Visitors' Reviews & Comments
Lisa (July 2017)
Good Morning, We would like to bike the trail to some beach areas on our last 1/2 day in port. What is the best way to rent bikes and enter the trail? How far is it to the beach areas from our entry point? And what are the hours of the bike rental operation? Thank you.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) July 2017
Hi, there are no beaches for a long stretch of the trail from your entry point at the west end, you can get good water views from the northern shoreline. You can rent bicycles from Oleander Cycles located at the dockyard itself. Your railway trail entry point is in Somerset and is about 5.5kms from dockyard.
Debra Belanger (June 2017)
Are electric bicycles or scooters allowed on the trail? Thank you.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) June 2017
Only bicycles are allowed and only the easy sections are suitable for cycling.
Emily Lembeck (June 2017)
On October 4, 2017, my husband and I shall be in Bermuda as a one-day stop on a Princess Cruises cruise. We would like to bike the Bermuda Railway Trail, but:
1. Can you suggest an organized tour that can pick us up at the dock and return there at the end of the ride? Recently we biked Acadia National Park on a cruise stop in Maine, and it was very easy to arrange and a lot of fun.
2. If there is no tour, it appears the Trail is not close to the dock. Can you suggest: (a) at which trailhead we should begin and end, and (b) the best way to there and back from the dock?
3. Can you suggest a bike rental shop?
Thank you so much for your help with this.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) June 2017
Hi, you can contact Island Tour Center located at Dockyard (Phone: 441/236-1300; Email: [email protected]). They take booking for one such cycling tour from dockyard. It's a 3.5 hrs tour. Alternatively you can rent a cycle from Oleander Cycles located in Dockyard, go down to Somerset Bridge ferry dock (about 5.2 miles), and yards along Wharf Drive you will find signage for entry to the railway trail. Ride along the trail as long as you want (you will go past Fort Scaur and have wonderful views of the water). You can return the same way back.
Brian Roy Rosen (March 2017)
I want to underline the point made in an earlier comment that (at the time of writing) you will need a mountain bike if you want to do the whole railway trail, or long sections of it. The publicity that claims that this is a cycle trail is a bit misleading.
I know this because I have done the entire length, some of it several times, and also walked a lot of it. Although there are quite a few good hard-surface stretches and well-compacted soft surfaces suitable for almost any kind of bicycle, you should be prepared to negotiate the following cycling-unfriendly obstacles and stretches:
1. Barriers about one foot high, often quite close to each other, which force you to dismount and lift your bike over them (intended to stop powered vehicles, but very annoying for cyclists) especially in Warwick and Paget.
2. Valleys and hollows where the railway once crossed on a bridge, long demolished. Only a few of these have been replaced (recently) with footbridges. Otherwise, these 'gaps' now have loosely surfaced stony steep sections, sometimes with timber steps, just occasionally with a narrow steel ramp for wheeling your bicycle up/down. In one place in Somerset, the only way is to use a set of stone steps which turn through a right angle, and being steep and narrow, it is very difficult to carry your bike.
3. Where there were bridges across water, you have to do a workaround usually on to a busy main road, as at Flatts and Ferry Reach where the busy causeway is particularly narrow. (However, notably at Bailey's Bay they have recently built an excellent new footbridge over the water using the old concrete supports.)
4. Apart from the central stretches, there are places where the trail is grassy, sandy, stony, rocky, muddy etc. and sometimes reduced to a narrow footpath.
5. In places there is a lack of signage e.g. around Shelly Bay, and some of St. George's where the trail seems to disappear. Through the capital area (Hamilton), the former line has been replaced by roadway or has been built on.
For bike [and motor-cycle] hire, Oleander Cycles have basic mountain bikes (Trek), with helmet and lock, all-in. Bring your own lights and mini-pump and any special things you need. Oleander will come out to you with another bike if you get a puncture or other breakdown, but you'll need to get your bike to the nearest road or vehicle access point, and to be able to phone them with your location. It might take them as long as an hour to get to you. You can hire at one of their places and return to another.
NB the current Oleander leaflet lists only four hire places around the island, but there are others which are not listed. The website currently has a problem with the locations page.
Paula Pugliese (January 2017)
From Hamilton, how does one access public transportation to go to an entry point of the rail trail? Do you suggest a certain section? I will be arriving via cruise ship in May. I would like to walk up to 5-6 km on a day docked in Hamilton. Thanks for specific reply.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) January 2017
Hi, take bus #10 or 11 from the Hamilton central bus terminal, and ask the driver to drop you near the junction of North Shore Road, Palmetto Road and Barkers Hill Road. It would take about 15 minutes to reach the junction. From here, take Barkers Hill road and you will find entry to the Railway Trail in about 80-90 meters.
If you take bus #10, you can also ask the driver to drop you to the entry point of the trail at Palmetto road before reaching the junction. These entries are in Devonshire Parish. Once you enter the trail, walk east towards Bailey's Bay in Hamilton Parish.
Despina (June 2016)
Hello, Love your site ;-) Just wondering can you walk from Flatts village to Shelly bay beach or vice versa through the railway trail ? Thanks
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) June 2016
Hi, yes you can. While walking from Shelly bay towards Flatts, a small section of the original railway track went over Gibbons bay (next to Gibbet Island). Here you can still see the old Pylons (pillars on water) on which the track was built. Here you need to take a short detour, get on to the main road, go past Bermuda Aquarium and over Flatts Bridge to enter Flatts Village and then back on to the trail on the other side.
Phoebus (April 2016)
We walked most of the rail trail last year and loved it. Came back this year but couldn't find our map before we left. Bad mistake. These maps are now out of print and no longer available at the visitor bureaus. Unfortunately, there also doesn't appear to be a downloadable version of it anywhere. If someone still has a version of the map, maybe they can post it here?
Christopher (May 2015)
Hi Raj. We are in Bermuda next week, and have several volunteer projects going. We would love to walk some of the trail, but not sure how much time will be left. I love how you sectioned off the trail and this will be very helpful. If you could only walk 1 or 2 sections, what would be your recommendation? Thank you, and God bless
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) May 2015
Hi, while the Sandy's section is quite popular with the cruise visitors, I personally prefer the sections through Devonshire, Smith's and Hamilton parishes (section #5 and #6) in my descriptions.
Fred Fesel (May 2014)
We arrive in 2 wks on celebrity. I would like to do the whole trail by bicycle. can you suggest rental, and best route ie. downhill vs. uphill to accomplish this. If not possible, what should we do. thanks. ps. love your site.
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) May 2014
Hi, You can start cycling from either end of the railway trail. The terrain in Bermuda is not like a continuous higher to lower elevation from one end to the other. However the trail at the western end (starting at Somerset) is the easiest section. The trail is flat here and mostly paved.
You can continuously bike in this section until you reach the section near Warwick. This is where you will need to get off at times and walk your bike up and down steep slopes and cross old bridges. However trail remains quite easy and flat.
As you go towards the eastern side, in certain sections in Hamilton Parish and St George's Parish, the trail is difficult and not conducive to biking. There are lots of old structures and bridges along the way. For most part (other than in the eastern most section) you will need a mountain bike. You can find bicycle rental info here.