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A WALK IN THE WOODS

Before we get to the full blown snow and nor’easters. Before we head into the gym and turn our fitness into spin classes, Pilates reformers and Barre. Before we chuck it all and bingewatch from the sectional. Take a moment to enjoy a few walks through some of Hingham’s most beautiful landscapes.

World’s End - Fabulous, refreshing, peaceful and balancing.  Need I say more?  The gate-keeper will charge you $5 if you don’t have a Trustees Membership, but regardless, the walk - whether it’s a small loop with the kids foraging for acorns and moss or a full out power walk - pay the money and get on with it.  It’s worth walking out to the outer loops and taking in the views of Boston, the smell of the sea air, and the sound of the water at the shore. Can I go nap now? I’m relaxed just thinking about it.

Whitney and Thayer Woods – Two entrances: Take 3A towards Cohasset - the entrance to Whitney Thayer is across from Sohier Road. Or enter at the top of Turkey Hill.  Park in the lot, grab a map {download one here} {a map is a must, leave breadcrumbs too, or you'll find yourself wandering Hansel and Gretl style} and just walk. Wodded yet with well-maintained trails, Whitney-Thayer makes you feel like you are off in Vermont, far from the madding crowd. The trails past mossy rocks and light-dappled hills are enchanting enough to make you believe perhaps a wood fairy will leap out in front of you at any moment.  A less enchanted trail, but easy to manage with little ones, is the old rail bed running through the park. Find it on the map- it's nice for a bike ride too.

Nantasket Beach – This is a beautiful place to walk regardless of the weather.  The colder temperatures make for stormier seas, which in itself are exciting to see and hear. Try to go at lower tide otherwise you will have to venture further on down the beach {Kenberma} to find room to walk. Take your dog {on a leash to be completely compliant} after Labor Day and before Memorial Day they're actually legal.

If you're feeling brave- Wompatuck, The Town Forest off Prospect Street {George Washington Woods} and Brewer Woods are all worth a trip. But perhaps if you are a skittish Betty like me, bring a friend {or two or three}, a cell phone and your wits.  Just saying.

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