Idwal Hughes Nature Reserve
Walsingham Lane, Bermuda
Explore Tom Moore's Jungle at Walsingham Nature ReserveWalsingham Nature Reserve, known by locals as Tom Moore’s Jungle, is 12 acres of mangroves, caves, and pools of deep blue water. Within this area is the 1.5-acre Idwal Hughes Nature Reserve. Go hiking and birdwatching through forests of greenery and moss-lined trails boasting Bermuda cedar and palmetto trees, flowering plants, and native wildlife.
There are several caves within the reserve that are linked under water and feature stalagmites, stalactites and crystal clear water. Blue Hole is the bluest of them all. Causeway Cave is formed by the waves of Castle Harbor and offers swimming and snorkeling. Sea turtles often hang out in this peaceful place.
The reserve’s nickname is an homage to the Irish poet Thomas Moore, who spent time in Bermuda in 1803. The calabash tree that he writes about was located on this property, but it was unfortunately destroyed in a hurricane several years ago. Walsingham is free to visitors and makes a great day trip or eco tour.