Hiking in Antigua
The Lookout Trail and Jones Valley Trail are ideal to walk together as one leads to the start of the other and/or vice versa. It is slightly easier to start at the bottom of the Lookout on the road to Galleon Beach Resort, the lower trail is quite steep but soon becomes less so.
The path winds to the top of the hill for about half a mile and is quite clearly defined. Roughly half way up you can see the stunning views over English Harbour and the other side to Mamora Bay. Along the way you will see many native flora and air plants are prolific, growing without soil in the trees.
As you approach the top you can see Shirley Heights restored military lookout and gun battery named after Sir Thomas Shirley, Governor of the Leeward Islands, who strengthened Antigua’s defenses in 1781. On the highest ground, 490ft (150m) above sea level, was the Signal Station from which a system of flags was used by day and guns by night to convey messages to St, John's by way of Great Fort George on Monk's Hill.
The Shirley Heights military complex also included a guard house, magazine and kitchen, officers' quarters, adjoining parade grounds, a 40-bed hospital, canteen, and a cemetery. An obelisk in the cemetery commemorates the officers and men of the 54th Regiment (2nd Battalion Dorsets) who died in service in the West Indies between 1840 and 1851.
Once on the main road you can join the Jones Valley Trail a few hundred yards on the left. On the opposite side of the road is the Carpenter Rock Trail.
Don't forget; Sensible shoes, water, sunscreen and a sunhat.
Shirley Heights Lookout. Make a reservation for lunch or have a drink at the bar. Tel 1-268-776 2853
One of five trails in the National Parks area in English Harbour and adjacent to the Jones Valley Trail.