How do you turn a nice bit of exercise into a great summer adventure? Find some quaint shops, interesting restaurants and a shoreline path to walk with fantastic ocean views! About one hour from Lowell is this recent walk I enjoyed in Ogunquit, Maine, on a warm June day. I have to admit that this is not the first time I have walked the Marginal Way. I've been lucky enough to spend summer vacation time in the York and Ogunquit area all my life. My grandparent's cottage was in York Beach and we would drive the Shore Road to Perkins Cove several times every summer to sit on the deck at Barnacle Bill's, eat seafood and drink lemonade. Many times, I watched Barnacle Bill rush out to open the drawbridge allowing a tall masted boat to enter or leave the cove.
We parked at a private lot along the Beach Street for $10 and began our walk near the Ogunquit Beach end. There is a nice wood plank section of the path here but soon you will have to follow the trail as it winds up to Shore Road for a short distance and then cuts back between hotels to the ocean. Be on the lookout for Marginal Way signs. The ocean-side walk continues, about a mile and a half, to Perkins Cove. Of course you can return to the starting point by walking back along the Marginal Way to enjoy the rugged coast of Maine experience in the reverse direction, but Craig and I decided to head up Perkins Cove Harbor Lane back to Shore Road and made a loop to the beginning so we could visit some of the shops along the way. Our route was 3.1 miles with a good diversity of things to see and do along the entire route. If you want a longer route, continue to the beach at Ogunquit, you will feel between your toes, some of the softest beach sand anywhere, while you walk north to Wells, Moody and beyond.
- Distance: 3.1 miles
- Weather: sunny, few clouds
- Cost: $10 to park in a private lot near Ogunquit Beach
- No Pets
- What I liked about this walk: Spectacular views of Maine coast; shopping; dining
- What I didn't like about this walk: Crowded in places