Hiking The Middleham Falls
The 4th most popular hiking trail in Dominica.
Thursday 4 August 2016 05:56 GMT
Near Laudat next to Titou Gorge in the Roseau Valley, the trek to Middleham Falls is a 45 minute one-way adventure.
The trailhead is about 5 miles northeast of Roseau, just before Landat. Or, you can start in Cochrane Village above Canefield.
The trek to Middleham Falls leads into the heart of the rainforest. The falls are striking - a narrow stream drops about 200 ft (60 metres) from a keyhole notch in the lip of the cliff. Take time to strip down and brace yourself for a chilly dip! A shallow cave to the left of the falls makes a great place to sit and watch the action before diving into the water. Though there are two trails to Middleham Falls, the more popular trail begins off the Roseau-Laudat road. From the National Park Reception Centre, the trailhead is less than two miles from the falls. You start at 1,600 ft (490 metres) and climb to a ridge at 2,200 ft (670 metres) and then descend back down to the falls themselves. The round trip normally takes 2-3 hours, is relatively long and hilly, but the trail is not especially difficult. This hike can be done on your own. Consider a guide to ensure that you don't get hurt or lost. There is a trail junction 300m above the falls indicating an extension to the Stinking Pot and the village of Cochrane. The Stinking Pot, which is further on, is a cave that is the home of thousands of bats and gets its name from their droppings. One can either return back along the trail to the Laudat entrance or continue past the Stinking Pot for further to the village of Cochrane situated above Canefield
Overall, Middleham Falls is the 4th most popular hiking trail of all 7 hikes in Dominica.