On top of the World : Mount Peggy, Bequia

18th April 2013
Walking up to Mount Peggy : On top of Bequia

The spectacular view from the top of Mount Peggy, out across Admiralty Bay, Bequia

I have been wanting to get up to Mount Peggy for a while, but with stories of difficult paths to follow, deadly plants and not walking up on your own, its taken a bit of time to get there.

The walk up from the Whaling Museum was easy enough, mostly steady walking/scrambling and near the top its more scrambling over rocks than anything else. There are a number of areas where the trail goes through thickets or Yucca plants, all of which have to be carefully negotiated due to their sharp edges, but for the most part, it was a relatively easy walk, taking 30-40 minutes to reach the top.

The walk is definitely worth it. The view from the top is simply stunning offering a 360 degree viewpoint covering the entire island.

The top is a rocky outcrop called Mount Peggy, after Peggy Kydd who had incredible eyesight and used to sit up on the rocks, looking out to sea, to point out where the shoals of fish were. Not sure how she used to communicate as this is well before the days of mobile phones, but its obviously stuck in local history. Like everything on Bequia, it has many names and is also known as Mount Peggy, or Ma Peggy.

The view across Admiralty Bay takes in most of the Northern part of the island, with the beaches of Lower Bay, Princess Margaret and then the harbour of Port Elizabeth; followed by the hillsides of Union Level, Cinnamon Gardens and out into Spring into the distance. On the right hand side are the hills of Mount Pleasant while over the left you can see the small hill containing Hamilton Fort. A spectacular view.

I made the trip as I wanted to shoot a timelapse sequence from the top, which became a challenge. Only taking a small lightweight tripod, the wind was blowing strongly and the rain came in while I was up there, so another visit will soon be needed, with the full equipment! Im not complaining though, with that view to watch out over for a couple of hours.

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