Tuesday Hike News - Avon Trail Tuesday morning hike on January 1st, picture taken on Sandhills Road at km 75.3 of the trail. A dozen Tuesday hikers started out the New Year (2013) on the right foot.
Each Tuesday throughout the year the members of the Avon Trail Hiking Club meet with their guests for a morning walk usually on a small section of the 100 km Avon Trail - see Hike Schedule below. This walk is multi-purpose mostly to keep the hikers in trim between major hikes. It also serves as a way of keeping an eye on the trail for maintenance purposes but at the same time the walkers enjoy the camaraderie whilst taking in the country air. [Notes by Dennis and Picture by Julia]
1. We car pool.
We want to have the least amount of cars on the road sides as possible – this is why we encourage car pooling with a rendezvous. But if you do not live in Stratford, consider meeting us at the end of the hike‘s location.
2. 6th Edition Guidebook
It comes with coloured maps and will be available at the members meeting March 20th and at the various outlets afterwards. The cost are $10 for members and $ 15 for others. The outlets are listed on The Avon Guide web page.
3. Hiking Each Tuesday/Tuesday Morning Rambles - Year Round
All are weather dependent. Meet in the parking lot (off Lakeside Dr.) at the William Allman Memorial Arena, 25 Morenz Drive, Stratford by 9:00 a.m. to decide hike locations. Casual easy hiking. Coffee time usually follows. Contact: Dennis 519-273-6798
4. Looking for Shorter Hikes?
Avon Trail has compiled some suggested walks in the Stratford and surrounding area. Look here.
Saturday, March 15, 2014 - View Migrating Tundra Swans 8:30 am.
Meet at the northwest corner of Giant Tiger, 477 Huron St, Stratford to car pool to the Hullett Provincial Wildlife Area (Wikepedia). Dress for the weather. It can be windy. Bring snacks and water. Hike is 7 km in length over the dikes at the Hullett taking about 2.5 hours plus 45 minute travelling time each way. Easy-level terrain. Contact: Bernard 519-273-1468.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - Regular Members Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Meet at the Kiwanis Community Centre Complex, 111 Lakeside Drive, Stratford. Dale and Jane will be speaking on their hikes in the Rocky Mountains. Agenda includes a few business items plus our guests.
New hiking spots in the Ingersoll area consisting of easy to moderate walks totalling about 8 km.
This is a ‘Poker Rally’ hike series. Winner earns a free lunch on Karen, our president. Explanation: Hike Leader Karen carries a deck of cards. At the end of each of these four short hikes, you draw from the deck of cards. Karen will keep a tally of the number value of your card. The person with the highest accumulated numbers, wins with the Hike Leader paying for your Brunch at Jakeman’s.
Bring your Oxford County Seek and Explore Guide or download individual PDF trail maps provided in each of the four hikes listed below.
Meet by 9:00 a.m. at MacDonald’s, 709 Erie Street, Stratford, N4Z 1A2 to car pool.
Hike Leader: Karen 519-393-6544
Brunch is available only until 1:00 p.m.
Map Resource 1: Ingersoll (PDF) ... see other map links below
Map Resource 2: Two Ingersoll Trails Maps (PDF) ... see other map links below
Hike 1 of 4 - John Lawson Park Trail, 2.75 km, Easy/Family (Download PDF Trail Map)
This wide easy looped trail in Ingersoll follows the south side of the Thames River within the Town of Ingersoll.
Directions to trail: Accessed from Charles Street, West, at the bottom of Wonham Street, South, Ingersoll (Google Maps). Directions from Stratford: Take Oxford 6 (Embro Rd) south turning left onto Beachville Rd. Entering Ingersoll this same road changes names to Charles Street East and then to Charles Street West. Watch for signs to turn south towards the river at Wonham Street.
Hike 2 of 4 - Thomas Ingersoll Scenic Trail, 2.5 km, Easy/Family (Download PDF Trail Map)
This trail is in Ingersoll and follows a waterway from the Cheese Museum to the Gazebo in downtown Ingersoll. Directions from John Lawson Trail to the Thomas Ingersoll Trail (Google Maps): Take Charles back and turn right (south) on to Thames Street South until you turn left (east) onto King Street. We will leave some cars here and then head along King Street East turning right onto Harris Street pulling into the Ingersoll Cheese and Agricultural Museum parking lot, 290 Harris Street, Ingersoll, at Canterbury Street (Google Maps | Street View). After the hike, we will return to pick up cars at the Cheese Museum on Harris/Canterbury.
Hike 3 of 4 - Lawson Tract Trail, 2 km, Easy/Moderate (Download PDF Trail Map)
This Tract is located south of Ingersoll in a grassy, treeless area of about one hectare.
Directions from the Thomas Ingersoll Scenic Trail to the Lawson Tract: See route on Google Maps. Also, according to Ingersoll District Nature Club, "... Turn left (east) on McBeth Road and drive 1.5 km. Watch for #363685 on the left - signage is easily visible. There is a small parking area adjacent to the gate, and additional parking is allowed along the road."
Hike 4 of 4 - Trillium Woods and Jakeman’s for Brunch. 1 km (Download PDF Trail Map)
The Trillium Woods has a wide looped trail through a mature sugar bush with many of the trees labelled.
Located 0.5 km north of the Sweaburg Road east of the Village of Sweaburg and handily across the road from Jakeman’s Maple Products (454414 Trillium Line, Beachville, ON) where we head for brunch about noon.
Directions from the Lawson Tract to Jakeman’s: Return north on Culloden Line turning right onto Union Street – don’t go under the 401 – and pick up Curry Road to the left. Curry Road will take you right to Trillium Line where we turn south ( right) to reach the Trillium Woods and Jakeman’s Maple Syrup. See this route in Google Maps.