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A Bike Loop Around the Charles in Needham, Dedham, Boston, and Newton

This ride starts and ends at Cutler Park in Needham. It covers about 10 miles, and takes about 2.5 hours at a leisurely pace. Some of the ride is on smooth carriage roads and sidewalks. However, there are enough steep, narrow, and bumpy stretches, as well as busy roads, to make the ride unsuitable for

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A Highly Unofficial Route on Connections to the Upper Falls Greenway

The Upper Falls Greenway is a one-mile converted rail trail that extends from Newton Highlands to Newton Upper Falls, with a spur trail connecting to Needham Street. In the coming years, connections are likely to be made between the Greenway and other trails.  But if you don’t mind some scrambling on steep, rough trails, and

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A Loop Along the Aqueducts

This page describes an 8-mile loop beginning and ending in Newton Centre. It covers both aqueducts, and makes the connection between them by walking on the trail and road shoulder along Quinobequin Road. The entire route can be walked (or, more likely, bicycled) in either direction. A detailed description of the counter-clockwise direction starts below.

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Along the Charles River Path: Loop from Watertown Square to Bridge Street

This loop walk or bike ride is about two miles long. It covers the area described on this page. View other possible walks along this part of the Charles. You can start the walk at any point along the loop. The description below starts from Watertown Square.  If you start from Bridge Street, parking is

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Along the Charles River Path: Loop from Watertown Square to Moody Street

This loop walk or bike ride is about 7 miles long. Almost all of the route is on the Charles River Path, with just a couple of sidewalk detours. You can start the walk at any point along the loop. The description below starts from Bridge Street and does the western loop first, followed by

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Along the Charles River Path: Loop from Watertown Square to Auburndale

This route is about 13 miles long. You can start the trip at any point along the loop. The description below starts from Bridge Street and heads west. Parking is available on the side streets parallel to Bridge Street. The eastern half of this trip is on the trails described on these two pages of

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Along the Charles River Path: Moody Street to Watertown Square (by foot and bus)

This walk is about 4 miles long. It starts (or ends) with a bus ride from Watertown Square to Moody Street in Waltham. The walking portion of this trip is on the trails described on these two pages of this website: Bridge Street to Moody Street Galen Street to Bridge Street Alternate trips: • an

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From the Charles River to Newton Centre

Did you know that you can walk from here: to here: on a route that is almost entirely through parkland? Read on for details. This walk is 7 miles long. It takes about 3 hours. The trip starts and ends at an MBTA bus stop in Newton Centre. The MBTA 52 bus provides limited service

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From Waban to Chestnut Hill

This walk is about 4.5 miles long. It takes about 2 hours at a leisurely pace. The walk starts at the Waban MBTA station on Beacon Street just west of Woodward Street. It ends at the Chestnut Hill MBTA station, allowing an easy return to the starting point. Online map Printable map Walking Directions with

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Riverside Walk All Year

Cautions: This walk is not suitable for young children, because it covers several unofficial trails, including some scrambling over a brush-covered former railroad bed. This version of the route avoids walking near the Martin golf course, which is not open to walkers during the golf season. See this page for an alternate route that can

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Riverside Walk Winter Loop

Cautions: This walk is not suitable for young children, because it covers several unofficial trails, including some scrambling over a brush-covered former railroad bed, as well as walking along a busy road. The route goes through the Leo J. Martin Golf Course, which is not open to walkers during the golf season. So this route

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The Charles River in South Newton and Boston: Blue Heron Trail to Millennium Park

This 4.3 mile round-trip walk begins and ends at the end of Sawmill Brook Parkway. A 6.5-mile one-way walk from the Charles River to Newton Centre also begins at this location. Online map Printable map Editor’s Note: The Blue Heron Trail along the stretch of the Charles River between Nahanton Park and Millennium Park is

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