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Cupers Cove to Salmon Cove
Into the Interior
“The earth is excellent good”
The Height of Land and Beyond
“Faire woodes and great Champion ground”
On to Trinity Bay
Mount Eagle Bay
Crout’s Way Today

From Salmon Cove Crout could have taken one of two routes into the interior. He might have travelled along the banks of South River and through the valley on the south side of the ridge known locally as Biddy’s Mountain or he might have followed North River into the interior through the valley on the north side of that ridge. However, if he took the latter course he would have needed a boat to cross the mouth of South River and Clark’s Beach Pond. Since he makes no mention of a boat and gives the impression that the entire journey was made on foot, we assumed that he must have moved inland along the south side of South River to where the nineteenth-century farmstead called Drogheda stands today. A river valley cuts through the ridge just north of Drogheda and provides access into the interior. According to local tradition, this route was used for this purpose in the not too distant past. A number of local people have told us that they have heard stories of Indians from Trinity Bay arriving at Drogheda through this valley. Some stories say that they were Beothuk, others that they were “Micmac”. It should also be mentioned that the cliff on the south side of Biddy’s Mountain just east of Drogheda is known locally as “The Indian”.

  The climb from Drogheda through the valley and up the ridge is steep but on a clear day the view from the top of the ridge, known as the Whale’s Back, is truly breathtaking. To the northwest the hills and cliffs on the south side of Trinity Bay, about fifteen miles (24 km) distance, can be plainly seen although the waters of the bay are not yet visible. Hopeall Head lies almost due northwest from the Whale’s Back and it seemed to us that our band of explorers probably set their course to the northwest and headed in that direction. They would have known that Trinity Bay lay that way and that by going too far to either the west or the north they might risk missing it. So, this is what we did as well.

Images (from left to right, top to bottom) 1. Walking west along the South bank of South River. 2. Looking north across South River towards Biddy’s Mountain. 3. Entering the valley at Drogheda. 4. The view from the Whale’s Back.