Author: William Burton

  • The Barbados Trailways Project Part 2 – the beginning of the refurbishment

    The Barbados Trailways Project Part 2 – the beginning of the refurbishment

    The Barbados Trailway will convert a portion of the disused trainline (which operated from 1881 to 1937) into a 16km paved multi-use trail from Valley Plantation to Consett Bay. It is a fiscally and socially responsible heritage tourism development project that can help to diversify and enhance our tourism product while also providing recreational spaces…

  • Barbados transitions to a Republic – the Republic of Barbados

    Barbados transitions to a Republic – the Republic of Barbados

    On 30th November 2021, fifty-five years after independence from Britain, Barbados will transition from a Constitutional Monarchy to being a Parliamentary Republic – the Republic of Barbados. The Queen’s representative Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason, GCMG, DA, QC will become the first President of Barbados. Her role will be mostly ceremonial, much like her current role…

  • St. Bees to Robin Hood Bay – In the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright

    St. Bees to Robin Hood Bay – In the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright

    It’s time for another coast to coast walk. In November 2019 the world heard about a virus in China that was causing great concern to some doctors who spoke out. At first little was known as the Chinese Authorities were giving the impression that they had it under control and it was nothing to worry…

  • Richard Goddard – 1935 to 2021

    Richard Goddard – 1935 to 2021

    Richard Goddard tribute by William Burton I first met Richard Goddard through my parents. But it was not until the early 1980’s that I joined his Sunday morning walks which started at Union Hall where he lived at the time. Soon groups from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme joined as part of their qualification.…

  • How they came to Barbados and found no men therein…

    How they came to Barbados and found no men therein…

    Amyas Preston was an English privateer of the Elizabethan period. Preston came from Cricket, St Thomas in Somerset.   He took part in many wars and battles in support of England. Among these were the Preston Somers Expedition in 1595. The Preston–Somers expedition was a series of military actions that took place from late May till…

  • Beautiful Barbados

    Beautiful Barbados

    Beautiful Barbados is being spoilt by ecologically uncaring, illegal and unscrupulous fly tippers dumping waste off-the beaten track. Here are some pictures of our beautiful island that only those of us who enjoy hiking and walking in the gullies and trails will ever see. Every parish has similar dumping hot-spots – there are way too many to include…

  • The Barbados Trailways Project

    The Barbados Trailways Project

    The Barbados Trailway Project is an ambitious plan to convert the Train Line into a multi-use pathway for use by Bajan cyclists, walkers and runners. Since the train stopped running in 1937 the tracks were removed and the route used by the surrounding farmers to gain access to their fields. It was also used by…

  • Life after COVID-19. Hope for a new world order

    Life after COVID-19. Hope for a new world order

    With the spread of the COVID-19 virus showing no sign of leaving the world any time soon it is probably premature to talk or think of life after it is gone. It appears that the necessary and common sense restrictions on gathering has slowed the COVID-19 infection rate and by extension the COVID-19 death rate.…