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Walking in Bermuda

I love walking but in my past trips to Bermuda, I have noticed that you can't really walk in many places (no sidewalks, busy traffic). Other than the railway trail, have you discovered any nice places for long walks?

THanks

USA
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1. Re: Walking in Bermuda

It would've been useful had you mentioned the not-so-minor-details of the WHERE (??) you're staying in Bermuda as well as the WHEN (??) of your proposed visit, to assist in helping you find walking routes. But, you're right....outside of the City of Hamilton and the town of Saint George's, there aren't a lot of sidewalks along the sides of the often narrow and winding roads in Bermuda....though in some areas, even though there are no paved sidewalks, there are wide unpaved verges along the sides of roads. The trouble with this is that these verges aren't consistent along any route and a wide verge may narrow to nothing at a sharp bend with traffic one one side and something like a solid stone wall on the other at various points.

One of the very best and most '..picturesque..' (not just an idle expression) in all of Bermuda is along the genuinely magnificent SOUTH SHORE PARK--approx. 1 1/2 miles between HORSESHOE BAY and WARWICK LONG BAY--down along beaches and foreshore (some sort of 'surf shoe' would be a real good idea) and along paths through the dunes behind and clifftops above. '..take-your-brreath-away..' ocean and south shore views all along the way. Just when you've said, "..That's the most beautiful sight I've ever seen !!..', you'll walk along for a minute and find yourself saying, "..No....this is the most beautiful sight I've ever seen !!!..'....too often to count.

If you like to walk, you can do self-guioded or assisted Walking Tours of downtown Hamilton, to include a few of the lovely city parks--Par-la-Ville, Victoria--and greenspaces, City Hall and the National Art Museum, Bermuda Cathedral, Bermuda Parliment building, etc. historic Fort Hamilton on the eastern heights overlooking Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute(BUEI)...as well as Fornt Street and the Hamilton Harbour waterfront.

CITY of HAMILTON--

http://www.cityhall.bm/

BERMUDA RENDEVOUS SEASON INFO--

gotobermuda.com/uploadedFiles/GetHere/MapsAn…

HAMILTON WALKING TOUR--

bermuda-attractions.com/bermuda2_00001f.htm

BERMUDA COMMUNITY & CULTURAL AFFAIRS INFO--

http://www.communityandculture.bm/

BERMUDA BOTANIC GARDENS INFO--

bermudayp.com/local/47:29793/bermuda_botanic…

You can also do self-guided and escorted Walking Tours of the historic, 'olde towne' of Saint Georges...though much of this would be along narrow streets and roadways without sidewalks. The difference here is that there probably isn't going to be a lot of vehicular traffic in most areas.

TOWN of SAINT GEORGES INFO--

http://www.stgeorgestown.bm/

SAINT GEORGE'S WALKING TOUR--

bermuda-attractions.com/bermuda2_000028.htm

SAINT GEORGE'S FOUNDATION--

http://www.bermudaworldheritage.org/

Insofar as the BERMUDA RAILWAY TRAIL is concerned, most of its various sections are easily accessible via public bus routes at various points. So you can take the bus and '..hop-off..' at an access point, walk along the BRT for a couple/few miles, then '..hop-on..' to the public bus route again when you've had enough walking.

BERMUDA RAILWAY TRAIL INFO--

http://www.bermudarailway.net/

WALKING CLUB of BERMUDA INFO & ROUTES--

http://www.walk.free.bm/

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for Cape Cod
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2. Re: Walking in Bermuda

As you have been to Bermuda before you are probably aware how hilly it is in some areas. Bear that in mind when you are looking in to some of the walks mentioned. Many of them will involve some hill climbing.

Bermuda
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3. Re: Walking in Bermuda

You could also try Spittal Pond on South Road in Smiths. You could take a picnic and make an afternoon of it. It's a nature trail which takes you around the pond and by the sea - a very nice way to spend a couple of hours.

USA
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4. Re: Walking in Bermuda

Escorted Walking Tour of Hamilton with the Towne Crier...approx. 2 hours...Mondays & Wednesdays...Meet at City Hall steps...10:30 AM & 2:30 PM....$5 per person (cash)

cityhall.bm/sites/…hamilton-walk-tour.pdf

Syracuse, New York
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reviews: 1
5. Re: Walking in Bermuda

It is next to impossible to navigate this island on foot, what a shame. They should at least slow the traffic down to 30. The high speed chase of taxis , busses and scooters on walled roads with no sidewalks destroys the ambiance of the island. Awful!

Succasunna, NJ
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reviews: 83
6. Re: Walking in Bermuda

Hi KD..........when walking along the South Shore Park trail, would you suggest walking along the upper trail or along the beach. I've read the views from higher up are beautiful but the coves along the beach are equally impressive. Maybe do one each way?

USA
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7. Re: Walking in Bermuda

In practical terms, you can only make your way east (to your left as you face the ocean) on foot down along the foreshore, between Horseshoe Bay and Warwick Long Bay, as far as the rocky Elephant Head promontory between Chaplin Bay and Stonehole Bay and even then, the hike is best/most easily done at or near to Low Tide...but anyone in 'average' physical condition (which usually translates to '..Whew...I guess I'd better start exercising more when I get home..") can do this stretch. Along the route there are 'breaks' in the dunes or twisting paths up through the rock at the backs of some of the coves and beaches.

If you begin at Horseshoe Bay, you can 'beachcomb' part of the way down along the foreshore (wearing some sort of 'water shoe' for climbing over or wading out around jagged rocks is a really good idea)...then pass through to the foot paths through the dunes behind or climb up to the clifftop foot paths above.

Beginning at Warwick Long Bay, you'll have to walk along the foot paths behind, then along the clifftop paths above, before coming back down to beachcomb along the foreshore.

For this outing, carry a backpack (to keep hands free) with a light picnic/beverages/snacks. and either wear or carry your bathing suit (you can find nooks 'n crannies to change). You'll find any number of idyllic spots along the way, with '..take-your-breath-away' views, to stop, picnic, swim or just laze on the pink sand in the sun...wondering if your hotel will allow you to keep your room for several more days and your airline will allow you to delay your outbound flight reservations ??

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