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It’s Festival of Walking 2014

The biannual Festival of Walking started on St Helena this week, which is a fortnight’s programme of walks to suit every walker; whether a beginner or seasoned hiker.

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The week started with a launch evening at the Consulate Hotel, which allowed walkers to mingle with walk leaders, ask questions about routes and most importantly sign up to participate. There was a good turn out and attendees commented that they had an enjoyable time.

This year a programme has been put together to include a larger selection of walks, including some of the popular Post Box walks.  All routes are suitable for all abilities and have been spread over three weeks.

A walk to South West Point kicked the programme off, led by Valerie Joshua. Despite a wet and muddy start to the route, walkers had spells of sunshine along the journey and were able to capture dramatic views of Manati Bay over to Speery Island and the Black Rocks.

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For those who would rather not travel “off the beaten path”, town walks are also available. Last Tuesday afternoon thirteen walkers took part in a walk through Jamestown led by Basil George.

Two visitors to the island, Alan and Barbara Wood, said the Town Walk was “A very good introduction to the history of St Helena and Jamestown.   I would recommend all visitors take it. There is so much to see in a small area.  Basil George was an excellent guide and he even slid down part of Jacob’s Ladder for us!”

There will be more walks happening over the next two weeks.

For further information about the walks available click here.

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