Walk around Old Town

  • August 3, 2014 · 10:00 AM

I had hopes the weather might clear, but there's still a 60% chance of rain in the forecast on Sunday. Let's stay on the sidewalks and enjoy a walk around Old Town.

The route: Starting from the sidewalk in front of Teaism at 628 St Asaph, we'll make a big counter-clockwise circuit of Old Town. We'll cross under the railroad tracks at Braddock Road, head southwest to check out where Fort Ellsworth once stood, enjoy a panoramic view of Old Town from in front of the Masonic Temple, and then work our way to the waterfront along Wilkes Street. At the waterfront, we'll turn north and follow the shoreline to Founders Park, with a short break at the Torpedo Factory. From Founders Park we'll walk west along Oronoco St to St Asaph St, turn right, and return to our starting point.

The walk is an easy 5 miles of smiles and should take about 2 hours. The surface is paved throughout, with an uphill stretch onto Shuter's Hill but otherwise easy going.

A Google map is here: http://tinyurl.com/o9vp7rh

How to get there:

• Driving: From Highway 1 (either direction), turn east on Wythe Street (left if you're southbound; right if you're northbound) and drive 3-4 blocks to St. Asaph Street. Turn right, and Teaism is halfway down the block on the right. There is free parallel parking on Sunday all around the adjoining streets.

• Metro: From Braddock Metro Station, walk east 8 blocks (1/2 mile) on Wythe Street to North St. Asaph Street, turn right, and Teaism is 1/2 block south on the right.

What to bring: Water, comfy shoes, and your furry friend if desired (leashes, please). An umbrella might be handy in case showers appear. As a reminder, this is a kids-free zone, no one under 18 years of age is permitted.

Administrative stuff: There are restrooms and drinking fountains at the Torpedo Factory along our way. Before and the walk, there are restrooms and beverages at Teaism, or at Starbuck's around the corner (please see the Google map).

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  • Grace

    had a wonderful time.

    August 4

  • cheryl

    Thank you for a great new view of my hometown!

    1 · August 4

  • Louise

    Loved the new route and the historical elements John always adds in to the "plan."

    1 · August 3

  • mark


    1 · August 3

  • SC

    ... fun as always, nice way to start a Sunday. Thanks John

    2 · August 3

  • Susan

    Fun, fun, fun walk today! Thanks for the interesting walk John.

    2 · August 3

  • Martin B.

    Enjoyable walk with lots to see in and around Old Town

    1 · August 3

  • Doug R.

    Nice casual pace and no rain...

    2 · August 3

  • John M

    Nice morning, fun friends! Thanks!!

    2 · August 3

  • Ann H.

    AWESOME! Thanks it was a lot of fun!

    August 3

  • Ann H.

    AWESOME! Thanks it was a lot of fun!

    2 · August 3

  • Brenda

    or the Sky Susan's life hike! As usual, John magically kept the predicted rain at bay. Thanks for always leading a well organized, interesting walk.

    3 · August 3

  • Skysusan

    Thank you so much John... As always, such a good leader... Cheers everyone! Sky

    3 · August 3

  • ML M.

    Oh crap I am on S Asaph not N Asaph. We will see if I can get there in time. Tried your phone John but no answer

    August 3

  • Cheryl (.

    John, what time around will you be at Braddock Metro station? Thx

    August 2

    • Cheryl (.

      Sorry for last minute canceling. See you on the next walk!

      August 3

    • Terri

      Can't do the whole walk but am hoping to join you in progress---likely at Masonic Temple.

      August 3

  • Ann H.

    I may be a few minutes late

    August 3

  • Ling

    Signed up but can't make it. Hopefully next time

    August 3

  • DJ G.

    Have to bow out at the last minute - so sorry - next time for sure

    August 3

  • Jim

    John's historical annotations on the map are excellent - worth a couple minutes' reading to get a handle on the heritage along the route.

    1 · August 2

  • Laura

    Oh, wish I could. Leaving for vacation that day. Next time!

    August 1

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