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Winter Walks: Looping Squam Road – The Quidnet Version

Winter Walks: Looping Squam Road – The Quidnet Version


By now, you know that my dog and I like to explore the less populated parts of the island year-round whenever possible.

Late winter out in the Quidnet-Squam area provides ideal walking conditions for such adventures and is therefore a place we get out to frequently right up until the middle of April.

In a previous walk this winter I posted the Squam Pond walk from “Walking Nantucket”, the directions from which you hopefully used to find the route down to the public way leading down to the beach in front of Squam Pond. Today’s walk avails itself of the southern of the two public ways off of Squam Road and some beach walking.

Quidnet village on the north side of Sesachacha Pond overlooks the pond and the ocean and makes for an advantageous walk staging area with a Land Bank parking lot right in front of the Pond on Sesachacha Road. This is where we usually begin our explorations. To get there, take Quidnet Road off of Polpis Road, following it to a four-way intersection at which you’ll take right onto Sesachacha Road and immediately see the pond in front of you. Follow the road down toward the pond, around a sharp bend to the left and then find the Land Bank parking area with a split-rail fence on three sides of it on your left.

Gunk-holing was a term my father used to describe the kind of exploratory trips around the islands of Penobscot Bay we took in my grandparents’ Boston Whaler when my siblings and I were kids. We were sightseeing on the water while looking for an island to have lunch on and swim from. It’s a thing Kismet and I do in the offseason on our walks together. On Nantucket, this activity is known as a Rhantum Scoot, essentially a walk with not particular destination.

Toward that end, we discovered this route, so instead of walking directly out onto the beach at the sand end of Sesachacha Road, after passing the pond on your right, just before the sand starts in front of you, go left onto the dirt portion of Quidnet Road.

Walk this road as it bends to the left and then shortly to the right. At the top of a rise right after tall privet hedge on the left, go left and then take the next right between properties ringed by split-rail fence.

We’re all about discovery, Kismet and I, since I’ve been here for approaching 24 years and seen much of the island, we’re always checking out new trails and roads. I found this route by accident when the town re-opened the island’s public ways several years ago and marked them with granite posts. The southerly public way off Squam Road is split by the road you’re now on.

Walk down it past houses on both sides and find the public way on either side of this road that ends as a driveway to a house just in front of you. Go right on the path to reach the ocean. You’ll return use the other portion of the path running down from Squam Road marked with a granite post on your way back.

Down on the beach, keep the ocean on your right. You’ll walk for about a half-mile and as you go along, be on the lookout for a cut in the dunes leading inland. You’ll know you’re on the correct trail when you can see the pond off to the left with a small house right on the pond, you find a decrepit split-rail fence on the left and, of course, a granite post at the road end of the trail with the words “public way” on it.

At Squam Road, go left. When you reach a green New York Times newspaper box with #6 on it on the left side of the road, you’ll find the south public way post. When you reach the road you started on, go right and walk up past the houses on either side of the road. At the t-intersection, go left on Quidnet Road to walk back the way you came up from Sesachacha Road or go right and then left at the four-way intersection to walk down Sesachacha Road toward the pond and the parking area.




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