A waterfall walk, St Pierre
Mar 29 2017
By Cath Hough
Anchoring in St Pierre, Martinique is an impressive sight with Mt Pelee towering over you, the peak occasionally appearing from the clouds. Once a thriving city St-Pierre has a fascinating history, making it a quaint place for a stopover. During May 1902 the town was destroyed when Mt Pelee erupted, wiping out the entire town, with the exception of a prisoner protected by his thick prison cell walls! Dotted around is evidence of the ruins, including the prison, theatre, and church.
As we had a day to explore I decided to take a walk to discover the St-Pierre waterfall. Having seen a brief description in a sail cruising magazine I knew a waterfall existed a short walk from the town, however, the exact location was unknown! Walking from the dinghy dock up the hill through town I met with River Roxelane and followed its banks along the road. Following a brief hiking map picked up at the tourist information I walked to the spot where the River Jardin des Plantes met the river I was following. There was a slightly overgrown path along the edge of the river which I decided to follow, in the hope that it would lead to the waterfall! As the path got narrower and more overgrown I thought it may come to a dead end, however, I reached a gate with ‘pousses’ written on it (which I later discovered meant push)! Having followed the path so far I decided to continue and to my amazement around the next corner was a beautiful cascading waterfall! The fresh water was too tempting not to take a dip underneath the fresh flow and cool off. I was pleased to have been able to find a secluded spot of natural beauty to enjoy.
On the way back I continued up the road to Depaz Rhum Distillery. You are able to see the production of Rhum which is made on site and have a taste too! You can then loop back to St-Pierre past the old church ruins and into the town.
If you have some time to spare when visiting St-Pierre I recommend this walk. I was amazed by the natural beauty of the waterfall, however as far I could tell it was not advertised with sign posts or walking routes. A secret spot worth visiting!