Welcome to the town of Le Prêcheur, a town located in the North Caribbean of the island. This commune, isolated, has the particularity of having a low population and living mainly from fishing. The seabed, located near this town, is very rich and is also very well preserved by the local population. Many buildings in this town are classified as historical monuments and the mainly nautical activities (diving, fishing, surfing, snorkeling) will enchant you. The Habitation Céron and the most beautiful tree of 2016 (Zamana) also resides in the commune of Le Prêcheur. Finally, you will have other activities available such as the Cascade Couleuvre, the Prêcheur -Grand’Rivière hike, the ascent of Mount Pelée or even canyoning. It is a peaceful town that will make you disorientated and make you discover places that have kept all their charm of yesteryear such as the beaches of Anse Couleuvre, Anse Lévrier or Anse à Voile. It’s up to you to explore them.
The Anses du Nord hike will make you discover black sand beaches in idyllic settings. In addition to the beaches of Anse Lévrier and Anse à Voile, whose secrets I have already revealed to you, we are going in this article to the beach of Anse des Galets, which is more difficult to access in terms of time and physical condition.
This trail, accessible to the whole family (children over eight years old and depending on their physical condition) covers approximately 13 kilometers (round trip) with a positive drop of 350 m one way. You will have about 4 to 4.5 hours of walking (round trip) to discover this cove of black sand accessible only by boat or by this hike; You will have to go down the river of pebbles to reach this beach.
To access this hike starting from Fort-de-France (allow more than an hour’s drive), take the A1 towards the north of the island (Schoelcher, Case-Pilote). Pass several roundabouts and here you are on the N2. Continue on your way and pass the towns of Case-Pilote, Bellefontaine, Le Carbet then Saint-Pierre. Here you are on the D10 towards the town of Le Prêcheur. Pass the town, you will see indications for the Habitation Céron in particular. Follow the direction of Anse Couleuvre, you will take a concrete road made of many turns and gullies. Take them carefully as they can be quite rough to pass by car. At the end of the road, you will come to a small car park which can be quickly filled. If so, you are forced to turn around and park on the side of the road.
First tip: Leave early to arrive before 9 a.m. so you don’t have too much trouble parking nearby. Otherwise, you will have to park on the side of the road by turning around in the parking lot.
From the car park, directly on your right you will see the information board for the hike to the Cascade Couleuvre. Ignore it and move forward to cross the river. At the next fork, turn right and go up towards the information panel.
Les Anses du Nord : Anse des Galets.
Here you are at the start of the Prêcheur – Grand’Rivière hiking trail, which you can also find on our website. Take advantage of this slight climb to gradually dive into the hygrophilous vegetation. After about thirty minutes you will already have a magnificent panorama on your left.
A few more minutes of effort and you arrive at a new junction, indicating the direction either of the town of Grand’Rivière or of Anse Lévrier.
Magnificent panorama of Anse Couleuvre before the fork
Take the path on the right towards Grand’Rivière.
The path continues to climb slightly and you arrive after 15 minutes of walking in front of a new fork. Also continue on the right path. If you go down, you reach Anse à la Voile.
The course is less steep and you advance little by little towards your only obstacle. This is a section where you will need help with the rope to avoid any accident.
You will see this sign warning you of the danger. You will have a slight portion to cross on the edge of the trail. Take your time and your precautions.
Obstacle to cross with the help of the rope if necessary
After passing, the path continues in the forest with slight views at times through the branches of the trees, towards the Caribbean Sea.
After a good hour of walking, here you are in the ascent of Morne à Lianes.
Arriving at the top of the hill, you can enjoy a magnificent panorama.
Continuation of the course, the path descends by meandering in the forest to the ravine of Galets.
At this identification post, turn back this path and take the path that goes to your right if you missed it before coming across this post (on your left). An imposing mango tree is located next to this path.
Now sink into the vegetation and walk along or cross the river to reach the cove.
River des Galets
Here you are at the end of the river, you hear the sound of the waves crashing on the beach.
Cross the vegetation behind the beach to find yourself alone in this cove and enjoy the magnificent setting. It’s time to dive in to refresh yourself from this long walk and consider a possible nap to relax.
Very little frequented (possible bivouac), you will have the chance to have a little corner of paradise for you.
To discover now!
|In terms of advice,
Ø Traffic in Martinique: During the week, you will face traffic jams around industrial or commercial areas, especially in the morning, in the direction of the South (Rivières Salée, N5) to the North (Fort-de-France, A1) and from the East (Robert, N1) to the North (Fort-de-France, A1), from 7 am to 9.30 am, and vice versa at the end of the evening from 5 pm to 6.30 pm. Think about your trip the day before in order to adapt to this traffic which can be dense and easily waste time.
Ø Equipment: Good pair of sneakers that grip or hiking shoes, hiking stick, sportswear, hiking bag (knife, flashlight, headlamp, k-way, swimsuit, mosquito repellent, cap, goggles sunscreen, sunscreen).
– Difficulty: 7 out of 10, fitness walking with positive gradients over long distances, possible with a baby carrier for the more adventurous or with children over 8 years old (depending on physical condition). The heat can make this hike very sporty.
– In normal times, always start the hikes at the earliest in the morning after it’s up to you. The daytime heat during minimal sporting activity can become quite stifling. This hike has the advantage of being in the shade of the forest.
– Go at your own pace and plan the time you will need based on your physical condition.
– Most important, always a bottle of water per person and something to snack in your bag. With the heat, all fairly physical hikes can be dangerous with fatigue. Provide several bottles of water given the walking time.
Miscellaneous: You can take the Cascade Couleuvre trail, take a swim at Anse Couleuvre. You can also take the road again, visit the Habitation Céron and see its Zamana (most beautiful tree in France of the year 2016).
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