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“Spectacular views, a guide not necessary if you want to explore on your own”
Review of Nelson's Lookout

Ranked #18 of 53 things to do in Nevis
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Owner description: A pretty stone fortress affording lovely views of the surrounding islands. A bit difficult to find.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Spectacular views, a guide not necessary if you want to explore on your own”
Reviewed November 17, 2011

The caption indicates that a guide is necessary, but not so - if you are adventurous you can find your way up the wall yourself.

We climbed saddle hill - parked our vehicle at the base, hiked from there. Can't get lost, an easy walk up a dirt road all the way to the summit. Bring water and appropriate hiking shoes/attire, it's hot.

Once you reach the ramparts of Lord Nelson, follow the wall until it tapers to the end. If you don't mind negotiating through the scrub, you will notice there is a trail that leads behind and to the top of these walls. You can do your own exploration from there. The views are fantastic and if you look closely you will find your own "lookout" windows. We found a firepit amongst the scrub with some skeletal remains of possibly a mountain goat, and followed the trails along the wall, and then doubled back to the main road.

Before you reach Nelson's lookout, if you pay attention you will find Phillipa Prentiss's gravemarker. This was her favorite lookout on the island (and what a view it is), and as such requested to be buried here. If you aren't paying attention, it can easily be missed. Nelson's lookout is just beyond that.

You'll see the occasional wild donkey, and you will soon realize that the forest around you is "coming alive." You slow your pace, trying to figure out what it is, only to realize it's the sound of the crabs scurrying for cover once they detect your approach.

You'll see succulents - is it the Agave plant? - almost as large as you are. WOW. Watch out for all the thorny bushes though. Long two inch thorns.

From there we continued up to the summit where we were rewarded with a welcoming breeze, a 360 degree panoramic views, surrounding ocean and fantastic views of the towns below. I believe, if I remember correctly, Saddle hill is almost half the elevation of Mount Nevis - sounds intimidating but don't let that deter you. It's actually a pretty easy hike with rewarding panoramic views.

I'd recommend researching the history of Lord Nelson's ramparts and Philippa Prentiss before doing so as it makes it all the more interesting.

Visited May 2011
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