What is it? Running almost the whole length of Bermuda, this hiking or cycling trail follows an abandoned rail bed – the "Old Rattle and Shake" train, which wound down in 1948.
Why go? There’s no better way to soak up the country’s varied natural beauty in one fell swoop. The 18-mile route passes through peaceful woodland and historic towns, traverses drawbridges and skirts breathtaking coastline. Pick up a map in the Hamilton visitors’ centre or join the Walking Club of Bermuda’s weekly Sunday morning ramble.
There’s plenty more to this tiny, horseshoe-shaped string of islands than preppy shorts and aviation mysteries. Lonely in the mid-Atlantic, Bermuda is an intriguing medley of British, American and Caribbean influences, right down to the locals’ accents. Quaint place names that conjure up Ye Olde England and red telephone boxes meet pink sand beaches, rum cocktails and sherbet-colored cottages. The first settlers arrived by chance in 1609, when a ship bound for Virginia ran into a storm; the episode apparently inspired Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Today, Bermuda’s naval heritage is writ large on its landscape, salt air whipping through historic fortresses and dockyards.
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