Cochituate and Sudbury Aqueducts
Guidebook Section: Central
You can walk a 7 mile circuit within Newton on both aqueducts. Or, you can take a 5 mile walk (returning by MBTA) from Waban to Chestnut Hill that begins on the Cochituate Aqueduct.
Enters Quinobequin Road area in Waban at the foot of Varick Road, after crossing the Charles River from Wellesley over a low stone bridge. When the aqueduct was in active use, the water was pumped uphill at this point. The public path runs through Waban, Cold Spring Park, Newton Highlands, the Wilson Conservation Lands, and Newton Centre Playground before it disappears in a tunnel through Waban Hill. Woodlands, pine forest, meadows.
Enters Newton Upper Falls over Echo Bridge across the Charles River in Hemlock Gorge Reservation. Nearly joins Cochituate Aqueduct near Cold Spring Park, and disappears into a tunnel at Gray Cliff Road in Newton Centre.
Longest Walk: 7 mile circuit
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City of Newton purchased aqueduct for sewer lines.
Built to bring water to Boston from the Sudbury Reservoir.
Completion of Dorchester Tunnel allowed use of Sudbury Aqueduct to be discontinued. Aqueduct maintained by MWRA as backup source of water.
Cochituate and Sudbury Aqueducts Map
Biking, Charles River Walk, Cross Country Skiing, Woods Trail
Newton Assessor’s Map ID: [many separate parcels]
Cochituate Aqueduct (Wikipedia)
Sudbury Aqueduct (Wikipedia)