Hiking in Barbados
Hilly but not mountainous, the northern interior and the east coast are ideal for hiking.
Arbib Heritage and Nature Trail. The Arbib Heritage and Nature Trail, maintained by the Barbados National Trust, is actually two trails—one offers a rigorous hike (3.5 hrs.) through gullies and plantations to old ruins and remote north-country areas; the other is a shorter, easier "Round-de-Town Stroll" (2 hrs.) through Speightstown's side streets and past an ancient church and chattel houses. Guided hikes take place from 9 am to 2 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays and cost $25 per person; group rates are available. Book ahead, preferably four days in advance. Not recommended for children under 5. Speightstown, St. Peter. 246/234–9010. www.barbadosnationaltrust.org.
Hike Barbados. A program of free walks sponsored by the Barbados National Trust, Hike Barbados treks take place year-round on Sundays from 6 am to about 9 am and from 3:30 pm to 6 pm; once a month, a moonlight hike substitutes for the afternoon hike and begins at 5:30 pm (bring a flashlight). Experienced guides group you with others of similar levels of ability. Stop and Stare hikes go 5 to 6 mi (8 to 10 km); Here and There, 8 to 10 mi (13 to 16 km); and Grin and Bear, 12 to 14 mi (19 to 23 km). Wear loose clothes, sensible shoes, sunscreen, and a hat, and bring your camera and a bottle of water. Routes and locations change, but each hike is a loop, finishing in the same spot where it began. Check local newspapers, call the Trust, or check online for the full hike schedule or the scheduled meeting place on a particular Sunday. Wildey House, Wildey, St. Michael. 246/436–9033 or 246/426–2421. www.barbadosnationaltrust.org.
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