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Easy Walking on the paths at Bellingham, MA Town Common

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The Bellingham Town Common isn’t  what might first come to mind as an “easy walking trail” but it has well-kept walking paths that are ideal for families to enjoy, especially on a fall day when the foliage glows in the sunlight. Skateboards and dogs are prohibited, but there’s no mention of a bike prohibition. I’ve seen lots of young children starting to learn to ride their small bikes along the paths, parents trailing behind, urging encouragement. I’ve pushed a stroller, new grandchild snoozing away, while his big sister enjoyed the compact playground tucked away from the road.

Marjorie Turner Hollman is a writer who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionMore Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionEasy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed, and Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. Her memoir, the backstory of Easy Walks, is My Liturgy of Easy Walks: Reclaiming hope in a world turned upside down.

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Exposing the Hidden Charles on the High Street Trail

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The High Street Ball fields in Bellingham, MA appear to simply be a recreation area for organized sports in Bellingham. But when you venture to the back of the fields, you’ll find bat boxes and on the far right you’ll discover an opening in the trees that provides access to trails that will take you to a lovely spot along the Charles River. The path is, for the most part, quite easy walking. The biggest challenge is the mosquitoes. Except in late fall and winter, be prepared to use bug repellent!

Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and has completed two guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts, “Easy Walks in Massachusetts 2nd edition,” and “More Easy Walks in Massachusetts.” A native Floridian, she came north for college and snow! New England Regional Chair for the Association of Personal Historians, she is a Certified Legacy Planner with LegacyStories.org, and is the producer of numerous veterans interviews for the Bellingham/Mendon Veteran’s History Project. http://www.marjorieturner.com



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The Hidden Charles reveals itself in North Bellingham

By Marjorie Turner Hollman (courtesy of Bellingham BCharles River Maple Street Bellingham MAulletin)

The Charles River is relatively small as it wends its way through Bellingham, traveling from Hopkinton (its source) to Boston, where it spills into the sea. But years ago, even these small waterways were viewed as potential sources of power. Thus, when you walk along the conservation land just off North Maple Street in Bellingham that borders the Charles River, you’ll quickly discover the remnants of an old dam. I suspect that many people pass right by, ignorant of this lovely spot as they drive north on Maple Street on their way to Rt. 126 and destinations farther north. Continue reading

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Walkers Can Enjoy Stall Brook Trail

By Marjorie Turner Hollman  (courtesy of Bellingham Bulletin)

The Stall Brook Trail head is located directly behind Stall Brook Elementary School, in the north end of Bellingham, MA, just north of Maple Street on Rt. 126. The broad, somewhat level trail is accessible to families with children of all ages. Continue reading

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