Antigua and Barbuda: Hiking - Walking
Life is a beach
Antigua is mostly undeveloped with hills, tropical rain forests, high country and miles of coast line to explore. It is best to travel as a couple or with a group or you can join the bi-monthly Saturday afternoon Hash House Harriers for their run / walk through the most remote parts of Antigua. There are three established well marked walking trails which are fairly easy to walk. Trainers, tee shirt, shorts and a hat are appropriate and do take sun protection and water with you. The first trail is called Middle Ground and is the best trail through the English Harbour National Park. It starts at Pigeon Beach and ends at Fort Berkeley, just over a mile long rising to 600 feet and involves a bit of rock scrambling. A 2 hour walk where you will see the remains of the military occupation, great views to the neighbouring islands Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Nevis and St. Kitts and Antigua’s sister island Redonda. You can either return the same way or exit via the Dockyard. The next trail is called Seaside, a shorter walk along the western coast of Half Moon Bay where you will have a great view of the reefs below. At the top you will find a stone arch formed by wind and rain. The trail has become overgrown at this point so you will have to retrace your steps. The third trail is called The Rain Forest, a three and a half hour round trip walk from Wallings to Rendezvous Bay. It starts at the Wallings Reservoir constructed by the British in the 1800’s, after an ascent you will come to Signal Hill which has wonderful views over Antigua, further on you come to the 2000 year old settlement of the Amer Indians, evidence of their existence can still be seen. Finally you arrive at the most romantic beach in Antigua, Rendezvous Bay. Have a welcome swim before heading back. These are just a sample of the walking routes, there are many more so enjoy finding them.