Barbados has some great nature to offer, and I assumed the best way to explore this, would be to just walk. I soon came across the Great Train Run, which is organized yearly, and which leads from Bridgetown all the way up to Belleplaine in the northeast. I decide to skip the first part, and start where the trail hits the eastern coast. The bus from Bridgetown drops me off at Sargeant, from where it is a short walk downhill to the coast, to Bath. It is a cloudy day, which is good for walking, and at the end of the beach of Bath, I find a well-trodden trail leading northwest along the coast. There are vistas of small bays, some with small beaches, and green hills with trees. I am walking on the Atlantic side of Barbados, notorious for its wild seas, in contrast with the west side where you find most beaches of the island.
In some bays, mushroom-shaped rocks stick out of the ocean, and waves crash against them in a seemingly useless effort to push the rocks over. Still, the power of the waves have eaten away part of the base of the rocks, and one day, they will surely fall, one by one, like dominoes in the surf. Walking further north, I reach Martin's Bay, and the trail meanders through a landscape that is at the same time rocky and green. After passing Tent Bay, I enter the settlement of Bathsheba, the biggest on the trail. Still, it has the relaxed feel of a small village, with a few people on the waterfront having drinks here and there. Contrary to the tranquil west coast with its sandy beaches and resorts, the east coast mostly attracts surfers: these waters are not safe for a relaxed swim. There are more weirdly shaped rocks in the sea, and powerful waves trying to push them over, resulting in big white sprays.
The trail goes a little inland, but quickly returns to the coast. During the entire hike, I regularly see the remains of the bed of the train track, with ruined bridges spanning gullies that are dry. Various birds accompany me on my hike, but otherwise, I see very few people; the further I hike, the less people I see. In Cattlewash, I see a rock on the beach with a bench on top, and I cannot resist but climb it for the views. From here, I enter Barclays Park, which has some dramatic rock formations. Instead of walking on the main road, I decide to take off my shoes and walk through the surf of the sea on the deserted beach. There are wide views both ahead, and back. When the steep rocks of Barclays Park are behind me, I climb up to the road, and walk up to Belleplaine, where I find a breezy terrace to have lunch. Officially, this is the end of the track from Bridgetown, but I still have a couple of hours before sunset, and decide to walk up the hills to Cherry Tree Hill, where I am rewarded with views all the way back to where I started hiking in the morning.
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