The Smith’s Parish Railway Trail is short in comparison with stretches in Paget, Warwick, and the West End, but it offers views of the North Shore, a shady fairyland of forest and easy access to the Penhurst Agricultural Park. Banks of nasturtium and asparagus fern line the muddy path, hemmed by steep limestone walls where the trail was cut through the hillside. This stretch of trail is a popular route for equestrians on their daily outings from nearby Hinson Hall Stables.
Enter halfway up Store Hill. You can walk west to adjoining Penhurst, or about a half mile east to Gibbet Island, where the trail breaks at the water’s edge. Follow North Shore Road east and pick up the trail again in Hamilton Parish (the small Bermuda Railway Museum is located here).
For a longer excursion, experience the other two-thirds of the western North Shore stretch by starting in Devonshire, where the trail can be accessed from Barker’s Hill or Palmetto Road. Try an out-and-back walk from here, returning for lunch at Ocean View Golf Club.
© Rosemary Jones from Moon Bermuda, 2nd Edition