Sunday, February 10, 2008

Winter Walk to Lower Mills and Milton Landing

photo of Neponset River, Lower MillsSeveral of us took a walk along the Neponset River Greenway over the weekend, spending a good amount of time near the end of the greenway around Lower Mills in Dorchester, Milton Village, and Milton Landing. This area include one of the most scenic and historic parts of Boston, with the Neponset River (see photo) roaring its way toward the ocean, and making a natural border between Milton and Dorchester.

photo of Baker Chocolate Factory, Lower MillsWe wandered around the Dorchester side of the Neponset River for awhile, taking a look at the many historic buildings and structures there, including the old Bakery Chocolate Factory (see photo), which has been converted into apartments and condos. Lower Mills itself is a gem of a neighborhood, with interesting shops, old-fashioned streetlights, old brick buildings, and a real community feel. We walked along Dorchester Avenue (the main street of Lower Mills), soaking in the history and character of this great section of Boston.

photo of Milton LandingBefore heading back to the parking lot at Pope John Paul II Park in Neponset, we spent a little time on the Milton Side of the Neponset River, walking through Milton Village and heading down to Milton Landing (see photo). Hidden away on a dead end street, Milton Landing is a quiet, peaceful spot with outstanding water views and pleasant walkways that go in various directions. Milton Landing is in the process of being renovated and redeveloped, with many condos there having sweeping views of the water below. There was virtually nobody out when we arrived at this area, so we pretty much had the walkways to ourselves. We stopped for a few minutes to enjoy the serenity of the spot before heading back to our cars, knowing we'd be back sometime in the summer to do more exploring in this interesting area just south of Boston.

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