Keep the Old Indian Trail open for our children: Join the January 1st walk

UPDATED: December 30, 2010

Lots of interest. Many folks coming out for January 1st Trail Walk.

In response to multiple queries we are happy to provide more details and directions.

We will meet at the Indian Ground playing field at 3 p.m. on January-01-2011. For directions see map 001. We will have to leave latest at 3:15 p.m., as we want to finish before it gets dark around 5:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Come in good foot ware (runners or hiking boots) and with a water bottle. Our hike will be similar to the weekly hikes of the Barbados National Trust, except for the route. We will walk along the Old Indian Trail as marked on the attached map 002. The terminus will be Apes Hill. Vehicles will be waiting there to return the drivers of the participants’ vehicles to Indian Ground, so that they can drive back to Apes Hill to pick up the other members of their parties.

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Public right of access: Use it… or lose it!

One of Richard Goddard’s ongoing battles is to keep the Old Indian Trail open to public use, especially near and across the Springhead plantation. It is a battle grounded in history: this was a public road-of-way in the days when Barbados had a vibrant sugar industry, used it for transport of crops, goods, as well as a way to church and market. The trail is almost forgotten now but for its records on old maps (see attachments, where it is traced it in red).

The trail is now on private land in most places. Richard wants to keep it open for public use, which requires by some strange law that it be WALKED at least once per year. Richard wants such a walk to happen on the first day of the year, which is not only easy to remember but also has another significance historically: January 1st used to be the day when private roads were closed for the day as a show by the land owners of their ownership.

To join the walk, please be at Bleak House on January-01-2011 at 3 p.m., sharp.

We will have a briefing and then drive to a spot that Richard will pick, then take short 1-2 hours (?) walk from there. With cameras, of course, to record the event.

Here are some large size maps (500k each)



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11 responses to “Keep the Old Indian Trail open for our children: Join the January 1st walk

  1. What a great idea, and I really like the double meaning for January 1. I am off to share this on twitter and facebook…

  2. The subject of closing paths and roads for one day a year came up on my blog, over here in Derbyshire, UK
    Hope you get a good turnout for the walk, things like this are so important, anywhere in the world!

  3. ello its nice to hear someone is trying to keep some of the old thing for the next generation , wish i was on the rock i would attend Happy New Year to all who attends may God less you .

  4. a c tappin

    moments of our pass to live forever,….excellent…..I will be there starting next year to join you in keeping OUR history alive…..Happy New Year to all of you

  5. John Da Silva

    How do you get to Bleak House?

  6. John

    Go to the Indian Ground playing field.

    Come off Highway 2A at Sailor Gully or turn right to Indian Ground just before you get to Farley Hill.

  7. John Da Silva

    Thanks John.

  8. There is a slight mistake in the article the phrase is “right of way” ,usage was what established “right of way” and it was English Common Law which guaranteed “right of way” through “usage”
    I well remember that in the Leicestershire village where I once lived , a ‘right of way” went straight through the home of our village doctor whose house had covered the “way” in the distant past: he always allowed the “pedestrians” to exercise their “right of way “once a year.
    Such “ways” were vital to poor people who had to get their goods to market.
    There are “Pedestrian Societies ” in England that guard them zealously.
    All power to them!


    Sir may one proffer salutations to Richard Goddard.
    His intiative of reclaiming our history (The Old Indian Trail) for future generation and making Bajans aware of such has cheered me immensely, as we reach the end of what has been a year that is at best forgotton.
    Bajans are easily bamboozled as to what and who are important in their society. We so often elevate third and forth rate nonentities to prominence in our society as evidenced by some of the so called Heroes of Barbados. An telling example of recent was the 1ooth anniversary of the towering figure of Wynter Crawford which passed almost unnoticed in Barbados. A shameful episode. One hopes that TT Lewis will be treated with more respect and dignity than in this squalid manner.
    The ruling regime of the Democratic Labour Party should be cringing with utter embarrassment, at the manner in which they have treated one of the seminal figures of their party. But maybe one is expecting too much from political hucksters there for the main chance and nothing more.
    But for the small effort of the Clement Payne Movement this major giant of Bajan working class politics and history would all be but forgotton. So one gives thanks and respect to the efforts of Richard Goddard……………….a Bajan patriot indeed.

  10. Environmental Planner

    Ill call you john, we can go together!

  11. 186

    Richard Lewis you little shitehound