West End walkers explore hidden parts
Hundreds of people turned out for the Bermuda National Trust Palm Sunday Walk under sunny skies in the West End yesterday.
Bill Zuill, the executive director of the BNT, said the annual walk was a huge success and that about 2,300 people took part.
He said: “The response has been overwhelmingly positive.
“The weather was definitely on our side and we got a very good turnout.”
The event, which started in the 1970s, provides a chance for participants to see parts of the island that might not be often opened to the public.
Mr Zuill said that much of this year’s walk took participants over West End Development Corporation property “which is generally fairly accessible”.
But he added: “Even then, there are parts of Ireland Island, and Boaz Island, that most people never go to.”
The five-mile route took participants past several points of cultural and natural heritage, including cemeteries, historic buildings and secluded nature spots. The circular route started and ended at Cross Island in Dockyard.
Mr Zuill said that the length of the walk was tailored to make it easy to finish. He added: “You see many families, several generations, all out walking together.
“It’s also extremely diverse with people out from all walks of life.”
This year’s event was sponsored by insurance firm Sompo International.
A spokesman for Sompo said the company was proud to support the trust in “preserving the island’s open spaces and rich heritage”.
He added: “Sompo International supports numerous local services, projects and events that benefit the broader Bermuda community and looks forward to the annual spring walk as a way to promote both environmental awareness and physical and mental health.”
Drinks firm John Barritt & Son supplied refreshments to walkers.