Here's a walk I like to do in the town of Ashland, VA. It's about 6.5 miles or 10.5 kilometers. It mostly uses minor roads, sidewalks and pathways/greenways.
|Map of Route|
The Railside Trail is a 1/3 mile paved path and open space that runs alongside the railroad. Walk the Railside trail until it ends, then continue straight onto Center Street, which also runs parallel to the railroad. After walking about a third of a mile on Center Street, look for a winding sidewalk path near RMC's Rhodeen House. Follow this winding sidewalk toward RMC's new tennis complex. The parking lot of the tennis complex exits onto Henry Clay Road, where you will make a right to continue your walk.
|Tennis Court Sidewalk|
|Stony Run Trail|
|Ashland Trolley Line Trail|
At this point you've walked about 5.5 miles and only have about one mile to go!!! Once you get back to the Ashcake Road, you have a couple options.
Option 1 (shown on map): Continue along Maple Street for the entire last mile until reaching the finish at the intersection of Route 54 and Maple Street (this will put you at the post office, across the street from where you started). If you walk this way there is one section between the cross streets of New Street and Mac Murdo Street that is pedestrian only - no cars could fit through here.
Option 2: A more scenic and slightly more lengthy detour is to backtrack a few more steps by taking a left at Ashcake, heading back toward Center Street. When you get to Center Street make a right before crossing the railroad. By going this way you get to walk past all the beautiful old homes that line Center Street and the historic Ashland town center. Stay on Center Street until you get to Route 54, just after Cross Bros. grocery store, and make a right. Walk along 54 a short distance until you get back to the start/finish.
I sometimes like to take a brief break at this point and then do the walk all over again in the opposite direction for a total of about 13 miles altogether!