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The St Helena Festival of Walking returns for seventh outing

There’s no better time to step out and enjoy St Helena’s diverse walks than during the annual Festival of Walking. This year marked the seventh St Helena Festival of Walking, which took place from 10 to 17 March. Mother Nature did her part in keeping the island’s landscapes beautiful and green by casting multiple showers over the week. Over eighty walkers, both islanders and visitors, took part in ten walks:

Blue Point

Arguably one of the most beautiful and colourful of the St Helena Nature Conservation Group (SHNCG) Post Box Walks, Blue Point demonstrates the island’s colourful volcanic rock and soil known as the ‘paint pallet’.

For more information on this walk, click here.

blue point

Plantation Forest

This year, Plantation Forest hosted a treasure hunt that challenged younger walkers’ understanding of the forest and things that grow there. There were ten clues placed around the forest that led participants back to the beginning of the walk, where many tried to spot the hiding tortoises of Plantation House.

For more information on this walk, click here.

plantation forest treasure hunt

Port to Port

The Coast to Coast walk was traded up this year for the new Port to Port walk. An event organised to raise funds for the St Helena Nature Conservation Group, Port to Port took thirty walkers from the newly built St Helena Airport to the port at Jamestown.  Only a select few braved the slippery Sugar Loaf section of the trail, whilst the others took the opportunity to be some of the first to walk along the newly built ‘Haul Road’ that connects St Helena Airport to Ruperts Valley.

port to port walk

Town Walk

The Town Walk is a treat that local tour operator Basil George offers for visitors shortly after their arrival from Cape Town. The walk starts at the Cenotaph and makes its way through Main Street past the Museum, Jacob’s Ladder, Castle and Castle Gardens; on a journey of history, culture, geology and genealogy.  Walkers ended the afternoon with a talk by Basil over tea and refreshments.

st helena town walk

King and Queen Rock

The King and Queen Rock walk was closed during the development of the Airport but the landmark has now been re-opened. Walkers were escorted along the runway to the start of the route and then through the rocks.

king and queen rock

Evening Stroll, Long and Short routes

An evening stroll was added to this year’s programme to help raise funds for the Kingshurst Community Centre in St Paul’s. The routes were:

Long route – Kingshurst to Scotland, Rosemary Plain, Southerns, Sunny Side to Kingshurst.

Short route – Kingshurst to the Fish Pond, Scotland roundabout to Kingshurst.

High Knoll Fort

To celebrate St Helena’s heritage, High Knoll Fort, one of the island’s most iconic landmarks was available for tours with the St Helena National Trust.

high knoll fort

Peak Dale

One of the less challenging Post Box walks, Peak Dale provides stunning views across Sandy Bay and its ridges.

For more information on this walk, click here.

peak dale

Lot’s Wife’s Ponds

Many rate Lot’s Wife’s Ponds as the most popular of the Post Box Walks and believe it to be one of the most challenging, but above all, rewarding walks.

For more information on this walk, click here.

lots-wifes-ponds

Plantation to Rosemary

Due to inclement weather the route was amended from the planned walk from Blue Hill, to a second trip along the Plantation Forest trail.  This walk progressed onto Scotland and through to Rosemary Plain. The highlight was a trip to Rosemary Gate’s coffee plantation, where walkers were served St Helena Coffee and snacks before being transported back to Jamestown.

plantatin forest to scotland walk

 

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