“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.” Rumi.
The area surrounding Shirley Heights and Galleon Beach area is riddled with walking trails that are well worth scoping out. I love, love, love to walk and now that I have discovered these local trails that lead through forest, to beach and cliffs and then to gardens I am truly happy breathing in the clean, fresh Atlantic balmy breeze.
It is good to get your heart rate up a little before gasping at the spectacular views! These trails are all marked so they are easy to follow even if you are just visiting the island.
Two o’clock on a Monday and I have a lucky moment in the day’s schedule – I grab a sandwich (and a square of chocolate or three for after, bien sur) – and head out onto Galleon Beach with the world-famous Surf Dog Ricky.
This is the Jone’s Valley Trail that begins at Galleon Beach. It takes about an hour to do the loop and sturdy shoes are necessary. I wore my trainers, largely to prove my husband wrong as he insisted we needed hiking boots. In hindsight, hiking boots would have been good too.
The way up through the shady forest involved some scrambling over boulders and negotiating past tree roots. It felt very jungle, whereas the way down felt quite like botanical gardens.
The path is well-marked with white paint although you may have to stop if you are ever in doubt and have a look for such route markings.
A signpost offers the choice of the gravesite or woodland path. We looped up past the graveyard and down through the woodland, taking an hour overall at a good dachshund pace. It is a two-mile roundtrip hike.
At the gravesite you will see scattered headstones among the trees.
The forest gives good shade from the sun and you pop out at the top for just a few moments.
If you like to continue up to Shirley Heights you will be rewarded with one of the best views in Antigua. We stopped 10 minutes short this day to follow the track back down, as we had real time restrictions.
If you meet us along the way, please say HI!
Thanks for stopping by. I use this blog as a creative outlet and a place to share my story during this big adventure of ours on a little tropical island in the Caribbean.