After two uneventful days aboard Zanshin I had to get out - particularly as the boat had been rocking and rolling for three days and nights and I needed some terra firma underneath my feet again. While the wind died, the waves and little wind came from the south and thus straight into Falmouth, causing an uncomfortable rhythm which occasionally got harmonics to reach an impressive roll rate.
I decided to visit Fort Berkeley, which guarded the entrance to English Harbour and then take a walk along the path up and over the hill. My timing wasn't the best, as I did it in the heat of the day at noon and there was barely a breeze even at the top of the hill to help cool things down. Oh well, it was nonetheless a nice trip and I'm happy I got the exercise. The camera had recuperated from the stress of Antigua Sailing Week and once again saw some use.

The tropics has reclaimed this building All that remains of this building in Nelson's Dockyard are the foundations.
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The tropics has reclaimed this building
English Harbour entrance The outer entrance to English Harbour seen from the path leading to Fort Berkeley.
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English Harbour entrance
Path to Fort Berkeley The well-defined path leading from Nelson's Dockyards to Fort Berkeley.
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Path to Fort Berkeley
Southern Antigua coastline Steep rocky cliffs make the southern coast of Antigua inhospitable for the most part.
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Southern Antigua coastline
I'm not sure what happened to this section of the path leading to Fort Berkeley, it seems to have disappeared completely.
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Fort Berkeley outer fortification The outer wall of Fort Berkeley with cannon emplacements.
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Fort Berkeley outer fortification
Shoreline seen from Fort Berkeley The rocky shores surrounding the entrance to English Harbour in Antigua
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Shoreline seen from Fort Berkeley
I'm not the only one on the walls This goat opted not to contest my presence on the walls of the fort, but for a while it looked like I'd have to be the one to give way.
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I'm not the only one on the walls
Fort Berkeley and Nelson's Dockyard Looking in to Nelson's Dockyard from the wall of Fort Berkeley
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Fort Berkeley and Nelson's Dockyard
One single cannon remains Fort Berkeley certainly had more than this paltry single cannon as armaments in it's heydey.
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One single cannon remains
Rusty Cannon An old rusty Cannon is the sole remaining one in Fort Berkeley.
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Rusty Cannon
Natural lawn-mowers These feral goats keep the grass in the Fort short.
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Natural lawn-mowers
Catamaran enters English Harbour The red and green markers showing the safe channel mark the entrance to English Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard.
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Catamaran enters English Harbour
Fort Berkeley emplacements Fort Berkeley emplacements
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Fort Berkeley emplacements
Cannon guarding the entrance The sole remaining cannon points out to sea, never to be fired in anger.
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Cannon guarding the entrance
Waddya want? This goat looked like he was going to contest my getting any closer to his prize patch of grass.
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Waddya want?
Fort Berkeley walls Fort Berkeley walls
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Fort Berkeley walls
Looking down on English Harbour channel From halway up the hill the entrance to English Harbour looks shallow.
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Looking down on English Harbour channel
South Antigua coastline South Antigua coastline
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South Antigua coastline
English Harbour anchorage The outer English Harbour anchorage on the far side of Fort Berkeley.
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English Harbour anchorage
English Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard The docks at English Harbour from above.
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English Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard
Fort Berkeley and outer anchorage Fort Berkely overlooks the entrance to the sea and the outer anchorage.
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Fort Berkeley and outer anchorage
It is steeper than it looks. Steep path up the hill overlooking Fort Berkeley
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It is steeper than it looks.
English Harbour anchorage English Harbour anchorage
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English Harbour anchorage
Hilltop ruins Remains of old fortifications atop the hill overlooking English Harbour
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Hilltop ruins
Only the foundations remain Lichens, weeds and grasses reclaim the site of an old fortification atop the hill.
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Only the foundations remain
Ruins Ruins
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Ruins
Scenic view Looking west from atop the hill behind English Harbour.
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Scenic view
Looking down into Falmouth Looking down into Falmouth
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Looking down into Falmouth
Nelson's Dockyards The buildings of Nelson's Dockyard, and the site of some of the parties for Antigua Sailing Week.
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Nelson's Dockyards
Spirit and Sojana Two ships left at the new megayacht docks at English Harbour.
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Spirit and Sojana
New Docks The new megayacht dock at English Harbour.
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New Docks
Fort Berkeley Panorama A 180 degree panorama of the view from Fort Berkeley.
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Fort Berkeley Panorama
English and Falmouth harbours panorama Panorama showing Falmouth (left) and English (centre) harbours.
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English and Falmouth harbours panorama
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