Hike Barbados: Independence Square (Great Train Hike)

February 17, 2019

6:00 am

Independence Square, Bridgetown, St. Michael

FREE

Event Description

Hike Barbados takes you through cane fields, gullies, tropical forests and coastal communities to explore the unique geological and social structure of Barbados.

Along the way you will meet new friends, enjoy healthy exercise and observe the delicate balance of the unique heritage and environment of Barbados.

The Colin Hudson Memorial Great Train Hike follows the tracks of the old train line from its start at Fairchild Street in Bridgetown to its end in Belleplaine, St. Andrew. 

This is a 25+ mile hike. It will take MANY hours (long past mid-day). Not for the faint-hearted!
Many hikers do only one or several of the station.

 

The Hike will pass the following stations:
Bulkeley, St. George
Carrington, St. Philip
Three Houses, St. Philip
Consett Cutting ,St. John
Bath, St. John
Bathsheba, St. Joseph
Barclays Park, St. Joseph
Belleplaine, St. Andrew

Persons can join or leave at any station, however all are welcome to join up at Belleplaine.

 

There will be water stops along the way.

Since the route is NOT a loop, you must make arrangements to be picked up at the point where you choose to stop. Public transport is also readily available back to Bridgetown or Speightstown.

To get to the starting point of the hike:
Car park on south side of Careenage.

Barbados National Trust Hikes

The hikes are FREE but donations are welcome towards the work of the Barbados National Trust (preserving our built and natural environment).

Times
All morning hikes start at 6:00 a.m.
Afternoon hikes (Stop ‘n’ Stare only) start at 3:30 p.m.
The Moonlight Walks start at 5:30 p.m., you are advised to bring a torch to these walks.

There is a morning hike and, in addition, either an afternoon hike or a moonlight walk on every hike date EXCEPT the date of the Great Train Hike.

Place
All hikes start and finish at the meeting place.
There is a printed booklet with a calendar of the year’s hikes available from the National Trust at Wildey House, Wildey, St. Michael

Dress
Loose clothing, comfortable hiking boots/sports shoes, sunscreen, hat. Bring your camera and a bottle of water. Refreshments are on sale after the Hikes.

Walk Descriptions
In the morning, there are four hikes of different pace.
All hikes last approximately 3 hours., but…..
The Stop ‘n’ Stare group walks for 5-6 miles,
The Medium group 8-10 miles,
The Fast Medium group 10 to 12 miles, and
The Fast group 12-14 miles.

Advice for first time walkers
The sun is hot!  You will get tired more quickly than you think.
The best thing to do is to go on the Stop ‘n Stare on your first hike.
If you’re comfortable with that, work your way up.

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