Winchester Park is a small community sandwiched in a fold of the Pennypack Park. The community is made up of moderate-sized single-family homes, most of which were built in the 1940s and 1950s. The entire community is well-kept with streets that are tree-lined but have no sidewalks. There are plenty of restaurants in the area, but none within the neighborhood and, while there are dog-friendly parks further out, the entire community is backed up against Pennypack Creek and Park.
Winchester Park, like most of Philly, enjoys four distinctly different seasons. Spring and fall are lovely times for the two of you to explore your neighborhood and the park. Summers can be a bit on the hot side with temperatures in the upper 80s and plenty of humidity. Winters are very cold with weeks of sub-freezing temperatures, heavy snows, and lots of icy roads for the two of you to navigate on your daily walks together.
Within Winchester Park itself, the ground is pretty flat and unexciting. The roads are lined with sidewalks in most areas, but in those that aren't, be sure that you wear reflective or light-colored clothing. This will make it much easier for you and your dog to be seen by those who live here as they drive to work and home again.
Keep in mind that just because you live in a paved neighborhood doesn’t mean you and your pooch can’t have a little fun with your walks when you don't have time to take to the trails in Pennypack Park. Challenge each other to see how many blocks you can cover each day to keep things fresh and interesting. You can vary the blocks you go around, take long walks and short walks, or simply go around the block if you are in a hurry or the weather is too nasty to go walking in.
Beyond backyards, there really isn't much in the way of greenways within the boundaries of Winchester Park. But then, who needs built-in greenways when you have the entire nine miles of Pennypack Park to enjoy? The park runs from the Delaware River all the way to Pine Rd. in Montgomery County. There are over 1,600 acres of fields, meadows, wetlands, and woodlands for you and your pup to wander. The terrain here consists of rolling hills with miles of paved and unpaved trails for the two of you to explore.
At one point in time, the Pennypack Creek powered a grist mill along with several others over the course of time. Today, you can still see the Klein and Verree houses, all that remains of this once industrial area that produced textiles, edge tools, lumber, and flour. Today, this is an amazing walk and one that you certainly can't complete in a single day!