Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hiking Sutton's back roads

Here in Sutton we are almost spoiled for choice when it comes to mountain trails but I find that walking the backroads is the best way to discover the true beauty of the Townships. Old barns, babbling brooks, towering trees, wild flowers, vistas and views are all waiting to be discovered. Roads are wide making them ideal for a walk with friends and traffic is sparse so you can stroll along without danger.

The McClarty house - Sutton's oldest.
Look at a map and pick out a circuit. Drive to any point. Park. Walk. My friend Catherine and I have walked many circuits on Sutton's backroads. They take anything from one to two hours. We keep them fresh by returning in different seasons, varying our start point and walking both clockwise and counter clockwise. I guarantee that anywhere you walk will be a delight but here are a few suggesions to get you started:
  • Walk up Mountain which starts behind A La Fontaine restaurant on Principale. It takes you from the village up past increasingly rural surroundings with lovely views up to the Round Top. Turn back at Schweizer or, if you are feeling keen, turn right, continue over Principale and up Jordon, turn right on Westwood, follow all the way to Dyer, turn right and walk back to Principale. A great route but a solid two and a half hours.
  • About 15 minutes drive from Sutton try the Rosenberry, Muir, Turkey Hill, Mont-Echo circuit. Absolutely beautiful, off the beaten track all together. About 90 minutes.
  • Drive 10 minutes to Abercorn for the  circuit made up by des Eglises Ouest, Spencer, Hillcrest, Route 139, Thibault Nord.  About an hour.

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