Trail Talk – December 7, 2017

It has been some time since Trail Talk was published. The aim is to list upcoming hikes in the area, (most of which are organized by the Maitland Trail Association) and to give news of other items concerning the local trails.

I am Patrick Capper and, since moving to the area in 2006, have walked the local trails. I have walked my black Shih Tzu nearly every day on the trails, usually from 45 minutes to 2 hours in the morning and 30 or so minutes in the late afternoon or evening for 9 years (he joined me as a two years old). This amount to about 6000 trips on Huron County Trails (I am usually away about 3-4 weeks).

There are three active weekday morning hiking groups.

Tuesdays The Maitland Trail Tuesday Trompers walk every Tuesday at 9 a.m. on different trails, and then go for snacks afterwards. If you wish to get on the email list indicating the location of the week’s hike then go to the Maitland Trail Web site and send a message. Or contact Allan Sanders at These walks last about an hour at a moderate pace and sometimes a few people will walk a shorter distance at a slower pace.

Wednesdays A group meet to hike of one and half hours to two hours at a moderately fast pace on most Wednesdays at 9 a.m. To get information on these contact me at

Fridays The LIFE hikers are organized through One Care. They meet at the Betty Cardno Centre in Clinton, usually at 8:10 a.m. or later at the Trail Head . The group is divided into Strollers who usually walk about one and half hours at a slower pace and the Striders who aim for about 2 hours at a faster pace. The two groups meet up afterwards for snacks. To find out more details contact Cheryl Phillips at

Occasional Thursday Mornings The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association usually have one Thursday hike a month starting at 9 a.m. at a moderate pace and are advertised in the Bayfield Breeze an On line weekly. This group also usually have one Sunday afternoon hike a month.

Pole Walking in Bayfield Men Mon & Thurs 8:30 AM; Women Tues & Thurs 9 a.m.; Wed 9 a.m. (longer) call One Care 1-877-502-8277

As stated in the Huron County Winter Walking pamphlet the benefits of walking are:

  • Improves mental, social and physical health, balance, posture, muscle strength.
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease, developing high blood pressure, diabetes, and improves bone –health to reduce the risk of fracture from falls
  • A good way to spend time with others

If you have any interesting news or observations about the trails that you think would be of interest to readers of Trail Talk please let me know ( I also plan in future editions to highlight one of the Huron County Trails.