History walk on the Cheney Railroad, Manchester CT

Tour and commentary of the former Cheney Railroad from the North End to Center Springs Park and back. Terrain is bumpy and sometimes wet. Slow to moderate pace. Co-sponsored by the CT Forest & Park Association's Family Ramble program, but all are welcome, including singles. No dogs, please! No rain date, and I plan to go unless there are torrential downpours.

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  • Susan B

    Nice group of congenial people.

    November 24, 2012

  • Heather

    I couldn't make it!

    November 24, 2012

  • Doug

    Thanks for a fun and informative walk!

    November 24, 2012

  • Joan C.

    Fun and informative and at a good clip for everyone.

    November 24, 2012

  • Simon

    Hi. Is it too late to join this?

    November 24, 2012

    • Susan B

      Simon, please do come. It's not too late. (Just seeing this now)

      November 24, 2012

  • Patrick J.

    Hi Kevin. Sick kid at home. Cannot attend. Enoy

    November 24, 2012

  • Neva

    Wow what do you do with a group this size?!!!

    November 24, 2012

  • Susan B

    Meet at the North End of Main Street in Manchester, on the north (right) side of Farr’s Sporting Goods, 2 Main Street, Manchester, CT 06042. Park at the nearby shopping plaza or Eighth Utilities District office building (please do not park in Farr's parking lot). A special favor will be given to children who attend the hike, sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association's family hike program, but open to all, including singles. Extreme weather cancels. No dogs, please.

    November 24, 2012

  • Audrey

    are dogs/kids welcome??

    November 23, 2012

  • Heather

    good question Audrey, I have a young puppy wasn't sure if that was ok, however I assumed kids would be. Thought it would be good and educational for them.

    November 23, 2012

  • Joanne M.

    This will be my first event with this group

    November 23, 2012

  • Joan C.

    Tried finding the meetup starting location. What is the name of the store at 2 Main Street? Rode around in circles - not from the area. Did end up finding Buckland Mall in my travels. I will be coming from Middletown. Looking forward to the 24th. Thanks

    November 15, 2012

    • Susan B

      Here's a tip. Most Meetup locations have an area map. Just click the name of the hike, and a map comes up. For the Cheney railroad, it's http://maps.google.co...­

      November 16, 2012

    • Joan C.

      Thank you for the info, the names of the establishments all sound familiar. Sure I passed them at least 6 times...lol

      November 16, 2012

  • Leslie l.

    Looking forward to it

    November 16, 2012

  • Linda P.

    How long is the hike. Had a hip replacement last year and though a black belt very long hikes are hard. 2-4 miles the best.
    Can I bring my dog?
    best

    October 7, 2012

    • Susan B

      The whole hike is about 3 miles round trip, and the terrain, while not hilly, is sometimes rough underfoot (rocks, roots), but we are working on the trail almost daily! Stone dust this past weekend. Re dogs, because this is co-sponsored by CT Forest & Park's family ramble program, no dogs.

      October 8, 2012

  • Steve B

    i'm wondering how long is this cheney rail trail and is it suitable for riding an off road bicycle on easily. hills, rocks, logs, bears, mountain lions, things that go bump in the night, etc.
    thanks, steve b

    October 2, 2012

    • Susan B

      Bicyclists would have a few rough patches right now, but the Manchester Land Trust just got a grant to grade parts of the trail and put in stone dust. The work will be starting in a few weeks. The entire length owned by the Land Trust is about one mile, and then the Town of Manchester just purchased about another linear mile. The original Cheney railroad (a spur from the Cheney silk mills to the main line in the North End) was 2.5 miles. It's very near suburban streets, garages, and stores, although quite peaceful and green right on the trail. We're not likely to encounter any large wild animals, just birds.

      October 2, 2012

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