New edition just released….
The carriage roads are near and dear to my heart. The village area of Seal Harbor is my second home , and the carriage roads are just steps from my door. For getting around on them, Diane Abrell’s guide to the Carriage Roads is one of the best reference books you’ll find !
I still have my well worn first edition, and a much used second edition of this great reference book. So I was honored when Down East asked to use my photos in this third edition of the book.
One of the things I reference most in the book is the mileage between the sign markers. Though the maps show cumulative totals as the loop progresses, I use that info to calculate distances in making my own loops. Do I want a short walk or an all day adventure? When other books give me time estimates, I always have to at least double the time. Not because I am a slow walker (well maybe a little) but mostly because …I stop to take pictures! That takes time! So with some experience, knowing the actual miles helps me plan better. And the descriptions of each loop will give you a good idea of the terrain, which is equally important as a hilly terrain will be much more time consuming and strenuous. All of this helps plan a great walk!
From the village of Seal Harbor one of my favorite custom loops, not in the book, is from the Jordan Pond Road Bridge head toward Redfield Hill Loop, at # 30 turn left, at 27 left, at 28 straight, to Cobblestone Bridge at #24. From here you can make a short loop back via Redfield Hill loop or a longer route back via the Jordan Stream Loop. This is the walk I took when I made the image featured on the cover. You can also get to the bridge from the Jordan Pond House by following the Jordan Stream Loop. The many maps in this book include the bridges and the intersection markers for easy reference.
There are so many variations! With this book as a guide you can introduce yourself to the most well known loops or make your own. How about including the Island Explorer bus to complete your route back to your car! That’s not in the book but easy to do. Do you have a favorite custom loop? Add a comment here. Let’s share!
The inside of the book is printed with maps and graphics in mind so the black and white images don’t reveal the beauty of the seasons. To see the color versions these images go to
This gallery includes images of every carriage road bridge and more !
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