Bog Walk -


On the crossing of the rivers Thomas, Rio d'Oro and Pedro you will find Bog Walk, one of the oldest villages of Jamaica.

During the colonial period it was an important stop on the road from north to south.
The name Bog Walk is derived from the Spanish words Boca de Agua which means water's mouth. It is not known when the Spaniards entered this area of the island though they had an active involvement up to the time of the conquest of the Island in 1655.

In the 1660s, after the British occupation, the Bog Walk Gorge or Rio Cobre Gorge was discovered by Carey Helyar.

The Parish Church of St. Thomas-ye-Vale in Bog Walk was built in 1675.
During the anticipated French invasion of 1805, all the public records of Jamaica were deposited in the Parish Church of St.Thomas-ye-Vale in Bog Walk under militia guard.

In 1770 the first road was cut through the Gorge. The road takes a limestone canyon where the walls tower upwards: bare rocks miraculously covered with luxuriant tropical plants.

The first bridge, connecting both sides of the gorge, was of wood but was later, some time in the 18th century, replaced by the Flat Bridge, one of the most famous bridges in Jamaica.

The Bog Walk by-pass is thronged with citrus vendors. When you have to wait for the stoplight it is no need to die of hunger. From all directions tropical fruit is offered to you.