Pockwalk is a bit of my specialty. Used to ride around the lake when I was younger all the time. For bikejoring I’d start off the 101 at Exit 3. On the inbound onramp there is a trail access point. People often walk dogs, xc ski, and so forth from here. The trail no longer goes around the lake due to a number of fences and gates installed after 9/11. I’ve climbed them, dug under them, and gone for a swim to get around one. The trail mostly has a good surface. Hard packed with grass in the middle. Sections are loose and sandy on the north side with some washouts on the steeper sections.
When I was a kid I’d go from Mt Uniacke to St Margarets Bay starting with Pockwalk roads, then traversing to Bowater Roads. This is super easy to do today (see google maps). The old route was not so easy to find. Today many of us ride from Halifax up the Kearney Lake Road (now Larry Uteck), Cross Hammond Plains Road at the lights, then enter the pipeline and follow it to the treatment plant where we walk(right, North East) along the edge of the gate to the old Pockwalk loop road. Then go around the lake, connect with old Bowater roads, follow those to the 103 in St Margarets Bay. Pass though someones business(private property, ignore no trespassing signs), and get on the BLT rail trail and go back into down.
I would not recommend the pipeline road(Hammond Plains Road to the treatment plant) for dogs as it’s made with a lot of shale. Maybe dog owners can comment?