Post Box Walks
There are 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. Each walk has a personal rating by the SHNCG ranging from easy to hard, and will take you from the highest point on St Helena, to the lower coastal regions. 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.
A book entitled ‘A Description of the Post Box Walks’ was written by the SHNCG to accompany walkers. This book gives detailed descriptions of the walk location and the walking trail. These books are on sale in the Tourist Office in Jamestown.
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The 21 Post Box Walks
Walking on St. Helena is different, challenging and can be hazardous. Many of the walks are on steep narrow coastal tracks with loose surfaces. Our walks on island are rated out of ten for their effort and terrain, being 1 = easy and 10 = difficult.
Walkers should be aware of the criteria that give higher ratings: Cliff-side paths, uneven terrain, loose grit and stone, vertiginous heights and difficultly of following the route.
We recommend that first time walkers on the island start with walks rated less than 5 to get a feel for the difficulty, timing and their own limits. For walks rated 5 and above a knowledgeable guide should accompany them.
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.