Bell's tunnel

Bell's tunnel near Lunenburg, NS


This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
1 km
1 hour
difficult
Hiking
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Lunenburg, NS
User Benlalonde
NOTE: from user RespectfulBob (see comment below). The following description is out of date; I know the situation first hand because I have been there, sometimes daily for months, over the last decade. The cliff face has fallen away at several places recently and has become very difficult to get down and back up. The route described is now sheer and I was unable to do it.

The access route is also not available. The road, Rose Ridge, is a private road developed and maintained by the owners of the properties along it. The road does not lead to any public land; there is a sign at the head of Rose Ridge stating "Private Property". All of the properties along the cliff are privately owned as is the property in which Bell's Tunnel is situated. The property owners are not open to granting access because of liability issues.

I do hope that most Trailpeak members have a respect for private property and would not behave in the manner which Crankywitch did.

*** private property: this hike is no longer accessable.

A short hike to a piece of history near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. This hike will take you to what is called Bell’s Tunnel; this is a gold mine adit set at the bottom of some pretty vertical cliffs near the sea ovens nature park.

Setting off from the dirt road, you enter a white spruce forest and quickly navigate a gentle slope down to the cliff’s edge. Close to the cliff, you will hit some game trails running parallel to the cliff. You can spot an old rock wall set up at the edge of the cliff with lots of quartz material close by. I ended up going down the cliff to the left of this rock wall. There is an area where the whole cliffs is about 6ft lower than the rest of the forest but is wide enough to accommodate a couple of people. At this point if you look don the cliff, you should be able to spot a few large rocky and square looking outcrops that will act as giant steps. A bit of bouldering is required here as you are at least 25 ft off the ground.

Once you hit the sea floor, turn to the right and follow the bottom of the cliffs and you might not need to get your feet wet if you go at all times other than high tide. There is one sharp corner to jump across about 3ft of water but that’s it. Looking down the cliff sides you will not see the tunnel entrance until you are right in front of it. It goes in about 6m and branches into a Y of only a few feet each.

i've put this hike as difficult because of the cliff...but you could also paddle there and then it would be easy!


Directions:

Highway 332 towards Rose Bay. Turn on Feltzen south Rd and turn right on Ovens Rd and then turn right on Rose Ridge Rd. Park approximately at 44.315765° , -64.271101° and head downhill…..

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By CrankywitchPosted By: Crankywitch  - Wed Sep 23 08:48:11 UTC 2015 Not Rated Upside I posted a reply to this and either it got deleted of didnt post, regardless... I did not trespass as I stopped when I seen the signs so that is a lie. You dont know me so keep your judgements to your self respectfulbob. Also future trail blazers the cave is still in pristine condition dont believe everything you read, you can still get to this cave via water or just to have a look. You can still see the dynamite holes in the rock.
By RespectfulBobPosted By: RespectfulBob  - Fri Sep 11 19:55:21 UTC 2015 Not Rated Comment The information provided about this trail is out of date. I know of this first-hand because I have been here frequently during the past decade, sometimes daily for weeks. The cliff face has been falling away in places and the trail described is now sheer; I could not make it down.
Also, the access route is not available. Rose Ridge is a private road developed and maintained by the property owners; Rose Ridge does not lead to any public property. There is a sign at the head of Rose Ridge which reads "Private Property". All the property along the cliff is privately owned, as is the property on which Bell's Tunnel is situated. The property owners are not open to granting access because of liability issues.

I do hope that most Trailpeak members have respect for private propertry, and would not behave in the manner Crankywitch did.
By CrankywitchPosted By: Crankywitch  - Mon Sep 07 10:35:23 UTC 2015 Not Rated Upside I would also like to add that I do not believe access to cave is on this persons property but it is on another's further down. I also don't believe people "traipsing" through her property was or is an issue since she didn't even know anything about cave until we told her (my bad lol) but I was trying to ask for directions. I think it is just some old woman that has nothing better to do then try to be the fun police as we never even went on her property we only drove up the main road and she was on her gator following us being nosy. The cave or rock wall is also not collapsed and still looks exactly like this picture, I will take photo's next time we go.
By CrankywitchPosted By: Crankywitch  - Mon Sep 07 09:30:44 UTC 2015 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Beautiful cave. We launched canoe just down road from Ovens Park and took in all the caves :) so exhilarating! Downside Actually I was there yesterday and this cave is Not on your property as poster claims just hiking access to it, though because of your attitude we had to use the canoe to access it. Comment It is a beautiful cave and I highly recommend it. We will be going back for sure. Also I noticed a lot of properties for sale, good luck with viewing as this woman pretty much chased us out of the area and extremely ignorant.
By Brynbo.rowlandsPosted By: Brynbo.rowlands  - Sun Sep 06 13:59:33 UTC 2015 This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 1 out of 5 stars Comment This trail is on private property. Mine. And we do not appreciate people traipsing across our property. There is no safe way to get down the cliff now the rock has fallen in. Please remove this trail from this site.


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