World’s End – Hingham, Massachusetts
Georgia and Pippin never really know where we’re going when we get in the car but they’re always up for the ride and an adventure. They keep a keen eye on the road, Georgia whining and Pippin panting in anticipation of a day at my parent’s, a walk on Wollaston beach or a hike in the Blue Hills. But, as the familiar landscape becomes less familiar Georgia becomes less frantic and Pippin keeps his eyes on me more often, waiting for any sign that we’ve arrived at our destination.
It never ceases to amaze me how close we all live to the beauty of nature yet never realize it. Most cities are within a 15 to 20 minute drive of spectacular forests, marshlands and ocean seasides. Yesterday, the NETD took a short car ride into Hingham to check out World’s End, a peaceful sanctuary under the protection and care of the Trustee’s of Reservations.
World’s End is tucked away off of Rt 3A and is composed of four hills that extend into Hingham Harbor. We arrived at 9 a.m. and were greeted by a park ranger who gave us a map, suggested one of her favorite routes and then went over the rules (dogs must remain on leash, no exceptions). When we parked, I noted we had the pleasure of being one of only three cars. We tend to favor solitary explorations over heavily populated excursions. It allows us to slow down and with ever-increasing demands on our time, the slower things are, the better.
The main trail of World’s End forms a figure eight and allowed us views of Hingham Bay and the Boston skyline. Unfortunately, it was low tide, so not ideal swimming conditions but the warmth of the morning made up for it tenfold. Cornflower blue skies met rolling hills of newly sprouting green grass while Dandelion’s dotted the landscape making for a perfect Sunday. Butterflies danced from flower to flower, Canada geese foraged from the safety of the hills and birds sang from almost every treetop.
It was recently suggested by my vet, Dr. Clair from Kingston Animal Hospital, that Pippin would benefit from climbing gently sloping hills prior to setting out for Mt. Blue Hill’s 625 foot rocky elevation in order to build up his quads. Finding World’s End seemed almost like fate. The gps clocked the walk at 3.16 miles (slightly more than we’ve worked up to thus far). The trails are relatively easy and made up, mostly, of wide carriage roads. There are some sections that are rocky and more narrow offering a little bit of a climb though nothing that was overly difficult. World’s End is open Monday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. If you are a member of the Trustees (which I highly recommend) you get in free, otherwise, it’s $6.00 with the exception of Free Friday’s (arrive between 8 and 12 and get in free – stay all day). We spent close to two hours exploring and by the time we left, there wasn’t a free parking space available with a line of cars waiting to get in.