One of the best ways to explore Bermuda is along the Railway Trail. The last train has long since departed, leaving the route of the Bermuda’s former railroad to walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
The railway, affectionately known as ‘Old Rattle and Shake’, began its short existence in 1931 and, per mile, was the most expensive railway ever built. An economic disaster, it was closed in 1948 and the rolling stock shipped off to British Guiana.
In the 1980’s the government converted the route into a trail that runs almost the entire length of Bermuda. There’s a significant gap between Paget and Devonshire Parishes, and numerous smaller ones where a main road needs to be briefly followed. However, for the most part, the Railway Trail offers secluded and unique traffic-free views of Bermuda.
The Bermuda Department of Tourism produce a brochure, Bermuda East to West, that contains an excellent guide to the Railway Trail. It’s available for free from the Visitor Information Centres.