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TRAIL INFORMATION

  1. Trail Reroute & Closures

  2. Trail Map

  3. Trail User's Code

  4. Trail Captains & Workers

  5. Trail Maintenance Inspection Report

  6. Trail History

 

1. Trail Re-routes & Closures

 

Trail Closures

a) Plover Mills Area

Bill 100 has caused some land owners to close trails especially in the Plover Mills area. Hike leaders are advised to schedule no hikes in this area from Plover Mills to Hwy 7 until the issues have been resolved.

 

Trail Reroutes

 

From time to time, the TVTA trail has to be rerouted from the route shown in the guidebook due to a variety of reasons.

Last Updated October 2014

 

Trail Section 1

Trail off Westminster Drive shifted slightly due to erection of barbed wire fence around a new pasture

Delete from Guidebook (12.1km) ..."There is a TVTA sign here. Keep to the right side of the fence and go through a wooded area. Turn L (west) at the end of the field on your left and continue on the right side of the fence to Carriage Road."...

Add ..."There is a large green gate here. Keep to the left side of the barbed wire fence along the field . Turn L (west) at the end of the field and continue on the left (south) side of the field boundary until you reach Carriage Road."...

 

Trail Section 2

Construction and relocation of new Sharon Creek bridge created minor reroute

Delete from Guidebook (2.2 km) ..."Follow the blaze L up the hill a short distance, then R along the hillside, and R down to a wooden bridge across Sharon Creek. Approximately 30 meters past the bridge bear L up the hillside then L again up a steep hill."... 

Add ... "Turn R onto 36' wooden bridge across Sharon Creek and then turn immediately L and then R along creek . Turn R again away from creek and then bear L up a steep hillside . "...

 

Trail Section 3

Some landowners along Miller Road requested trail behind their residences be closed due to occurrences of illegal hunting activities

Delete from Guidebook (3.4 km, 4.3 km & 4.9 km ), ...“Follow the path by the river. Bypass a path on the right which goes up to the Delaware Dump. Enter the woodlot alongside the river. There was an old dump site here. Beware of broken glass and other obstacles. Continue on the trail for almost 300 meters. Turn L toward the river then R along the riverbank. Cross a wet area. Cross a stream using the wood step trough. Bypass the farm track off to the right. Continue toward the highway 402 bridge which crosses the river. Pass under the bridge. Take care walking here over the rough stone pathway. The path goes down a steep bank after leaving the bridge and crosses a small waterway. After walking up the opposite bank turn R (east) through the meadow for 50 meters and turn L. Cross a stream and turn L again toward the river. Turn R (north) and walk between tress and the river on the left and an abandoned meadow on the right for about 370 meters."

Add ... "Follow the path up the steps on the R up the hill and continue along the ridge overlooking the river. You will arrive at the berm which has been planted on the former Delaware Dump. Proceed to Miller Road. Continue NE along Miller Road for 0.7 Km until you pass over Hwy 402. Turn L and proceed along the farm fence line, parallel to Hwy. 402. At the corner of the field, enter the woods and carefully descend the steps on a very steep section. At the bottom of the hill, turn R onto an old farm path. In about 30 m, the trail will veer to your L and continue through a wooded section. Follow the blazes until you enter another old farm track. Bear R and continue up a steep hill until you enter the field at the top."

 

Trail Section 4

Portion of trail rerouted due to huge fallen trees and flooding

Delete from guidebook (3.0 km) ..."Go under a low tree with a blaze. The trail continues along the top of the bank for another 160 meters. Watch for groundhog holes. Turn L, go downhill towards the river, and then turn R. The trail begins a gradual climb to the right and then follows the top of the bank. The trail goes down the hill once more and then back up."

Add ..."The trail remains along the top of the bank for about 600 meters. The trail then veers slightly L downhill and then reverts uphill to the top of the bank."

 

Trail Section 6

New city pathway at north end of Westdel Borne eliminated need for trail to follow several roadways

Delete from Guidebook (2.5 km) existing trail guide description entirely

Add “Proceed straight (north) along pathway behind residences for about 200 meters. Continue along pathway as it curves R behind residences a further 70 meters. This location is a trail access point off Riverbend & Tigerlily Roads. Follow the pathway as it curves L (north) around the storm collector pond.”

Delete from Guidebook (3.2km) existing trail guide description entirely.

Add “Pass through the opening in the cedar fence and continue down the open corridor towards the river for approximately 170 m (before reaching the outlet of the drainage spillway). Turn right (east) and follow the trail into woodland.”

 

Trail Section 8

Reconfiguration of traffic routes in Springbank Park required trail rerouting 

Delete from Guidebook (0.8 km) “Turn R (south) off the multi use trail before reaching the parking lot. Follow the rough roadway up a slope through the trees. Continue across a grassy area between tall maple trees. There are picnic tables on the left. Turn L (east) onto the gravel pathway. Turn L again to pass on the left of the children’s playground and go down the wood stairway. (The stairway is closed during the winter when the trail continues along the park road then R to the bottom on the stairway.) At the bottom of the stairway turn R (east) onto the gravel footpath.”...

Add “Go straight ahead along the multi use trail past the parking lot. Bear R towards the bottom of the wood stairway. Continue east from the bottom on the stairway along the gravel pathway.”

 

Section 14 Hiking Directions - Plover Mills

 

0  km:    From the east end of the access road leading from Plover Mills Road on the west side of the bridge, carry on north underneath the bridge.   Follow Plover Mills Road (County Road 16) west. Road walking is now required due to a trail closure. Please respect the NO TRESPASSING sign.

 

0.4 km:   Turn right onto Valleyview Road. Follow the dirt road until you reach Ebenezer Drive. A sign for an auto wrecker business will be visible.

 

3.4 km:   Turn right onto Ebenezer Drive and walk parallel to power lines. You’ll be walking east towards the river.

 

4.5  km:  Pass Saunders Auto Parts on your right. Beware of the guard dog. Pass by a power transmission tower and continue on another 20 metres through shrubs and trees. Follow the mowed grassy path and go down towards the river.  

 

Trail Section 15

Portion of trail rerouted to avoid slippery river rocks.

Delete from Guidebook (2.0km) ..."Do not follow this track. Instead turn L to the river then R along a strip by the riverside over rocks and grass. Continue for 370 meters , being very careful walking over the slippery river rocks, which are often hidden by the grass. Enter a wooded area."...

Add ... "Follow this track up the hill and veer L near the top.  Follow the trail along the top of the ridge on the left side of a field bounded by an electric fence.  After about 300 meters veer L back down the hill into the wooded area and veer R at the bottom over a small stream."...

 

Trail Section 15

Portion of the trail rerouted so that you do not enter the property of the homeowners at the end of the trail leading up to the road. Carry on a bit further and then cut up to the road by following the west side of the fence that has been newly installed.

 

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2. Trail Map

 

TVTA hiking map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3. Trail User's Code

 

1. Only hike along marked routes and do not leave the trail.

2. Do not climb fences but use stiles provided.

3. Do not open gates unless the TVTA trail goes through the gate and then be sure to close them.

4. Carry out all garbage and litter, even other people's if possible.

5. Protect trees and shrubs. 

6. Leave flowers and plants for others to enjoy.

7. Keep dogs on leash, especially on or near farmland and naturally sensitive areas.

8. Walk around the edge of fields and not across them. Do not disturb farm animals.

9. Protect and do not disturb wildlife.

10. No camping or fires permitted except in designated areas. eg. Fanshawe and Wildwood Parks.

11. No motorized vehicles. NO BICYCLES ON PRIVATE LAND.

12. Leave only your thanks. Take only photographs.

 

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4. Trail Captains & Maintenance Workers 

 

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5. Trail Maintenance Inspection Report

 

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6. Trail History

 

1968 - An idea takes root

As early as 1968, the London Chamber of Commerce expressed concern over suggestions that the government should purchase river valley lands for public use. It was felt by many that the ideal situation would allow for public enjoyment of these lands without the landowners losing control of their property. With this as its premise, the Chamber Recreation Committee began studying various recreational possibilities in the Thames River Valley, including the feasibility of a hiking trail similar to the well-publicized Bruce Trail. After hiking the area and making preliminary contacts with some landowners, it was seen that the idea of a hiking trail held a great deal of merit.

 

1971 - The TVTA is formed

Three University of Western Ontario students who were keenly interested in this venture, together with the Chamber of Commerce, organized a meeting of about fifty like-minded persons at the London Public Library and the Thames Valley Trail Association was formed on October 19th, 1971. The first directors were Bill Ratcliffe and Jim Gilpin, two of the U.W.O students; Jay Sanderson and Wilf Lamb of the Chamber of Commerce; and Chris Horne.

 

1972 - Trail work starts

The University of Western Ontario approved a trail through its grounds on July 10th, 1972.

In December of the same year the section of the trail around Fanshawe Lake was completed.

 

1973 - Official opening

The London section of the trail was officially opened on June 16th, 1973.

 

1976 - Trail expansion & incorporation

Over the following years, trail construction, clearing and marking continued with the co-operation of many community-minded landowners - from large property holders such as the London Public Utilities Commission, to many farmers north of the city. The trail continued to develop and finally reached St. Marys, north of London in July of 1976. In this same year, the association became incorporated.

Several years later, Tom Petley developed and blazed a trail through Kains Woods west of London. After Roy Kerr had maintained this trail for many years, the Thames Valley Trail Association took over and named it the Roy Kerr section of the trail.

 

1992-1995 - Trail completion and links

In 1992, through the efforts of Gordon Jackson, the trail was extended south and west through Komoka Provincial Park. Finally, in 1995, a further extension southward through Delaware to Elgin County linked the Thames Valley Trail with the Elgin Trail, completing a network of trails from Port Stanley to the Bruce Trail. This final extension was brought about through the enthusiastic efforts of John Nolan who carried this idea to fruition, extending the trail from its original length of 60 kilometers to 109 kilometers.

 

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