January was the month of Bourne
Congrats if you guessed It!!!!!!
Bourne, MA is the first town you hit after crossing either the Sagamore or Bourne bridge. Here is a review of all we discovered!!
Clue #1 This colorful wall is the underpass below the railroad tracks at our first stop-Monks Park, one of the many wonderful properties of the Bourne Conservation Trust. Located on the shore at the end of Valley Bars Road, this favorite of the locals is on the small side (20acres) but packs a big punch! There are loops and cross trails that are very well marked. You will encounter some moderate hills and do use caution when near railroad tracks and the water. This property borders Little Bay with beautiful views throughout and several access points. The property adjoins another trail named Little Bay so we combined the two and were able to squeeze out a great 3 mile walk. We will definitely be back in the spring when the ice breaks! Trail map: http://www.bourneconservationtrust.org/maps/4-littlebay_5-monks.pdf
A stop at the Lobster Trap on your way out after a walk would be a great treat! 290 Shore Road, Bourne. They have outdoor seating in season to sit with your dog and great take out year round!
Clue #2 Four Ponds Conservation is absolutely magnificent…….located on Barlows Landing Road just past County Road with ample parking on the right. Brya is a Lab afterall, so water is our best friend! This 280 acre property is owned by the town and very well maintained. My only criticism is there is not a trial map on the property so we walked “blind”. For those who love adventure like me & Brya, you too could get a bit lost and end up in the adjoining Pocasset Town Forest like we did! There are literally hundreds of different ways to enjoy this property. I did finally find a trail map when I got home; however the trails were marked by different names. It should prove to be helpful anyway! http://www.bikerag.com/images/MAPS/MA/ma_four_ponds_bourne_map.png
Clue #3 Ironically, the town of Bourne stretches long and wide encompassing the Cape Cod Canal which in itself is a perfect location for walking your dog. This third clue was at the windmill poised at the entrance to the Aptucxet Trading Post (pictured) anchored by the Abandoned Grey Gables Station (on right) originally built for the use of President Grover Cleveland during his presidency in the late 1890s to access his summer home in Bourne. For more history: http://www.bournehistoricalsociety.org/aptucxet-museum/
The Cape Cod Canal paved trail is well maintained and spans 13.5mi from Railroad Bridge to the Sandwich parking lot. You will often see tugboats, barges, and other boat traffic. I once saw a seal swimming along at low tide. After finishing a respectable 4 miles on the canal we stopped at Gray Gables Market under new ownership after being closed for two years. This store located at 185 Shore Road, Bourne, has been a landmark in the town for years, so we are glad to have them back! You can get everything from fresh made donuts, sandwiches, groceries for your visit, and any other essential you can think of!
Clue #4 You would drive right by Bourne Sister’s Woodland as we did if you weren’t really carefully looking. Tucked away between two residences, on County Road just before Shaker Drive where there is enough parking for 2 or maybe 3 cars. By far the smallest conservation area we traversed, but so quaint! The heavily wooded trails are well marked and abut a small pond and Brookside Golf Course. This is where we found the Christmas tree fully decorated by the “forest elves”. If the walk isn’t quite long enough, the Leary Property owned by the Town of Bourne is directly across the street that abuts Eel Pond and is beautiful in its own right.
Make sure to come back in season (spring-fall) and dine outside at the landmark Chart Room, located at 1 Shipyard Lane, Cataumet which has a history all its own and breathtaking views.
We are so lucky to have such wonderful conservation trusts and local pet friendly restaurants here on the Cape. Please consider becoming a volunteer or give a gift to keep these trails as fantastic as they are today and try some great local food! There are so much more to do in this town….Brya and I will be back for sure!
Bourne Conservation Trust http://www.bourneconservationtrust.org/index.html
Gray Gables Market