walking up Brimstone Hill

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Ive noticed on videos that it seems to be a steep incline to get a good view . How tough is it on someone who walks slowly and sometimes with a cane
Isle of Charlotte, NC
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If you're talking about literally walking up Brimstone Hill to the Fort, you'll never make it. (I say "you'll" never make it --- I know "I" would never make it and I enjoy hiking). If you're talking about moving around the grassy areas around the fort, this might present some challenges. If you're talking about moving around the fort itself, other than the hill leading into the entrance, it should be do-able.

We then spent an hour at Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park which sets atop a volcanic cone that is 800 feet high and offers 360-degree panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and neighboring islands. Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is a World Heritage Site. (There is an $8.00 entrance fee). The Fortress is indeed impressive. I could have easily spent 4 hours exploring this site.

More: http://www.lavasurfer.com/info/caribbean-secrets.html
Shelby county, outside of Memphis
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I say just take your time walking the stairs. I'm a plus size gal and I just didn't rush. I had to stop to catch my breath once,but once you reach the fort,it's worth the effort.
I still look in marvel at the photos that I took of Brimstone at least weekly. I have as my computer backdrop one of my photos of the fort.
St. Kitts is a stunning island and I want to return for another visit soon!!
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I do not use a cane to walk and I only got about half way up and decided not to go any further. I am 56 and have minor knee difficulties which sometime bother me depending on what I do. I doubt that you would be able to clomb the steps to the top. There is a lot to see if you do not climb the steps though, and well worth going there. It is amazing considering how long ago it was built. There is a short movie to watch in the visitors center.
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I am thinking of taking Thenford's tour but how do you contact him? Does he have an internet site or is it by e-mail? Also when do you pay before or after the tour?

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That's St.Eustatius in the distance!

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The steps going up to the citadel are long and sloping.

The 'flats' are anything like about 6 feet long.
before getting to 6 inch risers,
so if you take your time, you can get up there with reasonable facility.

Yes, it's a bit of a climb
but the configuration of this long sloping stairway makes it about as easy as possible
and the view at the top is something else -360 degrees all around!

Seldom-shown views looking inland

-and this is the inner courtyard of the citadel, up top!

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We took a tour with Ilva which was great. I'm not very fit and found the walk a bit of a chore as it was sloped steps, but it was worth it for the magnificent view. Take your time, although I don't recall railings.