Devil's Bridge and Long Bay
Level : Easy Road and Cross Country
Duration: 2 ½ Hrs
Devils Bridge marks one of the eastern most points of the Antiguan coast line, and lies at the edge of a small windswept rocky peninsula. It is a very nice spot, but those expecting the like of the Great Ocean Road in Oz might be slightly disappointed. The bridge-like rock formation giving its name to the area is puny, and even those with the greatest enthusiasm for small natural wonders will have to make an effort to be enthralled. Yet the couple of drink and souvenir sellers peddling their goods from the boot of their salt eaten cars will make sure you get the jist.... 'where the Atlantic swell crashes on razor sharp rocks, a place from which to gaze through the ocean spray at the horizon towards the rising sun and beyond... ' And sure enough it beats staying home.
From Falmouth, take the road towards Willoughby, taking the shortcut by the Land Rover garage if you feel like shaving off a few kilometers. Keep riding past Belsheda village, and on towards the Potswork Dam junction. Take a right here, and the first left just past the petrol station. Ride on until you reach the main road towards Willikies, onto which you turn right. Here, some map editions are plain wrong, showing that you should continue on this road straight ahead. In fact you have to take the first large road to the left once you pass a petrol station, also on the left; it is not very well signposted but that's that.. Stick to this road for a further 5 ks, through the village of Willikies, till you reach the well marked turnoff to Devil's Bridge, a futrther 2 k ride down a good dirt road.
You can cycle a couple of kilometers further along the main road to Long Bay, where there is a nice sheltered beach with clear water and a resort popular with Italian sun lovers, with a sprinkling of annoying touts lurking. A few local people do come here as well on weekends for a swim... Spot the 'Preserve our Tourists' sign posted on a tree at the end of the road!