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.
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)