Grandmothers Head Hike


Located in Walden
Where To Find Us
google marker shows approximate location follow directions to find parking area and trail head
Newburne Rd
Walden, NS
Areas Served Lunenburg County
Phone 902-543-8181
Contact Trudy Payne, Director of Recreation Services
Mailing Address c/o Municipality of the District of Lunenburg 
210 Aberdeen Rd 
Bridgewater, NS B4V 4G8
Fax 902-527-1135
Description & Services
Information This trail is on private property. Please contact the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg to access permission to use this trail. 
Getting There 
From Hwy 103 Exit 11, head North (the Cornwall Rd.) for 23km to Newburne. Turn right 5.3km to the stop sign at Walden. Turn right. Go about 0.5km just past house #4181 (on the right) to the entrance to a field on your left. Park in this field. 
The Hike 
Walk diagonally across the field to the back corner on the right hand side. You will find the entrance to an old road which is the start of the hike. At about 0.5km the trail divides. A blue arrow painted on a piece of plywood shows the way to go, to the left. 
A further 400m or so and the trail divides again. The original old road went to the right but is so overgrown you might not notice it. You go left here. 
Continue on for 0.7 km and you will come to a rise to a rather open and confusing spot. A blue arrow painted on a piece of plywood points to the right. Don't go this way, or you will walk 4km back in a loop to the start! Turn left instead. The trail is not very distinct here, but if you beat down the ferns and undergrowth a bit you can find it. 
A further 260m brings you to another side trail. Keep straight on, and another 200m will bring you down to a brook. Then another 200m and you cross a second brook. From here on its just a matter of following the trail through the woods. There is tape to mark the way in some places, and where there is no trail (eg. over rock) there are arrows or tape to show the way. 
After a long way, about 1.8km, you suddenly come to a huge rock. You don't have to climb it! Continue on the trail which loops around and up a steep hill to the summit. 
At the top there is a survey monument and a "standing stone" which some people must have struggled to erect. From the top you can see many miles in almost every direction except SE where the view down towards Mothers Head Lake is blocked by trees. To the NE you can just glimpse some water, probably a part of Nevertell lake, 3km away. 
Return by the same trail. 
Total distance, there and back, is only 8.3km but you should allow 3 hours to complete it. 
Grandmother's Head Hike, Walden, in October with the District of Lunenburg Recreation Department.
Special Information
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