Welchman Hall Gully
Welchman Hall Gully, located in the parish of St.Thomas, is a three-quarter mile long gully which is home to a number of tropical plants and trees, including nutmeg, bamboo, clove and palms.
The enchanted feel of Welchman Hall Gully will instantly strike you. It is a touch of tropical forest mixed with native and other exotic plants. Your tour takes the form of a self-guided walk along a well-maintained shaded path, with the option of stepping off the pathway to explore bamboo groves and interesting cave formations, and to see the monkeys at play.
What makes the gully even more spectacular is that it was formed by the collapsed roofs of caves, which is still evident. It is in fact still geologically connected to the adjacent Harrison's Cave. Throughout the gully you'll see evidence of the same types of stalactites and stalagmites found in Harrison's Cave.
As you make your way through the gully, you'll understand how the first British settlers saw the island, before the forests were cleared for cultivation of sugar cane.
Signs and information boards along the way provide fascinating information on the importance of these gully areas to the island. The handy booklet also gives interesting insights into the trees and plants you'll see as you walk through Welchman Hall.
As you complete your tour be sure to climb up to the look-out point for expansive views of the lush countryside and eastern coast.
If you decide to visit, come in the mornings, a troop of Green Monkeys are fed daily in the gully. Gullies provide food, shelter, and gateways between other gullies for the monkeys. The majority of Green Monkeys on the island live in gullies. Call before you visit and check for time of feeding, tel (246) 438-6671.
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