hike #17

Layen Road to Bruce Hill Road, Jersey Hill, Danby

Meet-up: corner of Town Line Road and Layen Road

Click here  to see the Google Maps page showing the corner, and the directions and driving time from the library.

This hike starts and ends with a delightful scene. We walk along the edge of a huge field for 15-20 minutes each way – great views out over the inlet valley and into West Hill – and a beautiful expanse of grass stretching to the horizon.

In winter it can be windy and the path along the field can be piled high with drifted snow. In summer there are rolls of hay scattered about, fragrant grapes growing and apple trees brimming with fruit.

The terrain is extremely satisfying – a great example of how the natural landscape can create a mood

Most of the walk is in the woods – nothing spectacular but it’s very pleasing – some moderate ups and downs  —  and one brief but very steep slope that can be quite challenging, depending on conditions.

One curiosity – we pass a small old rock quarry beyond Bruce Hill Road – interesting place.