In the Halton Hills on the outskirts of Georgetown, a section of the Credit Valley Footpath links an old paper mill to an old hydro station. This rugged two-km stretch follows the gorge created by the Credit River, sometimes high on ridges, sometimes low at water's edge. Steep ups and downs--with as much as 40-metre-high climbs--are often, thankfully, accommodated with log steps, and bridges span many--but not all--feeder streams and ravines that cut across the undulating embankment. From one ruin to the other, you're led through forest, under a railway trestle supported by massive stone towers, following curves of the river's flow. Lowlands can be mucky.
A sidetrail of the Bruce Trail, the footpath is marked with blue blazes, and note: two blazes, one above the other, indicates a turn in the direction of the higher blaze. In full, the footpath stretches from Terra Cotta Conservation Area southeast to the base of the 10th Line--to just past the hydro ruin. It used to extend to Norval, but access through the property of Upper Canada College was closed off a year-and-a-half ago. Directions: From Hwy. 401 take exit 333 and go north on Winston Churchill Blvd. Go 4 km past Hwy. 7 and turn left on Mayfield Rd. (Reg. Rd. 23). Go 1.5 km, turn left at the stop sign, and follow River Rd. to the bridge over the Credit. Park on the quiet roads near the mill, read about the ruins on an historic plaque, and access the trail on the northeast side of the bridge.
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