The East Coast Trail Guide is a digital trail guide and photo book filled with information about Newfoundland’s amazing East Coast Trail, including Father Troy’s Trail.
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Please don’t confuse the East Coast Trail Guide with the basic maps and trail descriptions that have always been available on this blog; those will remain available right here:
Father Troy’s Trail runs from Flatrock to Torbay.
Check the map for the following details:
- The trail is 8.5 km in length.
- The north trailhead is at the end of Wade’s Lane in Flatrock.
- The south trailhead is at the end of Spray Lane in Torbay.
- Check the map for designated parking areas.
This trail is a fairly recent addition to the East Coast Trail, before its inclusion it was locally known as Gallow’s Cove Trail. Whatever the name, it’s a great trail and I’ve hiked it many times over because I live so close to it.
The trail starts out at the base of the Beamer, a barren slab of rock that juts out into the Atlantic. On the Beamer you’ll find it’s not as barren as it seemed from a distance; yes it’s austere, but quite beautiful in its simplicity. At the ‘top’ of the Beamer you’ll enjoy a great view of the waves coming in, on a blustery day those waves can easily reach 6 metres in height.
After this ‘Beamer Lookout’ the trail veers south following the high cliffs to Church Cove where a sizeable colony of kittiwakes can be found. For the best views of Church Cove take the newly constructed Church Cove Loop but be careful, this trail passes through a steep field of fallen rocks where a set of stepping stones has been cleverly placed to accommodate only the most confident hikers. After Church Cove comes Whale Cove, a great spot to see the whales in summer as they gather in the bay below.
Once you’re done watching the whales you can rejoin the old trail to Torbay, which now runs along farmer’s fields and eventually brings you all the way to Torbay Beach, before ending at Spray Lane.
Scenic spots on Father Troy’s Trail:
- The Beamer in Flatrock is barren but beautiful, offering a number of vertical rock faces to enthusiastic climbers.
- The Church Cove Loop is a marvellous new addition to this trail.
- The view from Whale Cove is spectacular in summer, if you dare to peek over the edge.
Berries you can find on Father Troy’s Trail include cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, partridgeberries, crackerberries, creeping snowberries, blackberries and chuckley pears.
Photos and stories featuring Father Troy’s Trail:
- Lion’s mane jellyfish - August 2016
- Dive bombing gannets - July 2016
- Running with humpbacks - June 2016
- Winter stars in Flatrock - February 2016
- Torbay iceberg sunrise - May 2014
- May snow? - May 2014
- Iceberg in Torbay - May 2014
- Iceberg in Whale Cove - April 2014
- Spring run-off waterfalls - April 2014
- Snowy hills of Torbay - December 2013
- Torbay Cows - October 2013
- Farm at the end of the rainbow - September 2013
- Repairs at Tappers Cove are finished - June 2013
- Three common gulls - June 2013
- Spring-busy - April 2013
- Repairs at Tappers Cove - February 2013
- Frosty sunrise - November 2012
- Fall weather - October 2012
- Father Troy after Leslie - September 2012
- Father Troy’s Trail in June - June 2012
- An iceberg in Torbay - May 2012
- Father Troy’s Trail: within walking distance - May 2012
- Tropical island - December 2011
- A walk on Father Troy’s Trail - October 2011
- Angry birds - July 2011
- Father Troy draws blood - June 2011
- Flatrock to Torbay - May 2011
- Short & Sweet: 7 easy hikes - April 2011
- A wintry walk on the Beamer - March 2011
- Kittiwakes on Father Troy’s Trail - March 2011
- Wave watching - January 2011
- Deadmans Hike - December 2010
- Father Troy’s Trail - December 2010
- New Trails - October 2010
- Blueberry skies - August 2010
- 2010 Perseids over Newfoundland - August 2010
- Free as a bird - July 2010
- A Wildlife Walk - July 2010
- Late moonrise - June 2010
- 5 x East Coast Trail - June 2010
- A walk to Tappers Cove - January 2010
- Torbay to Flatrock - December 2009
- A walk in Torbay - November 2009
- 4 kids - November 2009
- Big Waves in Flatrock - October 2009
- Week 27: Dazed and Confused - July 2009
- Starstruck in Newfoundland - June 2009
- Fieldtesting a new lens - May 2009
- Victoria day at Flatrock - May 2009
- Spring comes to Flatrock - May 2009
- Icebergs ahead - April 2009