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Want to Get Out and Hike the Trails in the Lake Sunapee Region?

The SUNAPEE-RAGGED-KEARSARGE GREENWAY COALITION  2013 SUMMER HIKES have been published.  Click here to find the hikes and when they are scheduled.  SRKG 2013 Hikes

 

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The Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway has scheduled, guided hikes for your enjoyment.  The Greenway is a 75 mile loop of hiking trails surrounding Lake Sunapee which cross Sunapee, Ragged, and Kearsarge Mountains.  The trails are maintained by Greenway volunteers.  The hikes are all on a Saturday and the schedule is below:

September 22 – Trail 10:  Proctor Academy to Winslow State park.  Moderate 6.0 miles, Gerry Gold 526-2857

September 29 – Trail 11:  Winslow State Park to Kearsarge Valley Rd.  Difficult 5.8 miles, Susan Chiarella 717-2222

October 6 – Trail 12:  Kearsarge Valley Road to Wadleigh State Park.  Easy 3.9 miles, Dave Gardner 927-4033

October 13 – Trail 13:  Wadleigh State park to Chalk Pond Road.  Moderate 5.4 miles, Nathan Richer 763-2127

October 20 – Trail 14:  Chalk Pond Road to Newbury Harbor.  Moderate 4.4 miles, Andy Hager 523-2846

Visit their website for more news and information www.srkg.com.

 

Want to Get Out in that Crisp, Fall Air? September Hikes On The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway

The  Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge (SRK) Greenway Coalition’s Fall 2011 hike schedule  crosses seven of the Greenway’s 14 sections, crossing parts of Newbury, Goshen, Sunapee, Springfield and New London while heading for  Wilmot Center.  September’s three Saturday hikes are listed below.  All hikes are free to the public. Please contact the leader at least a day before to get details on start time and location. Bring water, sun screen, hat, and a snack.  (E) is Easy. (M) is Moderate. (D) is Difficult.

Sept 10 (Sat): Mt. Sunapee and Lake Solitude and Summit Trail in the Fall hiking in sunshine from Newbury to Goshen!! 5.4 mi. (D) Nate Richer, 763-2127.

Sept 17 (Sat): Bog Mountain in Wilmot via streamside and woods trails with more great views. (M) Lee Carvalho, 735-5719.

Sept 24 (Sat): From Great Brook in New London uphill past historic Bunker Farm site and Wilmot Town Line to Rte 4A.  3.2 mi  (E).  Brian Faughnan, 526-7838.

The SRK Greenway Coalition is a non-profit volunteer organization that promotes hiking and land conservation.  The SRK Greenway’s 14 sections covering 75 miles of trails are open to all.  For information, visit www.srkg.com

NEW LONDON RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

The New London Recreation Department is headed by Chad Denning, Recreation Director.  The Department’s Mission Statement reads:  “The mission of the New London Recreation Department is to provide diverse and challenging life-long leisure activities to our community, thereby encouraging participation in programs that enhance one’s education, promote sportsmanship and develop good citizenship and overall well- being.”

With this in mind, the Rec Department offers a wide variety of programs both athletic and non-athletic, and special events for all age levels. Their web site (see below) offers information and links to many activities.  For example, there is a whole section on Active Lifestyle Links where one can find material on both events, such as racing, trail running and triathalons, as well as other opportunities to enjoy the out-of-doors:  the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway, the Springledge winter X-C ski trails, mountain biking in the Lake Sunapee Area, the Lake Sunapee Rowing Club, and more.

The Department offers indoor activities like “Old School PE” in November and December, yoga classes, and pick up basketball.  There are camps for soccer, lacrosse and outdoor adventures.  And this is only skimming the surface.  Visit the Town of New London’s web site at Town of New London, NH – and start enjoying all the great opportunities in our area.

29 Ways to Hike New London, NH and the Surrounding Areas

Get outside and go hiking…any time of the year!  Enjoy nature and wildlife!  What a great form of recreation that is good for your own fitness and is also a wonderful children’s activity!

The New London area offers over 29 mapped trails which are available to the public.  There are long hikes, short hikes, high and low ones.  It’s a great way to see your surroundings from a different perspective and, perhaps, even give yourself a fresh outlook.

Visit the following link on the Town of New London’s website.  You’ll have all the information you need for a great time outdoors!

New London Conservation Commission Trails

LAND CONSERVATION IN THE DARTMOUTH LAKE SUNAPEE REGION

The Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust(ASLPT), located in New London, is a private, 501(c)(3)  non-profit organization supported by 1,000+ members, which was founded in 1987 to preserve and protect the rural character of the Mt. Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region for the public benefit.  To date, ASLPT has protected 6,491 acres, consisting of 106 properties, and including 4,000 feet of shore front on Lake Sunapee. Because the organization plays a vital role in helping to preserve the special places, the views we all enjoy, and rural character of our area for the public benefit, Coldwell Banker Milestone is pleased to contribute a portion of every commission earned to ASLPT.

The majority of these properties are preserved through conservation easements, but there are other ways to accomplish this as well.  Methods of Land Conservation When the Trust accepts an easement, they also accept stewardship responsibilities, now and forever.  In addition to helping families preserve their properties and safe-guarding them for future generations, ASLPT also devotes itself to educating the people of our communities about the importance to them of protecting our environment and its ecosystems through land conservation.  Many of the open spaces in our communities which we all appreciate so much have been conserved through the efforts of their owners and ASLPT.  For more information, visit their web site at:  http://www.ausbonsargent.org/

Hike the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Loop

Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Trail

Some of the best hiking trails in our area are minded by a very dedicated group of volunteers.  These trails cover 75 miles surrounding Lake Sunapee and going over Sunapee, Ragged and Kearsarge mountains.

The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition was formed in the mid-eighties by, as their brochure says, “a group of creative environmentalists” who were associated with the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust, the Society for the Protection of NH Forests, the Lake Sunapee Protective Association and local conservationists.  That early group has evolved into a non-profit corporation led by directors from those towns which have SRKGC trails in them:  Andover, Danbury, Goshen, Newbury, New London, Springfield, Sunapee, Sutton, Warner & Wilmot.  The brochure best states their mission:  “…to create and maintain a forever-green great circle of trail corridors and protected lands providing walkers with access to the mountains, lakes, vistas and historical sites of the region.”

The SRKGC is a wonderful example of the cooperation of enthusiastic volunteers, private landowners, and state and local governments.  The organization welcomes new volunteers and memberships.  Visit their site at: http://www.srkg.com/ There you will find a wealth of information on other hiking resources, as well as additional information about the trail network itself.