A Beautiful Day for a Walk

People of all ages came to historic Stonehurst on Sunday, October 16, for “Waltham Walks at Stonehurst,” an annual event organized by Stonehurst, Healthy Waltham, and the Waltham Land Trust.  Located atop a hill at the end of the winding Robert Treat Paine Drive off Beaver Street in Waltham, Stonehurst sits amidst 109 acres of beautiful conservation land. “This is an unexpected oasis in the middle of Waltham.  It was great to welcome everyone here to discover and enjoy this amazing property,” said Ann Clifford, Curator of Stonehurst.  “Waltham Walks at Stonehurst” is part of Let’s Move Waltham, a city-wide initiative to encourage healthful activities such as walking.  Attendees enjoyed an afternoon of exploring the forests, fields, rocks and hills surrounding the property; playing on the lawn; kids’ crafts; and just sitting and relaxing in the sun.

Diana Young, Vice-President of the Waltham Land Trust, led a walk along the Western Greenway Trail and through the Storer Conservation Lands, which surrounds the property. “We are always happy to show families how the Western Greenway Trail connects the High School, Middle School, and Northeast Elementary with the many paths of Stonehurst,” said Sonja Wadman, Program Director of the Waltham Land Trust. Ann Clifford of Stonehurst led another group to the historic ruins and artifacts nestled in the woods around the estate.  Kids’ crafts and halloween activities were led by students from Brandeis University.

The grounds around Stonehurst and the surrounding Storer Conservation Lands, overseen by the Waltham Conservation Commission, are open daily sunrise to sunset; maps are available at the door. Please see www.stonehurstwaltham.org for more information.  For more places to walk in Waltham, please check out the Waltham Land Trust at www.walthamlandtrust.org.


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