Fawn Lake Weekly Update for August 21, 2020

The Dredgit crew was able to dredge and haul all week, removing approximately 850 cubic yards of lake sediments.  This material is being sent to the Lexington facility for reuse in their compost operations.  The daily truckloads have been about 8 – 10 trips. 

Bedford Trails “Take-Your-Own Trail Walk” to Historic Old Reservoir and Valiente Land, by Mark Levine

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.

Bedford Trails “Take-Your-Own Trail Walk” to Historic Old Reservoir and Valiente Land, by Mark Levine

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.

Bedford Trails “Take-Your-Own Trail Walk” to Historic Old Reservoir and Valiente Land, by Mark Levine

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.

Bedford Trails “Take-Your-Own Trail Walk” to Historic Old Reservoir and Valiente Land, by Mark Levine

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.

Bedford Trails “Take-Your-Own Trail Walk” to Historic Old Reservoir and Valiente Land, by Mark Levine

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.

Bedford Trails “Take-Your-Own Trail Walk” to Historic Old Reservoir and Valiente Land, by Mark Levine

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.

Bedford Trails “Take-Your-Own Trail Walk” to Historic Old Reservoir and Valiente Land, by Mark Levine

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.

Bedford Trails “Take-Your-Own Trail Walk” to Historic Old Reservoir and Valiente Land, by Mark Levine

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.

Bedford Trails Take-Your-Own Trail Walk to Fawn Lake

This is the second walk in our new Take-Your-Own Trail Walk series, based on 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. Today’s walk is 90-100% on sidewalks and rail trails, depending on which option you choose (see map and full  descriptions at this link: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/bedfordma-trails/MeF73W7VXYY):

Park on the street between 54-60 Wildwood Drive
As shown in Step#1 on the map, you’ll need to decide whether or not to take the trail through York Conservation Area:

Walk Through York Conservation Area: Go East to the trailpost next to the driveway at 58 Wildwood Dr., to the beginning to the York Conservation Area, and continue on the trail until you reach the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail. The shorter, approximately 2-2.25 mile, 1 hour walk is over 90% on sidewalks, quiet streets and the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail. The York CA has woodlands of tall maple and oak trees, and rich shrubs including highbush blueberry, swamp winterberry, maple-leaved viburnum and swamp sweetbells
Difficulty Level: Low-Moderate due to some small hills, bog bridges, tree roots, some uneven terrain, and could be wet or muddy-OR-
Walk Entirely on sidewalks, quiet streets and rail trail: Go West on Wildwood Dr. and take a left on Dana Rd.

Bedford Town “Take Your Own” Trail Walk to the New Davis Road Boardwalk, by Clem Larson

We have been encouraged by Sarah Stanton’s, Bedford Town Manager, recommendation (during this age of social distancing) to encourage exercise by walking our trails. Therefore, the Bedford Trails Committee is introducing a new approach—-we’ll provide the description, map & directions, and you can take the trail walk at your convenience and your own pace. Our walk starts at Winterberry Way and Carlisle Road (see map below), going through four Conservation Areas to reach the new Davis Road Boardwalk across from the White Cedar Swamp. We return via Winterberry Way. Please see writeup at website listed below for info on the Conservation Areas.

Self-Guided Trail Walks Offered by Bedford’s Trails Committee

The Bedford Trails Committee has been encouraged by Sarah Stanton’s, Bedford Town Manager, recommendation (during this age of social distancing) to exercise by walking our trails. Therefore, the Bedford Trails Committee is introducing a new approach—we’ll provide the description, map & directions, and you can take the trail walk at your convenience and your own pace.

This trail walk is to the new Davis Road Boardwalk ~ Click this link for a scalable map and full information. As shown in the attachment, you can drive over to Winterberry Way and Carlisle Rd./Rt. 225, park on Winterberry Way and take a 2.5 mile, 1.5-hour walk (or make it a trail run).

Bedford Town Trail Walk to Two Brothers Rocks, led by Paul Marcus

Please join the Bedford Trails Committee for a free Trail Walk to explore the Altman Conservation Area, which leads to Two Brothers Rocks.  The walk will begin at the map kiosk at Dudley Road & Emery Road, and last about 1-1/2 hours. We will walk to the river where we will see the Two Brothers Rocks, then head by Harvard Pond and slowly make our way back. Difficulty Level:      Moderate. Trails include tree roots, crossing steps on a stone wall, walking on bog bridges, some uneven terrain, and could be icy, snowy or muddy. When and Where:  We meet at 9:45 AM at the parking lot behind the Bedford Free Public Library.  Alternatively, you can meet us at the trailhead at Dudley Road & Emery Road (see map), where we will leave at 10:10 am sharp.

Exploring the Trails through Bedford’s Conservation Areas

Moving to Carleton-Willard Village at the end of the summer, I was anxious to become acquainted with my new surroundings.  Having lived in Wayland for 56 years and taking every opportunity to enjoy local outdoor areas, I was familiar with Sudbury Valley Trustees lands, the National Wildlife Refuge along the Sudbury River, and Wayland’s conservation areas, as well as some in Weston, Sudbury, and Lincoln.  Now I could explore Bedford.

Bedford Town Trail Walk to Dellovo Conservation Area

Please join the Bedford Trails Committee for a free Trail Walk to explore the Dellovo Conservation Area, which then leads onto the MassPort property. We plan to walk some trails between Hanscom Field and the Reformatory Branch Trail, thru frozen swamps that we normally avoid. Deep snow may necessitate an easier route. The walk will be slow-paced, lasting about 2 hours. DIFFICULTY LEVEL: MODERATE.

Bedford Town Trail Walk to Buehler Ponds and Middlesex Community College trails, Saturday January 4, 2020 at 9:45 am, led by Michael Barbehenn

Description: Please join the Bedford Trails Committee for a free Trail Walk to Buehler Ponds and Governor Winthrop Conservation Areas, and the Middlesex Community College (MCC) trails—see below for more info on these areas. The walk is about 4 miles, and will last about 2 hours. Difficulty       Hard (due to 2 hour duration, 4 mile distance, some big hills for Bedford,
Level:              might be slippery, muddy or icy)
When and     We meet at 9:45 AM at the parking lot behind the Bedford Free Public Library
Where:          (7 Mudge Way). Alternatively, you can meet us at the Fawn Lake parking lot, off Sweetwater Av.—see map at website below–where we will leave at 10:10 am sharp. Please allow time to sign a waiver if you have not already done so.  
Directions: From Mudge Way, turn left on Great Road (Rt.

Bedford Town Trail Walk to Minnie Reid Conservation Area

Description:           Please join the Bedford Trails Committee for a free Trail Walk to the Minnie Reid Conservation Area. The walk will be slow-paced, lasting about 1 to 2 hours. If the conditions permit, we will walk all the way to the Concord River. Difficulty Level:       Moderate. Trails include hills, tree roots, and uneven terrain, and could be muddy, snowy or icy.

Bedford Town Trail Walk Saturday November 2 at 9:45 am to Wilson Mill Park and Burlington Landlocked Forest, Led by Mark Levine and Sharon McDonald, Town Historian

Have you ever heard of the Wilson Mill? The corn it ground was vital to the town three hundred years ago… Alas, it is long gone! But the millpond remains, and the little stream still rushes over the rocks down a shallow gorge. It has become a Bedford town park located on Old Burlington Road just yards from where Route 62 goes under Route 3. Come and stand beside the water and listen for a few minutes while Town Historian Sharon McDonald recounts stories about the old Wilson Mill.We will then explore the Wilson Mill Park, the Burlington Landlocked Forest, and (depending on the group and conditions) Bedford’s Old Rez Conservation Area.

Bedford Town Trail Walk to Old Reservoir Conservation Area Saturday October 5 at 9:45 am, led by Dan Hurwitz

Please join the Bedford Trails Committee for a free Trail Walk to the Old Reservoir, Valente Land, and Corey/Page Road Conservation Areas. This area has ponds, streams, and hills, as well as open and dense woods. The walk will be moderately paced about 3 miles, lasting about 1 – 1 1/2 hours. When and Where:   We meet at 9:45 AM at the parking lot  behind the Bedford Free Public Library (7 Mudge Way). Alternatively, you can meet us at the Old Reservoir trailhead at the back northeast corner of the Shawsheen Cemetery near the fence corner (see map and additional information at: https://groups.google.com/group/bedfordma-trails), where we will leave at 10 am sharp.

Bedford Town Trail Walk: West Bedford Trails, Saturday Sept. 7 at 9:45 am, led by Michael Barbehenn and Ralph Hammond

Please join the Bedford Trails Committee for a free Trail Walk on the West Bedford trails, at 9:45 am on Saturday September 7, led by Michael Barbehenn and Ralph Hammond. Ralph will tell stories about the history of the area, including the Apple Orchard/Apple industry in Bedford, Politics, Nike Site, Corduroy Roads of Bedford, and the Great Cedar Swamp. Starting at the intersection of Davis & Revolutionary Ridge Roads, we’ll walk through the Carlisle Road Conservation Areas (see description and map at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/bedfordma-trails/CbWbEbb-mO0 ) to Old Causeway. Depending on interest, we might continue to the Harvard Lab Station. The walk is about 2.5-3 miles long and, while mostly flat, does have tree roots, bog bridges to cross wetlands, and some narrow trails.

Bedford Town Trail Walk: “Town Loop” to Lindau and York Conservation Areas, led by Michael Barbehenn

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.

Bedford Town Trail Walk: “Town Loop” to the new Washington Street Pedestrian Bridge, Saturday July 13 at 9:45 am, led by Clem Larson

Please join the Bedford Trails Committee for a free “Town Loop” Trail Walk to the new Washington Street Pedestrian Bridge, on Saturday July 13 at 9:45 am, led by Clem Larson. Note that (due to the July 4 holiday), we delayed the trail walk from the normal first Saturday of the month to July 13 instead. Starting at the parking lot behind the Bedford Free Public Library, we’ll cross Town Campus and pass by Town Hall, to the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail and to the Railroad Depot at Depot Park. We’ll walk down to the end of Washington St. at the new Washington St.

Bedford Town Trail Walk to Buehler Ponds and Winthrop Conservation Area Saturday June 1 at 9:45 am, led by Michael Barbehenn

Please join the Bedford Trails Committee for a freeTrail Walk to Buehler Ponds and Winthrop Conservation Areas, and the Middlesex Community College trails. The walk will last about 1-1/2 to 2 hours. When and     We meet at 9:45 AMat the parking lot behind the Bedford Free Public Library (7 Mudge Way). Where:          Alternatively, you can meet us at the Fawn Lake parking lot, off Sweetwater Av.—see map–where we will leave at 10:10 am sharp.                           Please allow time to sign a waiver if you have not already done so.

Volunteers Needed for Bedford Trails Day – 10 am to 12 noon on Saturday May 11

Click this link to view/download/print your own Bedford Trails Day brochure
Please help the Bedford Trails Committee improve our trails.  Three projects will be overseen by a member of the Bedford Trails Committee and are open to groups, individual volunteers, and families. Students may be eligible for community service hours. All participants will need to sign a waiver. Please bring gloves and possibly safety glasses suitable for working outdoors. While some tools will be provided, volunteers should also bring tools they may have available, including hand trimmers, pruners, shears, loppers, or hand saws for weeding and trimming; and shovels, rakes, or wheelbarrows for spreading wood chips and stone dust (no power tools!).      

There is no signup! Just select which activity you would like to join from the three projects below, and arrive by 10 am on Saturday, May 11th; details and maps for each project are attached:

Project #1 – South Road trail to the Minuteman Bikeway (across from and connecting to Hartwell Town Forest trails), led by Joe Mazzeo.