Hiking Inwood Park + Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park

  • September 29, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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We'll take a few hours to hike/walk/explore Inwood park and the Indian caves. Terrain is mostly gravel/paved, so sturdy sneakers are fine, but hiking shoes are preferred. There may be some light rock scrambling.

After Inwood, we'll hike down to Ft. Tryon park and check out the festival!

Here are the details about the Medieval Festival:

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http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/09/29/medevial-festival
and
http://medievalfaires.com/event/medieval-festival-at-fort-tryon-park/

Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park

Sunday, September 29, 2013

11:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Please join us for the 29th annual Medieval Festival on September 29th, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Fort Tryon Park. This festival brings to life the customs and spirit of the Middle Ages. Fort Tryon Park is transformed into a medieval market town decorated with bright banners and processional flags. Performers, guests and festival goers dress in medieval costume. Visitors are greeted by authentic period music, dance, magic, and minstrels, as well as jugglers and jesters. The afternoon is concluded with a thrilling joust between four knights on horseback. Costumed vendors will be on hand to demonstrate and sell a wide variety of medieval crafts as well as food and drink. Experience the culture of a bygone era against the backdrop of the Cloisters museum and the Hudson River during autumn's peak. We invite all ages to join us for this unique experience.

The festival is held in the area surrounding the world famous Cloisters, a magnificent museum of medieval art located in northern Manhattan.

The event is free but Medieval crafts, clothing, etc. and food will be available for purchase.

This event is co-sponsored by Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation

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HOW TO FIND US:

We meet at the park entrance - http://goo.gl/maps/QSUGX <-- LOOK at the Map!
Take the A-Train to the last stop [Inwood 207th] or 1-Train to 215th.

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Inwood Route - 5 Miles Walk

Folks.. Here's the loose route we'll follow for Sunday's walk/hike through Inwood, before hitting Fort Tryon and the Medieval Festival.  It will be approx 5 miles, by the time we get to the Fest.

Check out this map on MapMyHike: 5.05 mi Exploring Inwood Hill Park NYC - Group Walk/Hike | Distance: 5.05 mi   http://www.mapmyhike.com/routes/view/295476667

This is part of what we walked on Saturdays group tour with Parks Services, but we'll expand it and hit more pathways. There are some things that were overlooked, and the pathways themselves are just relaxing to walk and explore. So we'll add some mileage. We'll take around 3 hours. Maybe a bit more, and then head down to Fort Tryon.

Bring your cameras! I would also suggest you bring a bottle of water. We'll be on the trails for a while and there are no fountains.

As this group is going to be **GIMONGOUS**, Expect me to do a LOT of yelling ;-)

RULE #1: NO WHINING! 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Steve, It was a nice walk and fun to walk up the Indian cave. I enjoyed my day, it was great

    1 · October 1, 2013

    • Steve H

      You're welcome, Maria.

      October 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had not realized time changed. Was there 11:15 and thought I missed group. Did get to go to festival at Cloisters. Hope to connect on another walk.

    September 30, 2013

    • Steve H

      The time NEVER changed. It was 11:00am start time from the day the event was posted.

      October 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh, I was too late - hope to meet in the future.

      October 1, 2013

  • Tom N

    Thanks for the hike, Steve! I think I saw more of Inwood Hill Park Sunday than I've seen on all my previous visits combined.

    September 30, 2013

    • Steve H

      You're welcome Tom. That was the goal. So did I!

      October 1, 2013

  • Gladys A.

    The Hiking Inwood Park was a new an exciting experience for me. I had a great time.

    1 · September 30, 2013

  • Angela B.

    Steve, awesome time, love it, great bunch of people, warm, friendly and fun...See you in two weeks to hike Bear Mountain 2X Hike & Oktoberfest...Thanks...

    1 · September 29, 2013

    • Steve H

      Thanks Angela.. It'll be a butt (and leg) kicking time!

      September 29, 2013

  • Gayle

    apologies for this late notice. Hope you are all having a splendid time and look forward to joining another outing.

    September 29, 2013

  • Gayle

    So sorry I could not make this due to work. And was not able to access meet up earlier.

    September 29, 2013

  • Rosedelle D.

    Apologies for the last minute change. My cousin has just become engaged and our family set up the engagement celebration dinner for tomorrow! Ack! I was so looking forward to going hiking. Really looking forward to the next.

    September 28, 2013

    • Steve H

      Wait.. Really? LoL, that's great! Send our congratulations :-D

      September 29, 2013

  • Linh N.

    Sorry to cancel out at the last minute. I have problem at work. Have fun everyone.

    September 29, 2013

    • Steve H

      Linh, thanks for updating your RSVP!

      September 29, 2013

  • Steve H

    Folks, the event was scheduled to start at 11am. I rarely wait more than 15 minutes for people to show up. You cannot arbitrarily show up when it's convenient for you and think I'm going to turn around to retrieve you. You're either on time or you miss out.

    September 29, 2013

  • Alfonso

    We may be running late

    September 29, 2013

  • Vivian

    Is it safe to walk alone from the subway stop to park entrance?

    September 27, 2013

  • Steve H

    I'll be wearing a Meetup shirt & yellow bandanna.

    September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    see you all at Seaman Ave. per Steve H.

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Steve H

    PEOPLE : We meet where I told you to meet. There is a map link. Period. End of discussion. Or you're on your own.

    3 · September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where are we meeting then?

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll see you in the morning

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I disagree with Susan. The A train stop there is a little island in the midst of a large intersection, or on a narrow street crowded with shops. I think meeting at 207th Street is much nicer, and I would say, that if you get out at 207th, you're a whopping 2 blocks from the park. It might make more sense to meet in the actual park so those who are earlier can sit on a bench, and so that there's more space. For that reason, I say meet in the park, on 207th Street and Seaman Avenue, on the benches outside the playground. That's my 2 cents.

    Also, I'm planning on bringing a small dog - any objections? Thanks

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The most convenient entrance to the park for most people will be the one only 2 blocks from the "A" express stop at 200th Street which is on Dyckman and Bwy. Two blocks west is an entrance on Payson Ave just north of Dyckman. This opening takes you right into the beautiful wooded park and to a path with a breathtaking view of the Hudson and Palisades. The entrance at Isham is a bit further from the last "A" train stop. It is also a very busy area, since it intersects baseball (little league) park, tennis, basketball, hand ball, bathrooms, soccer area and dog run, before getting to an actual entrance to the woods itself. This means it will be harder to figure out who actual members of the group are, and to collect as a group without getting in the way of the many other park goers.

    I recommend meeting at quieter Payson entrance rather than the one at Isham. There is a large field right in front of interior entrance, perfect for people to gather. I can guide u through park to see it all

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    where will we meet? i know both parks well and can offer info on hidden, not well known aspects. Would love to bring my dog if that is ok w/ everyone. She is an expert on the parks!

    September 28, 2013

  • Stanley

    Is there anyway I can join u guys later on in the hike?

    September 27, 2013

  • Li W.

    The Medieval fair or festival sounds like a lot of fun! The clear blue
    sky and the fall weather is the best time of the year for outing and hiking. It's also a time of harvest when fruits and granaries are full.
    I wish I could join you, but am afraid not this time. I wish all
    of you a good hiking in Inwood Hill Park.

    September 27, 2013

  • jean

    Looking forward to a great Sunday!

    September 26, 2013

  • Sam

    Hi Guys, I have to change my reservation. I will not be able to make it.

    September 26, 2013

    • Steve H

      Thanks for updating, Sam.

      September 26, 2013

  • Steve H

    This is from 2011. I haven't seen a map layout for this year, but I'd suspect they're similar. The entire Park will be used. http://www.whidc.org/festival//pdf/MedFestMap_2011.pdf

    September 25, 2013

  • Connie

    It looks like we wind up in a location different from where we started. If so, what transportation do we take when leaving the festival.
    Thanks!

    September 25, 2013

    • Steve H

      A train @ 190th or Dyckman. Check the map link.

      September 25, 2013

  • Grace P

    This looks to be a great day!

    1 · September 24, 2013

  • Donald P.

    Is there street parking available or better to use mass transit. I prefer to drive

    September 12, 2013

    • Steve H

      Street parking.. IF you can get it. I don't know if there are any parking garages in the area. You'll have to look it up.

      Subway is the best bet. A-train to 207th (last stop) or 1-Train to 215th (last stop in Manhattan, before going to the Bronx).

      September 16, 2013

    • Mary Y

      Street parking is near impossible anytime. Drivers are crazy there. There is a parking garage at Broadway and 218th St that's very reasonable.

      1 · September 23, 2013

  • Steve H

    If you would like a PDF document detailing everything .. and more .. that we learned from Sidney and his history tour, please follow this link: http://bit.ly/1dE0Xnp

    The 1st chapter is: "Inwood Hill and Isham Parks: Geology, Geography and History - by Sidney Horenstein"

    It goes very deep into detail and all things Inwood!

    September 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Very cool! Thanks!

      September 23, 2013

    • Steve H

      I'm stoked I found that. It really goes in depth, and now I know how he explained this off the top of his head. These are my Cliff Notes!

      September 23, 2013

  • Steve H

    Here's a clip from last years fest: http://youtu.be/KtHDeCF4Du0

    Also.. Per the festival page: "there is no public parking at the festival. The public is urged to take either the “A” train to the 190th Street Station or the M4 bus – either one take you right to the park entrance."

    September 22, 2013

  • Edward K.

    Will update if plans change

    August 14, 2013

    • Edward K.

      Have Updated & plans have changed

      September 15, 2013

  • Ilana

    Used to live there - it'll be nice to revisit the old neighborhood.

    September 8, 2013

  • Steve H

    We meet at the park entrance - http://goo.gl/maps/QSUGX
    Take the A-Train to the last stop [Inwood 207th] or 1-Train to 215th.

    September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where would everyone meet?

    August 11, 2013

  • Jenny

    Hello there!

    1 · July 30, 2013

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