shawsheen Road (the side with the sidewalk) so traffic is not blocked.
Directions From Great Road (Routes 4/225), turn north on Shawsheen Road. The pump house will be on the right after 0.5 miles.
Note: Please wear comfortable, closed toe, walking shoes or boots that can handle steep slopes, wet and mud. Children and well-behaved dogs are welcome.
|Prior “Take Your Own” Trail Walks||1. New Davis Road Boardwalk: see–|
|2. Fawn Lake: see–|
Contact: Please check the Bedford Trails Group website for weather-related changes, and info on current and future hikes: https://groups.google.com/group/bedfordma-trails
If you already have a Google account, click “Join Group to Post”
If you don’t have a Google account, please send an email to
BedfordMA.firstname.lastname@example.org you’ll be added to the Group.
Old Reservoir / Valente Land
Known as “The Old Rez,” the Old Reservoir land is one of the Town’s most interesting and popular municipal open space areas. It offers a network of trails with diverse terrain surrounding the picturesque Old Reservoir. The dam and historic well house, built in 1908 and renovated in 2013, add to the appeal of this serene wilderness area. The reservoir itself is no longer in use as a public water supply but the area has been maintained for passive recreation.
The mile-long blue trail encircles the reservoir, passes over a number of steep hills, and through low-lying areas and streams. The trail meanders under tall pine, maple, oak, and beech trees. Bog bridges are placed over gently running streams and other wetland areas. A variety of native plants grow along the trail, including inkberry, spicebush, lady slipper, skunk cabbage, and jewelweed. Remnants of stone walls add to the trail’s charm. The embankment-like ridge (esker) along the orange trail just west of the reservoir provides a panoramic view of the water and surrounding woodlands.
One of the significant features of the terrain is its changing grade. Steep inclines and declines provide for more strenuous hiking and biking than typically found on other trails within the Bedford trail network.