Here is where I walked today. My husband was working at home today and agreed to keep the kids so I could get out and enjoy the fresh air. For some reason my thoughts turned to a walking route in Stow. I had only visited it once before, with a moms’ group when my son was very small, so at least 5 years ago. But today I was drawn to it again.
The Delaney Flood control area is an interesting spot. From the parking lot you start off on a track that sits on top of a “dam”, so it was elevated and pretty windy. From there you arrive at a large open field that is criss-crossed with walking paths. The main path leads into the woods and once there, less well-marked but still fairly obvious trails lead off in several directions.
I liked the fact that all the trails intersect, so it is very easy to plan a route that fills the time you have available, just by adding different loops. I wanted to walk for 40 minutes and so when I arrived back at the “dam” with 6 minutes still to spare, I just added a small extra loop to fill the time. It looks like I walked 2.32 miles, so my pace was about 3.5 mph. That’s an average – it was definitely faster on the flat stretches, and slower in the wooded bits, where the path was less well marked and I had to watch my footing.
I had a lot of fun, earned 4 activity points, and will definitely be back here again soon!