1 These are my friends Mark and Muffin leisurely crossing the sparkling Beaver Dam Brook on the spectacular Beaver Dam Sanctuary.
2 Muffin's horse, Biscuit, paused for a quenching drink of water. Definitely off the beaten path, the BRLA affords the opportunity to discover the wonders of living in Bedford.
3 Betsy on Ramon - About four years ago, Betsy and fellow BRLA member, Stan Schulman, created an updated and accurate map of the entire trail system.
4 Betsy rode more than 130-miles of trails with
a GPS antenna strapped to her helmet. She did this during the cold and leafless winter months to collect accurate data from the satellites.
5 Betsy considered the task a wonderful excuse to explore each and every trail upon one of my Friesians.
6 After each ride she would download the mapped data and email them to Stan, who fed them into a state-of-the-art mapmaking program, translating the data into a wonderful and detailed map.
7 Combining this new map data with existing trail data, the BRLA now has a wonderful document for members to refer to.
8 We passed by this stately stone house.
9 This was probably the carriage house for the estate.
10 Riding along Harris Rd.
11 A brick walled estate on Harris Road
12 A better look at that fabulous wall ornament
13 The driveway entrance features twin guard houses.
14 Muffin, who is in real estate, wanted us to see Cassiobury, the house behind the wall.
15 It is a Georgian-style built in 1927. The original Cassiobury was a Castle in England that was dismantled. The building materials were salvaged and shipped here for this structure.
16 The linden trees that line the driveway have been pollarded, a system of pruning where the upper branches of a tree are removed, promoting a dense head of foliage and branches, keeping the tree at a desired height.
17 Continuing on Harris Road
18 Sam, wearing the red helmet, gave us another tour of a different property.
19 A very charming run in shed
20 Muffin, Peter, and Betsy enjoying this sprawling piece of property
21 Across the way, a magnolia was beginning to bloom.
22 Back on the Harris Road trail heading into the woods
23 This trail traversed a deep ravine.
24 It's an especially beautiful trail.
25 The property owners have constructed an elaborate footpath through their woods.
26 The footpath is solidly built and leads down into the ravine.
27 More of the footpath in the distance
28 The property owners do an excellent job of maintaining this riding lane, complete with retaining wall and railing.
29 More of those stairs and trails
30 Betsy riding ahead
31 Just amazing!
32 Of course there would be a tree house!
33 We then rode into St. Matthew's Woods and Arthur Ketchum Memorial Sanctuary.
34 Forging a different section of Beaver Dam Brook
35 St. Matthew's Church keeps these trails in fine shape.
36 After crossing over this wooden bridge, we soon came upon...
37 Some very marshy wetlands. Keep the horses out of there!
38 If you look closely, you can see lots of skunk cabbage emerging from the marsh.
39 Riding along, we encountered some horse jumps.
40 More jumps
41 We finished our ride on my property.