Step into nature s playground St Helena s Festival of Walking

Winona Griggs

Step into nature’s playground: St Helena’s Festival of Walking

Tucked away in the vast South Atlantic Ocean is a hidden gem that nature enthusiasts like me can’t resist. St Helena Island, a subtropical paradise overflowing with breathtaking cliffs, lush hills, and stunning ocean views, welcomes adventurous explorers like you to embark on an unforgettable journey – all on foot.

If you’re yearning for an action-packed getaway, this secluded British Overseas Territory offers a wide range of hiking and walking experiences that are as diverse as the island’s landscape. Here, you can witness coastal cliffs dramatically drop into the azure waves, while the mystical cloud forests hide mist-covered peaks and ancient plant life.

For adventure seekers like you and me from South Africa, itching for the next exhilarating escape, St Helena is the perfect destination with its much-awaited annual Festival of Walking. Be sure to mark your calendars from November 2023 to March 2024!

A myriad of hiking adventures

Hey there! Are you a fan of exploring new places by foot? Well, St Helena’s got just the thing for you! They’ve got trails that offer amazing views and cater to all types of walkers, whether you’re a serious hiker or just a casual stroller.

So, what can you expect when you hit the trails on this beautiful island? A whole lot! St Helena has a wide range of hiking trails that take you through breathtaking landscapes. And the best part? Many of the stunning viewpoints can only be reached on foot, so you’ll really get to experience the island’s hidden gems.

St Helena has twenty-one amazing nature trails, each with its own unique charm. They’re called “Post Box Walks” because at the end of each trail, you can get a special souvenir stamp! How cool is that? These trails vary in difficulty, ranging from 1.5km to 12km. So, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, there’s a trail that’s just right for you. Some are easy-peasy, while others are a bit more challenging with steep inclines. But don’t worry, no matter your fitness level, you’ll find something that suits you.

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Hey there! I’ve got the scoop on the Post Box Walks, something you can enjoy any time of year. But let me tell you, there’s something extra special about experiencing them during the Festival of Walking, surrounded by fellow nature enthusiasts.

Let’s dive deeper!

If you’re the kind of person who loves delving into a destination’s natural wonders and cultural stories, then you’re in luck! The Festival of Walking offers guided group hikes on specific routes known as the “Walk of the Week”. During these hikes, you’ll be joined by local experts who will share their knowledge, giving you an even richer experience.

As you trek along, avid walkers and conservationists will enlighten you about the unique plants and animals that call St Helena home. There’s a world of stunning endemic flora and fauna waiting to be discovered on this young island. And it doesn’t stop there! Historians will regale you with tales of the island’s past, including stories about the plants, animals, and ancient fortifications that can be found along the Post Box Walks. They’ll take you back in time to 1502 when the island was discovered, and then guide you through the centuries of bustling trade routes that shaped its history. It’s like walking through a living, breathing history book!

Let me tell you about a few of the amazing Post Box Walks you can go on.

This walk is a bit challenging, but it’s pretty easygoing. It will take you through a forest up to the top of High Hill. When you reach the summit, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views and the remains of an old signal station.

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Another popular walk on St Helena begins in Sandy Bay and goes past the famous Lot’s Wife rock formation. The trail then leads you towards the coastline. At the end of the walk, you can reward yourself by floating in natural rock pools filled with sea water. It’s a great way to take in the stunning coastline. Just keep in mind that this walk has some narrow paths, so ropes are there to help you along the way. You’ll even need to use a rope to climb down and reach the pools.

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