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New hiking trail to offer views of  old pasture land

Volunteer crew expected to start in fall

PETERBOROUGH — An addition to the town’s network of hiking trails will soon wind above the Nubanusit River, after town officials gave the go-ahead to resident Swift Corwin to build a path starting at the end of the Evans Flat cul de sac.

“It’s an interesting piece of land along the river,” Corwin told Select Board members Joe Byk and Barbara Miller at the board’s Aug. 6 meeting. “It’s old pasture, with stone walls and interesting views.... I think it will be a way to enjoy a part of town most people don’t get to see.”

Corwin said he and Richard Pendleton have developed a plan for where the trail would go, keeping it on the higher ground and avoiding the wetlands along the river. The trail will be about 1.5 miles long, with an uphill loop at the end below the homes on Mountain View Drive.

Byk said he had reservations about approving a trail, because just a bit of human activity could disrupt the habitat for wildlife.

“I’m just talking about a walking path,” Corwin said. “I don’t think there will be a tremendous amount of traffic. A lot of the area is wet.”

“If it’s just pedestrians, I see no problem whatsoever,” resident Debby Kaiser.

Miller and Byk then voted to approve the trail.

On Friday, Corwin said he and Pendleton hope to start work on the trail in the fall.

“I’d like to get it done before the snow flies. We’ll get some volunteers to help us,” he said. “It won’t be a hard trail to make. It was old pasture. There are still old farm implements out there, in among the pines that have grown up.”

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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