The Barbados Hiking Association has published the hike schedule for 2017.
As usual the first hike of the year is at Cove Bay. The morning hikes start at 6am. The regular evening hikes start at 3.30pm or 5.30pm for the moonlight hikes. All hikes last for 3 hours.
The morning hikes are divided into 4 groups so that everyone can find a level that suits their requirements.
The “Stop & Stare” will cover about 10 Km, depending on the terrain. This is geared to those who want a slower pace, have time to take pictures and chat with fellow hikers. It is led by someone who is knowledgeable in the history of the island who will try to answer any questions you may have.
There are 2 medium hikes. The first one is for those who wish to walk at a faster pace than the Stop & Stare. This group will cover about 10Km to 15Km. They walk quickly and do not stop often.
The “Fast Medium” is more of a exercise hike and is geared to those who are accustomed to exercising for 3 or more hours in tropical conditions. They cover 15 to 20 Km, and will only stop a few times and then for a short while.
“The Gin & Bear” will do 20Km or more. It is for those who are able to run up and down hills, and know the terrain as you will be on your own at times.
The last 2 groups are not suitable for the occasional walker or those who are not accustomed to the heat.
In the evening there is just one hike which is a bit faster than the Stop & Stare. You should bring a torch and be prepared to move through gullies in the dark.
Whichever group you choose you should start with a minimum of 1 litre of water. Most of the trails are off the beaten track and you may not be able to get rehydrated. Bring a snack as well.
In addition to the BHA Sunday hikes other groups arrange hikes on Tuesday evenings, Wednesday mornings, Thursday evenings and Saturday Mornings. The location of these is decided a week in advance. If you wish to get information on their location contact me.
For further information see Barbados Hiking Association.
We welcome visitors to the island to all of the hikes. Hiking in Barbados is FREE! We look forward to showing you places few locals or visitors get a chance to see.
Hope to meet you on the trail!
Below is the Barbados Hiking Association Hike Schedule 2017 (with Moonlight & Special Hikes). Click here to download a copy of the Barbados Hiking Association Hike Schedule 2017 schedule.
January 1 Cove Bay St Lucy
January 8 Silver Sands Ch Ch (moonlight )
Wed Jan 11 Carrington Factory (special moonlight hike)
January 15 Kendal St John
Sat Jan 21 5k Safari Bath Beach
January 22 Gun Hill St George
January 29 Barclays Park St Andrew
February 5 Brandons St Michael
February 12 Drax Hall St George (moonlight )
February 19 Independence Square (Colin Hudson Great Train Line Hike)
February 28 Barbados National Trust Hqtrs Wildey St Michael
March 5 Codrington College St John
March 12 Haymans St Peter (moonlight )
March 19 Oldbury Woods St Philip
March 26 Haggatts St Andrew
April 2 Arawak Cement Plant St Lucy
April 9 Bathsheba St Joseh (moonlight )
Tues Apr 11 Gun Hill Signal Station (special moonlight hike)
April 16 Turners Hall St Andrew
April 23 Oistins Ch Ch
April 30 St. Thomas Post Office St Thomas
May 1 Hill Challenge Ermy Bourne Highway
May 7 Orange Hill St James (moonlight )
Wed May 10 Applewhaites Plantation (special moonlight hike)
May 14 Bath Beach St John
May 21 Spring Hall St Lucy
May 28 Holetown St James
June 4 Heywoods Beach St Peter (moonlight)
Thur Jun 08 Grantley Adams School (special moonlight hike)
June11 Grantley Adams School St Jos
June 18 Hackleton Cliff St John
June 25 Brighton Farms St George
July 2 National Stadium St Michael
July 9 Skeetes Bay St Philip (moonlight)
July 16 Buckleley St George
July 23 Conrad Hunte Cricket Field St Andrew
July 30 Turners Hall St Andrew
August 6 Searles Old Pltn Yard Christ Church (moonlight)
August 13 Archers Bay St Lucy
August 20 Rock Hall St Peter
August 27 District ” C” St Philip
September 3 Applewaithes St Thomas (moonlight )
Wed Sep 6 Hackleton Cliff (special moonlight hike)
September 10 Bayley School St Philip
September 17 Codrington College St John
September 24 Gun Hill St George
October 1 Lester Vaughn St Thomas
Wed Oct 4 St. John Parish Church (special moonlight hike)
October 8 Foul Bay St Philip (moonlight)
October 15 Portvale St James
October 22 Welchtown Pltn St Peter
October 29 Lodge School St John
November 5 Pool Pltn St John (moonlight )
November 12 Indian Ground Playing Field St Peter
November 19 Roberts Manufacturing Carpark St Michael
November 26 Barclays Park St Joseph
Thur Nov 30 5k Safari Bath Beach
December 3 Haggatts Old Factory Yard St Andrew (moonlight)
December 10 Hackleton Cljff Top St John
December 17 Graeme Hall Ch Ch
December 24 Clock Tower Garrison St Michael
December 31 Grantley Adams School (moonlight)