Bermuda Railway Trail Bike and Beach Adventure
King's Wharf, Bermuda
- Bermuda Railway Trail: Nature reclaims its territory on transformed train tracks that make excellent bike and walking paths, with spectacular views of the island.
- Fort Scaur: More great views await from behind the cannons of this historic fort that still guards Somerset Island.
- Heydon Trust Chapel: Originally a cottage on an early-1600s colonial estate, it's now the smallest church ever established on the island.
About this King's Wharf tour
Good PR generated by well-heeled visitors like Mark Twain and President Woodrow Wilson helped establish Bermuda as a serene island sanctuary more than a century ago. Silence was indeed golden, and the government banned private motor vehicles.
But World War I began a drastic decline in tourism, and a revenue-starved government had to act. Debate raged over how to transport vacationers and locals around the island. Rather than restore automobiles to cramped, virgin roads, train lobbyists convinced officials to rely on rail. It took seven years to lay 22 miles of track and erect 33 bridges and trestles.
The system opened to great fanfare in 1931; 17 years later, "Old Rattle and Shake" ran out of steam, the victim of decay, crumbling timbers, huge repair bills, and precipitous operating losses.
This is where you luck out. Mother Nature has been slowly but surely reclaiming the rail route since 1948, resulting – quite unintentionally – in an especially scenic set of cycling and walking trails. Most of the Bermuda Railway is again open to visitors, engineering an unrivaled track to environmentally friendly island adventure. Without relying on cars.
Going to the chapel
The tiny Heydon Trust Chapel was originally built by John Heydon, Bermuda's governor in the 1670s, as a cottage on his estate. Though unpopular for his puritanical dogma, Heydon stayed in Bermuda when he retired. Incredibly, at 80 years old, he was charged with treason – he'd supposedly helped Spain and Holland plan an invasion. Upon acquittal, he forgave his neighbors in true Christian fashion, and established the trust that has preserved his name, estate, and that cute chapel for four centuries.
Please proceed to the Dockyard Watersports Centre - next to the Dockyard ferry stop to meet our GoBe Rep.
Bermuda's environment is heavily protected; removing coral, shells, animals, plants etc. is strictly prohibited and subject to fines. Do not touch the coral - you will harm it, and it may harm you.
Participants must be in good physical shape and able to cycle long distances. This experience is not wheelchair accessible.
Bike Tour, Adventure, Scenic
Varies between catamaran and mini-van and is dependent on participation. Mountain Bike.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Travelers must be a minimum of 10 years of age to participate in this tour.
Special Medical Restriction
This tour is only suited to travelers in very good physical condition. It is not recommended to you if you suffer from seizures, have heart, back, neck, respiratory, or shoulder problems, recently had surgery, or are pregnant.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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