Behind God’s Back
This route takes you Behind God’s Back, so-called because the area is considered remote and seldom visited. From here we go further east to Codrington College, Conset Bay and then head to Bath beach.
It passes some unusual rum shops, there’s an optional uphill walk – and a swim from one of secretbarbados.com’s secluded beaches.
Leave the ABC highway at Norman Niles roundabout (heading north, that’s the one after the statue of Bussa breaking free of chains, heading south and you find Bussa, you’ve gone too far!). Turn east on Salters Main Road for about 7km until you reach a large pond with wildfowl and other birdlife. You are now in the peace and quiet “Behind God’s Back” surrounded by cane fields and near the Codrington sugar factory (pictured). Check out the chimney and the bell, still with rope attached, once used to summon workers to labour in the fields and factory.
Head east for about 5kms, then north on highway 3 towards Codrington College. Look for a right to St Mark’s Church, which you should spot fairly easily owing to its elevated and exposed position. It’s known locally as the Chapel on the Hill, which may account for its complete destruction in August 1831 by a hurricane. This bit’s difficult, so if lost, just ask someone.
The church is seldom visited and offers a peaceful spot to take in Ragged Point light house to the south and the turbulent surf to the north.
Head down to Conset Bay, a quiet fishing village, where fishermen sell the catch of the day and a makeshift rumshop sells cold drinks. You can explore the boatyard, nestling gently below the hill. The bush around it seems to be slowly taking over the boats, many of which are unlikely to see salt water again.
If you fancy a hike, head through the Conset Bay yard, keeping the government sign on your left, then follow the 4x4 path ahead. Ignore the first left and head up, eventually past a ramshackle chattel house and on to Codrington College. After admiring the tall avenue of native cabbage palms lining the drive, either head back downhill or send the driver back to meet you on the road outside the college.
You deserve a swim so head up along the coast to Bath beach. There are a number of coves here but this one is safe for bathing. On a weekend there’ll be plenty of locals picnicking under the shade of the trees here. You have a choice now whether to continue to Bathsheba, or visit the attractions of Andromeda, Hunte’s Gardens or Welchman Hall Gully before heading home.