While Moored in Young Island, myself, Ann and Friso went for a walk to the top of Fort Duvernette. Fort Duvernette is an old abandoned military fort dating back to the (date) which is open to the public to walk up and enjoy the views.
We started our adventure to the top early in the morning when the heat wasn’t as punishing. At the bottom of the Fort is a small dinghy dock where we parked our dinghy for when we returned to the bottom. There is a small, what looks like a, BBQ area at the bottom and an information board giving you a brief history of the fort.
The stairs that run up Fort Duvernette are pretty steep and narrow, enough for a single file line, but some points are slightly wider and are good to use as passing points if you meet anyone else on your way up or down. As you ascend the stairs curve round the fort and provides amazing views all the way up, looking out over different directions.
About half way up there are a set of stairs that sprout off the main stairs and down to a small area with a couple of large cannons and views out over the sea towards Bequia. I imagine this out have been the area where soldiers defended again ship coming from the south. There is also a small dirt track leading away from the opposite end of this area but it doesn’t look to lead anywhere so we didn't explore it.
Going back to the main stairs, we followed them up further towards the top. We stopped for a break about 3/4 of the way to the top and to admire the views over Young Island and Blue Lagoon.
We also stopped here on our way down to admire the view again and watch the waves as they crashed over the reef and into the rock on Young Island.
When you finally get to the top of Fort Duvernette you are met by 2 Cannons and 1 Mortar Cannon. The views are fairly restricted due to the small, shaded seating area and the bushes that are growing up there. Thew views over Blue Lagoon are fantastic and the same over Young Island but anywhere past that is covered by trees.
That didn’t stop us though, we wanted some pictures of Ripples 2 so we found a little path behind the seating area and climbed up onto the rocks above. What a good decision it was because it gave us the best views of everything, full 360degree, undisturbed views. A little more climbing down onto a ledge and we had the perfect view of the boat and got all the pictures we wanted.
After spending some time gazing out from the rocks we headed back down. The stairs were just as steep but felt and looked much worse. We took our time on our way down as we didn’t want to fall, it would have been a long and painful tumble to the bottom. Again we stopped and admired the views on our way down, just because we could.
When we got to the bottom, and just before we got back in the dinghy, i saw the perfect picture form in front of my eyes. From the end of the dinghy down we had an undisturbed view of Ripples 2. In my opinion, the picture looks like something out of a brochure or magazine.
And with that our trip up Fort Duvernette was over. It wasn’t a difficult walk but it was well worth the trip.
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