Key information: Above Grenville
- Another fascinating walk, in one of Grenada's long-abandoned plantations.
- A fine old graded track takes you up through the remains of the plantation, passing the ruins of the plantation buildings, which are interesting but unlovely, and redolent of the miseries of the slaves who worked them.
- Walkopedia rating87
- Natural interest13
- Human interest14
- Negative points0
- Total rating87
- Length: 2+ hrs
- Maximum Altitude: n/a
- Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Grenada's history, like so much of the Caribbean, is painfully interwoven with colonialism and slavery. Sugar was the crop which made it valuable to the colonialists, its intensive production of course made feasible by slavery. Huge swathes of the old plantations are long-abandoned, and have returned to secondary forest, in which you can pick cocoa, nutmeg and mangoes (we have feasted on ripe fallen mangoes- some bush tucker!)
They are now charming, fascinating, atmospheric jumbles of trees and scrub, the old trees and the plantation structures much in evidence including the fine old graded tracks which lace the hillsides. You will meet the melancholy remains of chunkily built plantation buildings as you walk. They are stark reminders of the human misery which underpinned this economy.
Above Grenville: You start with a potter around Grenville's busy and engaging streets, out to where the minibuses sit. 10 mins or so up the hill, you climb out at a junction and cross a stream that is the island's biggest river, joining a lane lined by colourful cottages in their luxuriant gardens.
You are soon on a wide, graded grassy track, typical of the former access tracks which lace the old plantation hillsides. You walk through lovely secondary forest, the old plantation nutmeg, cocoa and mango trees now fighting to compete with self-seeded trees and scrub.
The track gradually climbs a ridge, then traverses the hillside, with wide views across the forest tops to the sea.
Coming back down, you will see the heavy ruins of the plantation buildings. Further down, you reach a low stone bridge over our stream. A minute upstream is a perfect little bathing spot under the shady greenery.
Past a vast and huge-rooted survivor of the hurricanes of the years, the track reaches the outskirts of town.
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WILLIAM MACKESY'S ACCOUNT
of this walk
We started with a potter around Grenville's busy and engaging streets, out to where the minibuses sat. We piled into the back of a hot and cheerful banger, and wound our way for 10 mins or so up the hill and out to the forested edge of town.
We climb out at a junction and cross a stream that is the island's bigest river, which clearly goes mad in spate. We are immediately on a lane lined by colourful cottages in their luxuriant gardens, opening nutmeg and sniffing at its red mace lining, and sucking on the sweet, lychee like outer pulp of cocoa seeds.
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