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Post Box Walks

St Helena has 21 Post Box walks designed by the St Helena Nature Conservation Group (SHNCG) as an opportunity to access and enjoy the wide variety of landscapes, natural and man-made heritage of the island. Dedicated to exploring St Helena since 1993, the SHNGC promote awareness of the flora and fauna of both the terrestrial and marine environment of St Helena.

At the end of each walk is a ‘Post Box’ that holds a notebook to write your comments in and a stamp that many use as a souvenir.  The distance of the 21 walks fall between 1.5 km – 12km, and time taken falls between 1hr 15 mins – 3 hrs 30 mins. It is always recommended to be accompanied by a guide.

Post Box Walks

blue point

Blue Point

Blue Point

This is a great walk around the area known as the ‘Gates of Chaos’, Blue Point walks you through heavy erosion revealing different colours of soil, just beyond Thompson’s Wood. Walkers will experience views of South West Point, Sandy Bay, Sperry Island, Castle Rocks and Black Rocks, this has become a very popular walk. Walkers can enjoy the incredible landscape views and the rehabilitation areas for island endemics Walkers will enjoy observe the seas as they might be able to spot whales, an activity many walkers have enjoyed.

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Elevation:

3 km

40 minutes each way

550m and 600m

Cox’s Battery

cox battery St Helena

Starting from the Millennium Forest, Longwood; Cox’s Battery feature great views of Turk’s Cap, The Barn, King and Queen Rocks and Prosperous Bay Beach.

You will see remnants of the wall surrounding the Great Wood, as well as the new St Helena Airport. Walkers will pass through fortifications at the entrance to Turk’s Cap valley.

There are no steep climbs, but walkers will experience sheer drops each side of the wide ridge that leads to the battery.

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Elevation:

4.8 km

45 mins to 1 hr return

430m and 280m

Dianas-Peak

Diana’s Peak

Dianas peak

The Central Ridge National Conservation area is home to one of the island’s National Parks, Diana’s Peak. Maintained and cared for by the St Helena National Trust, the three Peaks offer 360o views of St Helena and her incredible landscape, including a breath-taking view of Flagstaff and The Barn, two other great Post Box Walks. Walkers will trek over all three peaks: Mount Actaeon, Diana’s Peak and Cuckold’s Point. The Peaks are home to over 60 endemic flora and invertebrates. Details of these endemics are displayed along the walk trail.

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3.8 km

2.5 hrs round trip

650m up to 823m

Flaggstaff

Flagstaff

flagstaff

Flagstaff offers great views of the island and walks you through the Boer Prisoner War Camp and Deadwood Plain, a well-known home to the national bird, the endemic Wirebird. Deadwood Plain was one of the first parts of the Great Wood to be cut down, supposedly getting its name from the resulting number of dead tree stumps.

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6 km

30 – 45 minutes

530m up to 700m

great stone top

Great Stone Top.

Great Stone-top

This walk is a prime location to spot the Red Billed Tropic bird. The trail is located in the Levelwood area and is noted to be more difficult when climbing up to the Great Stone Top. This walk takes you past Little Stone Top and above Shark’s Valley, you can enjoy views of the SE coast from Great Stone Top, one of the highest sea cliffs in the South Atlantic.

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5 km

1.5 hours each way

370 m to 555 m

heart shape

Heart Shape Waterfall

Heart shaped Waterfall

Chosen as one of the 7 Wonders of St Helena by islanders, Heart Shaped Waterfall is one of the most iconic of the Post Box Walks. It is the closest walk to Jamestown and its location makes it one of the most popular walks. The walk can be slippery in places during the wet season. Stones and tree roots provide numerous trip hazards.

Distance:

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Elevation:

1.5 km

45 minutes each way

200m rising to 300m

Lot

Lot

Lot St Helena

Lot lies within the beautiful and iconic Sandy Bay Ridge and follows it down into the bowl of Sandy Bay. From here, you will see views of the Peaks over to Sandy Bay Barn and Lot’s Wife, three other Post Box walks around the island.

For safety its recommended not to be attempted in wet conditions, the ground of the steep slopes become very slippery

Distance:

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Elevation:

6 km

Average 1.25 -1.75 hrs

700 down to 350 m

Lots wife

Lot’s Wife’s Ponds

Lots Wifes Ponds

One of the most popular walks on St Helena, the Lot’s Wife’s Ponds walks you from Sandy Bay, past the iconic Lot’s Wife formation to the sea coast here you will find multiple pounds. This walk is accompanied by ropes as the trail takes you along narrow paths. The Post Box is located before you reach the ponds, you will climb down a rope to access the ponds.

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5 km

1.5 hours each way

370 m up to 494 m

Manati Bay

Manati Bay

Starting in pasturelands and continuing down to the coastal areas, walkers will venture down a path, once a donkey trail, past wild guava bushes and banana trees. The walk is more suited for experienced walkers. It can be quite gravelly on the slopes and not a good walk after heavy rains when the upper sections become muddy and slippery.

Distance:

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Elevation:

1.5 km

45 minutes each way

200m rising to 300m

high hill

High Hill

High-Hill

High Hill is composed of phonolitic rocks that were formed at a late stage in St Helena’s volcanic activity. This walk takes you through woodland up to the top of High Hill, where walkers will encounter spectacular views and the remains of an old signal station.

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2 km

Average 45 mins each way

560 up to 708 m

high peak

High Peak

High-Peak

High Peak is a short climb and holds beautiful views once walkers reach the top. Walkers can also spot endemic plants as they climb the peak. Walkers are also offered the option of a shorter route that takes them into a picnicking area below the peak top.  The Post Box lies at the top.

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1.5 km

1.25 hours

630 m – 789 m

lemon valley

Lemon Valley

Lemon Valley battery

A well-known and attempted walk is to Lemon Valley. Starting from the St Paul’s area and working your way to the coastal region, Lemon Valley is a great swimming camping and fishing area for those looking to spend a day out. The return climb up hill can be quite strenuous on a hot day.

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5 km

1 hr 45 mins each way

500 m to sea level

Peak dale

Peak Dale

Peak Dale

Peak Dale passes through flax, pasture and woodland along the hillside below the Sandy Bay Ridge, offering views across Sandy Bay. It is a great opportunity to see the last remaining ancient stand of endemic gum wood. Alternative routes are available. The walk can be made up of combining two routes with an extra 3.25 km along the road or leaving a car at either end.

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7 km

Average 1 Hr

700 m to 550 m

powells valley

Powell's Valley

Powells Valley

One of the most difficult of walks, Powell’s Valley takes you from the pastureland’s of Level wood and Sandy Bay, past two military batteries, down to the stark coastal valley. Those brave enough to attempt this walk can enjoy a quick swim if they take a second path to the left towards the bottom of the gut, where they will find a small pool.

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4.2 km

1.30 hours

560 m – Sea level.

prosperous bay

Prosperous Bay

Prosperous Bay

Prosperous Bay is a great coastal walk that takes you down the side of the valley past a series of picturesque waterfalls. At the end of the walk you will find a broad beach with pools for paddling and old military building remains. The path is actively eroding at the top of the valley and can be partially lost, particularly after winter rains.

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6.8 km

1 hr 30 – 2 hrs.

380 m to sea level

sandy bay barn

Sandy Bay Barn

Sandy Bay Barn

This walk takes place on the eroded edge of the Sandy Bay amphitheatre. From here, walkers will see views across Sandy Bay including its iconic Lot and Lot’s Wife features. This is an undulating walk with a short traverse along a steep-sided slope or a short climb to get up on to the Barn itself.

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6 km

Average 1 Hr

400 m to 510 m

sharks valley

Sharks Valley

Sharks Valley

This impressive deep valley is a great walk, however more difficult than most. Starting from Level wood, it is one of the only valleys with a constant flowing stream on the island, ending at the rocky valley mouth that opens to the sea, on route you will see banana trees and sightings of wild mangoes.

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6 km

1.30 -2 hours

390 m down to sea level

south west point

South West Point

South-West-Point

A relatively long walk through the rolling pastures, this walk has great views of Manati Bay, Sperry Island and the Black Rocks. You might also see a number of endemic Wire birds. This trail can also be accessed using 4×4 vehicles that can be driven all the way to the top of the point.

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7.5 km

1 hr 30.

530 m to 640 m

sugar loaf

Sugar Loaf

sugar-loaf

This walk can be taken from Rupert’s or Deadwood Plain, both routes offer a spectacular view and walkers can swim from the rocky beach at Banks’ when the conditions are calm. Most of the walk is above sea cliffs through dry coast-land with some narrow paths.

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12 km

Average 1.5 – 2 Hrs

272 m to 630 m

The barn

The Barn

Longwood_Barn

This walk is one of the most difficult and should only be attempted by the most experienced walkers. After Traversing Deadwood Plain, the route enters an area of impressive geological features ending on top of a huge volcanic bluff with panoramic views across the east end of the island.

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10.5 KM

1.30 -2 hours

390 m to 616 m

Thompson valley

Thompson's Valley

Thompsons Valley

This walks receives its name from the large rocks in the pastures at the top of the valley that are said to resemble tombstones. This walk takes you from green forests, across Ebony Plain and down to barren coastland. There is a relatively well preserved Martello guard tower, battery and canon and coastal defence.

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7.5 km

1 hr 30.

530 m to 640 m

Important Note

Walking on St. Helena is different, challenging and can be hazardous. Many of the walks are on steep narrow coastal tracks with loose surfaces.

Walkers should be aware of the dangers of cliff-side paths, uneven terrain, loose grit and stone, vertiginous heights and difficultly of following the route.

A mobile phone would also be ideal to carry as a mobile signal can be accessible on some of the walks.

Important Safety Points

The walks are not suitable for disabled people or those with mobility problems.

Always walk as a group with at the least one companion, especially on walks rated five or above.

Let someone responsible know where you are going and when you are expected to return. Take a mobile phone with you.

Take plenty of water, even on the simplest of walks.

Take a small snack.

Take care when scrambling over rocks, do not jump down from boulders, this can easily result in a twisted or broken ankle.

Do not attempt to take short cuts up or down cliff faces. Large rocks can be unstable and roll away from you.

Wear suitable footwear. Walking boots are recommended as they provide the necessary ankle support.

Take adequate sun protection and wear wide brimmed hat.

Please take your litter home.