Trail FAQ


This page will try to answer your questions about the Railway Trail. Feel free to send in any questions you may have and if you find any errors, do let me know.

When you are in Bermuda, remember to pick up a copy of the Parks Department's Bermuda Railway Trail Map and Guide or the Bermuda Tourism brochure Bermuda East to West for guides to the Trail.

Questions

How safe is the Railway Trail?
Some people have asked me, how safe is the Railway Trail? A good question, since parts of the Trail are fairly isolated. Of course, except for parts of Ferry Point in the East End, a walker is never more than a minute or so from someone's house.

I have been visiting Bermuda every year since 1995, and I have walked the Trail a lot. In that time I do not recall hearing of crime on the Trail more than once or twice. My feeling is that you do not want to be on the Trail after dark, especially the more isolated sections. It's just common sense.

The bottom line for me is that I feel safe on the Trail during the day. I usually carry a small bag or knapsack with a bottle of water, my map and possibly a raincoat, and my camera goes in there. In other words I don't carry an obviously expensive piece of photographic equipment in an obvious camera case. I have often walked or biked the Trail alone. If I were a woman I probably would not want to spend a lot of time on the Trail by myself, again (unfortunately) common sense.

For more information:
The Bermuda Police Service website has a page for tourists (as well as Bermuda crime statistics if you are interested).

The US State Department travel information site has a page of Bermuda information.
Can I bicycle on the Railway Trail?
Yes, you can, but biking is more practical on some parts than others. This map shows the various parts of the Trail.

Trail sections

The part marked "easiest" is is broad and flat, and almost all of it is paved. The parts marked "easy" are flat with only the occasional old bridge or trestle site where you must stop and walk your bike down and up short, fairly steep slopes. The parts marked "hard" have a lot of old bridge sites and are not practical for bikes.

You are probably best with a mountain bike, except on the western section (marked "Easiest"), where any bike will do. Don't treat the Railway Trail as a racecourse, and you should be fine.
Can I rent a bicycle in Bermuda?
Yes. However, many tourists rent scooters, which in Bermuda are known as bikes, so don't get confused. (What North Americans call a bicycle is traditionally known as a push bike or pedal cycle in Bermuda.)

When I rented a bike to ride the entire western section of the Trail, I went to Eve's Cycles in Paget (its general location is the blue dot on the above map). They have the greatest number and choice of bicycles. Any of the scooter rental shops across Bermuda may have bikes, but often only a few, so they may be out. You might want want to telephone to reserve. In the East end I have rented from the St. George's Cycle Livery, which is also owned by Eve's.

Stop Press, February 2011: Eve's now also has a branch at Dockyard, conveniently located close to the cruise ship terminal (King's Wharf and Heritage Wharf). Note that the Eve's website doesn't mention it yet.
What if I have a question I would like answered?
Feel free to email me any questions. I will answer them if I can.