Beyond the Charles River Bikepaths
Saturday, May 15, 2010

This year to kick off Metro Boston's 9-day Bike Week, we are going upriver from Waltham through Newton and Needham and back through Wellesley and Weston, staying as close to the Charles River as we can and looking for routes for a trail which would follow the Charles all of the way to Dedham, eventually.

Photos of our 2008 ride
Photos from our 2007 ride
Photos from rainy 2006 and its rerun

Map and Cue Sheet in PDF
Map (3.3MB JPEG image)
Altitude Profile (JPEG image)
Cue Sheet

The Blue Heron Bridge was a highlight of the last ride.


  • Where: start at the upstream side of the Moody St. bridge over the Charles River in Waltham.
  • When: Leave at 10am; plan on arriving by 9:45am to organize.
    The ride shouldn't take much over 2 hours from whenever we start.
  • Distance: about 17 miles.
  • Pace: Relaxed, around 10 MPH.
  • Terrain: Usually flat.
  • Route: Off-road paved paths, a bit of unpaved path, quiet streets, and a few brief stretches of busy streets.
  • Leader: Doug Mink

Brought to you by the MassBike MetroBoston chapter

Getting There


Bike up either side of the Charles River to Waltham. We'll meet on the south side of the river on the upstream side of Moody St.



Park on a side street away from Moody St., which has meters.

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Bailout points

Anywhere along the river, you can simply turn around and follow it back to the starting point.