Just back from hiking Morne Anglais. It was a great day for it; blue skies, dry weather and uninterrupted views. This is looking northwards along the west coast of Dominica. You can make out villages such as Morne Prosper, Laudat, and Cochrane and, in the background, you can see Morne Diablotin. Though you can’t see it clearly enough on this photo, we could also see Guadeloupe.
The trail is quite difficult to follow in places so you will need a guide. The main problem is fallen trees and other such debris. Sometimes the track just disappears when this happens and you have to figure out a way around and then get back to it again. If you don’t know the terrain up there, this can be a little disorientating. With steep drops on either side of the ridge, you have to be careful where you wander. I think plenty of guides know the route (Octave Joseph, Khatts, and probably quite a few of the others I’ve suggested in the book).
At the top you’ll see PV panels used by Dominica’s ham radio enthusiasts – please don’t use them as a seat!
The views are fabulous. On a clear day like today you can see northwards as far as Diablotin and even Guadeloupe; westwards you see Roseau and the coastline up to Layou; southwards you have Grand Bay and Pichelin, and to the east you can even see Delices. On the way up there are a couple of great viewpoints with views to Bellevue Chopin and across to Morne Micotrin and the Freshwater Lake.
Try and get up there if you can. It’s a good one.