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St Helena on the Move with Walking Festival 2016

St Helena’s annual Festival of Walking is underway! There is no better way to explore St Helena than on foot so grab your walking boots and step this way.

The month-long programme includes walks to suit seasoned hikers and relaxed adventurers alike, including guided strolls around Jamestown.

This year’s Festival offers the opportunity to explore the island through 13 walks, ranging from easy to difficult. Eleven walks are completely free of charge, with the option to donate to various organisations. Two walks are offered by St Helena National Trust on request: tours of High Knoll Fort and Wirebird tours.

The peaks

A number of the walks are Post Box Walks. Devised by the St Helena Nature Conservation Group, the Post Box Walks offer spectacular views and routes that take hikers through a startling array of environments and microclimates.

The programme features visits to favourite Island spots including Diana’s Peak as well as an opportunity to join the St Helena Nature Conservation Group on a challenging eight mile walk coast to coast, from Sandy Bay Beach to the Landing Steps, Jamestown via Lemon Tree Gut, taking in Francis Plain and the road above the Heart Shaped Waterfall.

Chanelle Marais from St Helena Tourism joined the Lot’s Wife’s Ponds walk last weekend, saying:

“With Lot’s Wife’s Ponds being one of the most popular walks on the island, it is not surprising that this past Sunday’s walk attracted the largest group of participants so far during this year’s Festival. More than 30 walkers set off from Sandy Bay in perfect conditions – bright sunshine to enhance the contrasting colours of the ocean against the arid coast line, and a refreshing breeze to ease the summer heat.

“Descending along a rope over the last rocks down to the ponds was a daunting experience for some, but they were soon rewarded with a dip in the pools where the abundant sea life provided entertainment for young and old.

“On their return to Sandy Bay the dusty but happy hikers agreed that this walk had been a highlight of the festival and remarked on David Pryce’s skills as a competent and knowledgeable walk leader.”

Lots Wifes Ponds walk

For the most up to date programme click here.

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