Spanning the island from end to end, the Railway Trail follows an abandoned railbed that winds through tranquil landscapes and along stunning rocky coastlines. Eighteen peaceful miles of island history and breathtaking views are yours to explore by foot or pedal bike, but no motorized vehicles are allowed.
The Path's Origins
The trail's origins go back to a time when the Bermuda Railway was the primary means of transportation for islanders. The train, known as the "Old Rattle and Shake," operated from 1931 to 1948, running from St. George's Station in the east to Somerset Station in the west. In 1964, the remaining right of way was transformed into a trail for walkers and cyclists. The trail was designated as a National Park in 1986 and is maintained by the Bermuda Parks Department. Learn more about the trail's history.
Today, 18 of the railway's original 22 miles are accessible to the public, providing an unparalleled way to experience the island's natural beauty and serenity.
Trail Basics & Tips
The trail is divided into nine sections ranging between 1 mile and 3¾ miles long and traversing the parishes of Bermuda. You can start from either end or enter at various points along the way. The terrain varies, ranging from flat, paved stretches to sections with steeper slopes and bridges that make cycling more challenging.
By pedal bike, you can cover more of the Railway Trail, but be aware that the trail is not continuous. Some sections are interrupted by busy roadway intersections, and along the path itself you may encounter old bridges, steps and other features you'll have to navigate by foot.
As you plan your journey, be sure to leave plenty of time for meandering, and don't forget your camera. Hidden, photo-worthy gems along the way include intimate beaches, panoramic ocean views and an old drawbridge. Lush, fragrant trees, plants and flowers line the pathway.
Lush, fragrant trees, plants and flowers line the pathway.