HIKING VACATION PACKAGE TRAILS
HIKE # 1 – BARCLAYS PARK >< CHALKY MOUNT
Hike time: 2.5 hours Distance: 5.5km
Terrain: starting on sandy beach at Barclays Park, and then climbing to 167m, through grassy and rugged footpaths, in approximately 45minutes.
Eventually giving way to paved roads of the Chalky Mount Village and Cambridge Village, descending to Barclays Park via footpaths.
This trail offers outstanding vistas of the 15% of Barbados known as the Scotland District, with its rugged landscape of hills and valleys interrupted by small villages here and there. We visit a Chalky Mount Village resident, John Springer, an accomplished potter who is a descendant of potters going back 200 years.
See John perform “magic” before your eyes, as he creates another masterpiece from seemingly “out of nothing” and there is more. . .
Learn about Manjak, its various uses as we visit what is left of this mine.
And then there is this animal that looks like a deer, or a goat, but what really is it? Well, let’s say for now that it’s indigenous to Barbados, so come and find out more.
Lunch at the Sand Dunes Restaurant, 5 minutes drive from Barclays Park, will feature local dishes.
After lunch return to your Hotel, to enjoy an afternoon at the beautiful Dover Beach.
HIKE #2 – FARLEY HILL NATIONAL PARK > MORGAN LEWIS
Hike time: 2.5 hours Distance : 5.75km
Terrain: mainly flat with few inclines, and long gradual scenic declines. Cart roads, footpaths and paved country roads
We start out from the Farley Hill National Park, the location of the historic Farley Hill Great House ruins. By way of cart roads we make our way pass the Wild Life Reserve, through a nearby farm and onto the village of Moore Hill. We the proceed through the grounds of an outstanding heritage site, St. Nicholas Abbey, a 355 year old Jacobean styled plantation great house. Our trail continues on up to the village of Stepney, from where we descend to the very scenic lookout point of Cherry Tree Hill. Descending Cherry Tree Hill we pass by another heritage site, the Morgan Lewis Mill, finally stopping at Richard “Lowdown” Hoad, a local goat farmer, and popular columnist. Our transport shuttles us from “Lowdown’s” farm to our picnic lunch venue, Farley Hill National Park. After lunch we return to the hotel.
HIKE # 3 – ST JOSEPH PARISH CHURCH > GLENBURNIE
Hike time: 3 hours Distance: 6km
Terrain: trail starts at an elevation of 255m and descends to sea level via wooded paths, grassy footpaths, giving way at times to paved roads in villages. Descent is gradual and winding.
Our hike begins in the Horse Hill village at the Anglican Parish church, passing through a section of the village, and into the wooded trails of Hackleton’s Cliff. Proceeding into St Elizabeth Village, then down to the Bathsheba Community, along the coast to Tent Bay fishing community and finally to the village of Glenburnie. Your guide will share on former villagers like the Goddards, who had “nothing”, and today? … well let’s wait until you are on the trail to hear the full story.
We highlight certain flora and fauna along the way.
Our bus transports us to the beach side community of Bathsheba for lunch at the seaside Bonito Bar & Restaurant, after which we return to the hotel, arriving at approximately 2pm
HIKE # 4 - ANDREWS SUGAR FACTORY > WILSON HILL VILLAGE
Hike time: 2 hours Distance : 5km
Terrain: generally flat with a few inclinations. Paved roads, wooded gully trail with cave formations, grassy footpaths, and cart roads.
We start off from one of Barbados’ two remaining sugar factories, along cart and paved country roads to Redland Farm community, then descend into an outstanding gully (ravine) then up into Claybury Village, and across to Wilson Hill Village.
Meet Linda Herbert owner/manager of Redland Farm and hear her story, of the nine year transformation of a “dead farm” to what it is today. The farm has a history going way back to the colonial days, and there is even a modern day German connection.
The Wilson Hill community has been recognized by the Barbados Government on several occasions for its remarkable efforts in fostering and encouraging community life. See what this very small village has achieved.
Lunch is picnic style, at a local nearby park, just 5 minutes drive from our hike’s end point.
Local dishes and beverages, will be offered from the buffet table. We travel along country roads on our return to the hotel, arriving at approximately 2 pm.