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The Delaware Canal in Yardley.

YARDLEY >> The public is invited to join the Friends of the Delaware Canal on Thursday, December 27 to “Hike Out the Old Year.”

This invigorating five-mile, round-trip walk through Yardley will begin at 10 a.m. at the Black Rock Road Picnic Area at the intersection of the Canal and Black Rock Road in Yardley.

Led by Susan Taylor, Executive Director of the Friends, walkers will pass the town of Yardley and end at Lock 6. Along the way, hikers will see the railroad line built in 1876 just in time to take New Yorkers to the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. Lock 5, with its alterations stands nearby. In downtown Yardley, participants will take a short sprint up Afton Avenue to see the historic sites, and then back to the towpath to cross over the Brock Creek Aqueduct.

Two bridges will soon come into view – the Mary Yardley Footbridge, originally built to get riverfront neighbors to the Main Street trolley line, and Sommer’s Bridge, which is one of the six remaining authentic camelback bridges along the Canal. At Lock 6, some new and colorful tales once told by Chester Lear, son of the locktender there, will be recounted.

On the way back to Black Rock Road, walkers may choose to head off into the center of Yardley and have lunch on their own. The other option is to burn more calories by walking directly back to the starting point. Whether done before or after having lunch, the return walk is an easy one.

“Hike Out the Old Year” will be held unless it is raining, snowing, or conditions are hazardous. If in doubt, check for a GO/NO GO message on the home page of www.fodc.org.

The Friends of the Delaware Canal is an independent, not-for-profit organization working to restore, preserve, and improve the Delaware Canal and its surroundings. Its primary goals are to ensure that the Canal is fully watered from Easton to Bristol and that the towpath trail is useable over its entire length.

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