Since the husband is working from home, lunch breaks entail a short hike and so we decided to hike towards the Cape D’ Aguilar battery which we recently got to know about.
Difficulty: 4/10 because it’s short but this is not a hike for beginners
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes only down to the battery and back up.
- 1939: Constructed as an Emergency battery by the Royal Navy which was completed in July.
- 1939: Armament: 2 x 4″ BL Naval guns.
- 1941: 2 x 4″ BL Naval guns. Destroyed by crew on withdrawal 19th December on account of Japanese invasion.
You will still see, two gun emplacements, a battery command post, searchlight emplacements, magazines, ammunition bunker, observation posts, and pillboxes. ( as mentioned on the board near the structure)
The views around the battery were fantastic too.
We decided to head as the husband had to get back to meetings. So we headed back the same way.
We came out opposite the fir trees. We decided to walk a bit further to get a drink from one of the village residents who sell colas, coconut water, ice cream etc.
Post that, we turned back to get to the bus stop, booked an Uber and got home.
This was an exciting hike!! Not suitable for beginners but if curiosity gets the better of you, give it a try.
If you do take your dogs, I suggest you keep them on a leash as Cape D’Aguilar has a lot of vehicular traffic and there are stray village dogs along the way. Child friendly ~ if you can manage with your child and feels he/she enjoys getting their hands dirty then you can, but care must be exercised as the last 20 odd meters is not easy.
The climb down to the battery is approximately 600 meters which is not easy but absolutely worth it!
If you wish to do an easier hike try this one;
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