CYCLE the West End from Dockyard to Hog Bay Park
Ride the ferry to the Royal Naval Dockyard. Adventure lovers can make a day of it by biking the six miles from rental shop Oleander Cycles in Dockyard to the ancient lime kiln and abandoned cottages at Hog Bay Park, an untouched 32 acres. Stop for pies at Baxter’s, a family-run kitchen on Scott’s Hill Road. Climb the hill to historic Scaur Hill Fort Park and take in views of Ely’s Harbour – perfect for watching the sunset – and the Great Sound, an excellent spot to watch the sunrise. To get to Hog Bay, cross Somerset Bridge, the world’s smallest working drawbridge. Check the tides; the park sits on a steep coastal hillside that slopes down to Black Bay, a small beach that becomes fully submerged during high tide.
HIKE (or run) the East End from Hamilton Parish to Coney Island
Enter the trail from the foot of Crawl Hill gas station and work your way to Coney Island, where until 1871 a horse-drawn ferry connected St. George’s to the mainland.
A quiet three miles, away from traffic noise, the trail reaches a high bluff overlooking the ocean. There are well-spaced benches along the trail and a dock in front of Francis Patton school where the brave can access the water via a ladder. At dusk the sea comes alive with fish visible from the bridges.
Breathe in the wild fennel, pass old slipways and protected 17th-century ruins, visit a small beach and stop by Swizzle Inn or Bailey’s Bay Ice Cream Parlour across the road. Bermuda’s natural caves are nearby and also well worth a visit.
STROLL the North Shore from Devonshire to Smith’s
For dramatic coastal views spanning the North Shore to Royal Naval Dockyard, enter the trail from Palmetto Road by Ocean View Golf Course for a safe three-mile walk over four bridges.
This section of the trail is edged by Bermuda’s only major dairy farm before reaching a deep cut where the soft limestone was hand-carved for the narrow-gauge railway, thought to be the most expensive (per mile) railroad of its time. Peek through hedges at carefully restored old Bermuda cottages on your way to Flatt’s Inlet, a shallow and sheltered beach perfect for a refreshing plunge.
On North Shore Road you can catch a bus or walk carefully along the roadside for about 10 more minutes to Flatt’s Village. Here, you can pay a visit to The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo and have lunch at a neighbourhood favourite like Village Pantry or Rustico.