While we had driven by Rumney Marsh many times on Route 1, we had never examined it closely. At one time Route 95 was slated to run right through it, but this highway construction program was halted by Francis Sargent in 1972 in favor of mass transit solutions.
|Map of Rumney Marsh Reservation on the Saugus/Revere line.
We were particularly intrigued by the path that follows the old roadbed behind the Northgate Mall. While desolate and a bit creepy due to its solitude, it made for a wonderful walk and trail to explore.
|Map of Trail through Rumney Marsh behind Northgate Mall
The entrance to the trail was at this non-assuming spot behind the Fourpoints Hotel by Sheraton.
|View of Rumney Marsh looking North-East by East
|View of Rumney Marsh looking East
|This point would have once been the location of a highway overpass if the road program was not halted.
|A swirling mass of birds in Rumney Marsh rises above some wetlands at low tide.
|Rumney Marsh at the edge of Route 1 at low tide. We saw no oysters or shells, although there were many small mussels on the rocks by the overpass.
|Two abandoned bridges where the extension of 95 would have connected with Route 1.
|A collection of cans and plastic debris we collected in our travels. Whenever we explore, we have learned that there is ample debris to fill several bags. Every little bit helps.