Bermuda: Somerset to the Dockyard

Bermuda via Wikimedia
Bermuda via Wikimedia
Bermuda is a tiny speck in the Atlantic Ocean whose first inhabitants were shipwrecked English colonists in the early 17th Century. As a result, its place-names all have a distinctly familiar feel, as you can see on the map above. On our first full day, we took the bus to what is (probably) the world’s smallest drawbridge joining Somerset Island (where the 1 is on the map) to the main island. Built in the 17th century, its central plank opens just enough (about 30 inches) to allow a yacht’s mast to be eased through.

From the bridge, we walked the Railway Trail to the Royal Naval Dockyard at Bermuda’s western tip. Our first stop was Fort Scaur. This was constructed following the American Civil War when the British were worried about a US invasion. There are many underground rooms and passages to explore, a very large gun and beautiful views. The moat has been turned into a flower garden.

Back on the trail, we quickly came to another detour, to the Heydon Trust Estate with its lovely little chapel, converted in the 1970s from a 17th century cottage.

The trail from here to Mangrove Bay and Somerset Village had plenty of interest – hibiscus hedgerows were something we became very used to seeing all over the island. There wasn’t much to the village itself – excitedly, we spotted a pub for lunch then found it only opened Wednesday-Sunday. This was Monday, so we turned to the Village CafΓ© (pink building in the gallery below) which, in UK terms, was basically a chippy.

After a not-very-healthy lunch of grilled cheese sandwich and chips / fries, we set off again. With hindsight, we’d have been better off catching a bus from here and having more time at the Dockyards as the trail petered out and we ended up walking on roads. The Dockyards have been converted into shops and craft outlets and are home to the National Museum which came highly recommended if you had 2-3 hours to spare. We only had an hour so decided to leave it and come back another day – which of course, we never did. We had a beer instead.

Our one-week travel pass worked on both buses and ferries, so we travelled part-way back by boat. The Dockyards receded and the City of Hamilton came into view, from there we took the bus back to our hotel.

Linked to Jo’s Monday Walks. There are many other interesting cyber-walks on her site so please take a look.



27 thoughts on “Bermuda: Somerset to the Dockyard

  1. restlessjo January 18, 2016 / 13:00

    Isn’t it an interesting shaped island (or two πŸ™‚ ) Anabel? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a map in close up. Hamilton looks rather lovely. Don’t think there’s much chance of a certain person taking me there so thanks for letting me come along with you.


    • Anabel Marsh January 18, 2016 / 13:17

      It is a weird shape – I think it’s the remains of the rim of an extinct volcano. There will be several more posts to come so you should see most of the island(s) by the time I’m done!

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  2. Heyjude January 18, 2016 / 15:11

    I’m curious to know why you chose Bermuda?


    • Anabel Marsh January 18, 2016 / 15:28

      Serendipity! We had a specific week free, this holiday (Headwater) departed on the right day and I just happened to spot it.

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  3. nomad, interrupted January 18, 2016 / 15:12

    I’ve never been to Bermuda but I’ve heard it’s lovely. Your photos reaffirm that. I love your captures of Fort Scaur and the vistas from there. Also I love the chapel at the Heydon Trust Estate. I think a beer over a museum is always a good choice! What a nice walk. πŸ™‚


  4. claudiabookwright January 18, 2016 / 15:53

    The hibiscus blossom you show looks very like a morning glory. Colorado’s climate does not allow for tropical hibiscus outdoors. My Dad has one as a houseplant — sort of third generation. He’s had it since his mother’s funeral more than twenty years ago. What we call Rose of Sharon do grow here and they are one of the many varieties of hibiscus (hibiscus syriacus). A Hedge of hibiscus is something I think I could get used to quite easily. Thank you for sharing your travels.


    • Anabel Marsh January 18, 2016 / 16:15

      That’s interesting! We saw many different colours over the week, but I don’t know the names of the varieties. I just loved them growing in the hedges which I thought were prettier than the hibiscus section in the Botanic Gardens (coming up about Wednesday!)

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  5. Pit January 18, 2016 / 16:44

    Glad you had a nice holiday and didn’t get lost in the Bermuda triangle. πŸ˜‰


  6. Birgit January 18, 2016 / 17:12

    This looks like such a beautiful walk and great pictures. Is that a funky coconut on that tiny palm? What are those green things hanging off the stick close-up? Curiousity is my middle name


    • Anabel Marsh January 18, 2016 / 17:17

      There is a good reason why I never put specific captions on these things! Then I don’t have to admit to what I don’t know (which is most of ’em).


  7. mopana January 18, 2016 / 18:48

    Do you like to play with my feelings, Anabel? πŸ™‚ It’s so beautiful there that I could walk to the Bermuda and back.


  8. abitofculture January 18, 2016 / 19:48

    An old school friend of mine moved there last year and invited me out to see him – I must take him up on his offer (when I can afford the air fare!)


  9. hilarymb January 19, 2016 / 08:27

    Hi Anabel – I too would love to know what the plants are … and I have to say the “hibiscus” I think is morning glory – commonly grown … and not a weed as we know it. I’ve never been to the Caribbean .. and it’s definitely a place to visit … looks so historically interesting as well. Fascinating photos and walk – a great break to have taken … cheers to the Gallivanting Glaswegians .. cheers Hilary


    • Anabel Marsh January 19, 2016 / 08:30

      Thanks, Hilary. There seems to be agreement on Morning Glory then! Bermuda is lovely – but a long way north of the Caribbean. It’s out in the Atlantic about level with Virginia (map to follow in later post which shows its strategic importance.)


  10. lisadorenfest January 19, 2016 / 20:38

    I just adore Bermuda and you’ve done well by it here. Makes me want to return for another visit!


  11. jazzfeathers January 21, 2016 / 08:23

    Love the galleries.
    This prove that, even places that are famouse for their amusement attractions, acually have something intersting to offer.
    I don’t like roasting in the sun of a beach eaither, btu I’d gladely do the same track you did πŸ™‚


    • Anabel Marsh January 21, 2016 / 08:39

      Thanks. That’s very true e.g. We went to Tenerife and kept away from the tourist resorts and had a great time walking in the hills hardly seeing a soul.

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