Barbados Walking Holiday
Grenada Walking Holiday – join us
Grenada Walking Holiday – join us
Day 1 – Depart London Gatwick for Barbados. On arrival in Barbados, you are met by the Essence of the Caribbean rep and transfered to your host hotel. Enjoy an evening at leisure exploring the hotel and taking in the first tastes of the island.
Day 2 – Your exploration of the island begins with a tour of historic Speightstown (Little Bristol) including part of the Arbib Trail, a settlement which has remained virtually unchanged over the last 100 years.
Walking through the town you will see where Cromwell’s Admiral landed to subdue the country, the house that was the prototype of early dwellings in South Carolina and a fort that was part of the massive system to protect Barbados. You will then be shuttled to Heron Bay to enjoy a walk along its west coast to Folkestone Marine Park, and continuing to Holetown, where the first European settlers landed in the early 1600s.
(Approx 4.18km – Duration 3 hrs; Easy walking)
Farley Hill National Park
Day 3 – Your day’s walk starts from the Farley Hill National Park, the location of the historic Farley Hill Great House ruins. By way of cart roads, you will pass the Wild Life Reserve, through a nearby farm, onto the village of Moore Hill and through the grounds of an outstanding heritage site, St. Nicholas Abbey, a 355 year old Jacobean styled plantation great house.
Your trail continues on up to the very scenic lookout point of Cherry Tree Hill, passing on descent, another heritage site, the Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill. You join the bus here, for a transfer to Barclay’s Park for a picnic lunch on the beach.
(Approx 4.02km – Duration 3 hrs; Easy walking)
Day 4 – Today you explore pre-European Barbados with an early, easy walk from Gemswick (formerly called Pennyhole) and the Salt Cave Cove passing the old gun (HARP project) behind the Barbados Defence Force .
You walk along the magnificent white sands of Long Beach to Chancery Lane swamp, one of the best archaeological sites of the island. This site is also an important resting area for migratory birds on the most easterly route from North America to South America. After a delicious local lunch, we continue our walk to Silver Sands Beach.
(Approx 6.44km – Duration 4 hrs; Easy walking)
Sunbury Great House
Day 5 – Today you start your walking from Long Bay to Bottom Bay, followed by a short drive to Culpepper Island. Culpepper is a rock formation in the sea located just about 250 feet off Barbados.
We continue our walk to Skeete’s Bay, a picturesque bay situated in a quaint fishing village. After a 10 minute drive we’ll arrive at the historical Sunbury Plantation where we enjoy a buffet lunch followed by a tour of the great house.
(Approx 5.63km – Duration 3 hrs; Medium walking)
Day 6 – You visit the capital city of Barbados, Bridgetown, where you will be walking and learning of the exciting history. Sites of interest include the Nidhei Israel Synagogue, originally built in 1654, and the Parliament Buildings.
Then you will enjoy a picnic lunch on Browne’s Beach. There’s time to swim after lunch, before we go on to explore the Garrison site, where the fort dates back to 1702, and is home to a Cromwellian cannon.
(Approx 4.82km – Duration 4 hrs; Easy walking)
Andromeda Tropical Gardens and Old train route trail
Day 7 – You will visit the Andromeda Tropical Gardens in St Joseph and see some amazing plants and flowers and learn more about some of the links between Barbados and the United Kingdom.
Barbados is reputed to be the birthplace of the grapefruit, a successful marriage between the shaddock and the sweet orange. Lunch will be enjoyed by the sea on the scenic East coast, after this you will walk to St. Andrews station in Belleplaine, which is part of the route of the old railway.
(Approx 6.44km – Duration 3.5hrs; Easy walking)
Flower Forrest, Harrison’s Cave
Day 8 – This morning, you will be driven to the Harrison’s Cave where a solar-charged train takes us through the Cave, one of the largest caves in the Caribbean and a popular attraction on the island.
After the tour, you will then take a second walk, through Welchman Hall Gully, an area developed as a national park and a home to a host of exotic plants and fruits. You board the bus for a short drive to the Flower Forest for our walk through this magnificent garden, approximately 12 acres of tropical flowers, plants and trees sourced from all over the world.
After the tour, you enjoy a light lunch at the café before returning to the hotel. (Approx. 3.22km – Duration 3 hrs; Easy walking)
Flight from Barbados to London
Day 9 – Your transfers are in the afternoon for the return flight to London Gatwick from Barbados
NB: All walks are approximately 4 hours duration. Clothing + Shoes for walks: Lightweight clothing (long sleeves to protect from the sun), Caps / Walking Sandals / Trainers.
Additional Barbados experiences can be included in your itinerary, for example, home dining with a Bajan family, Caribbean rum tasting with food pairing , Bajan cooking demonstration.
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