Great North trail
La Desirade

Great North trail

Coastline and cliff
Embed this item to access it offline
Following the Great North trail is like taking a journey through the strata and geological eras which shaped the formation of the Désirade.

6 points of interest

  • Area of relaxation


    When coming out of the undergrowth, on the left, a carbet can offer a relaxing break.
  • Flora

    Mapou (birdcatcher tree)

    Large specimen of Grey Mapou, Pisonia subcordata, characteristic of plants adapting to dry conditions.
  • Geology


    A rainbow of colours is made by the rocks.
  • Flora

    Bay rum tree

    Bay rum tree (aromatic plant), Pimenta racemosa.
  • Viewpoint


    Sweeping view of the cliff and the sea.
  • Information board


    Information panels explaining local history and geography on the Great North trail.


Go into the undergrowth and begin the descent through the dry rainforest, following the yellow waymarkers to reach the coast.
Climb down to the rocky beach and walk along the coastline through the rocks for approximately 300 m (see the range of colours in the rock formations). Climb back up in the undergrowth on the left, up to reach a tufa (limestone) track. Turn left, passing the carbet, to reach the Chemin de Croix; then continue to the left to return to the starting point.
  • Departure : 100 m below the parking area, turn right into the undergrowth.
  • Arrival : point of departure.
  • Towns crossed : La Desirade

Altimetric profile


Be careful: steep descent
Do not take this trail if the sea is rough.

Information desks

"Beausejour", capitainerie, 97127 Désirade 90 84 61 39

Access and parking

Starting point : Lat : 16,312417 N - Long : 61,074587 W.
From Beauséjour, climb towards the chapel (Chemin de Croix).

Parking :

Small area of landscaped parking, 100 m above the trail departure point, in the bend of the road which leads to the chapel.


Report a problem or an error

If you have found an error on this page or if you have noticed any problems during your hike, please report them to us here: