Cox’s Battery Trail

Trail Description
Environmental Character
Difficulty Rating
Safety and Risk management
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Trail Format: Cul-de-sac – Return by same path.

Special features: Superb views

Goal/purpose of trail: Scenic; cultural-historic

Length: 4.8 km

Time required: 2.5 hours

Difficulty rating (exertion): 3/10

Elevation: 430m down to 280m

Terrain difficulty (technical): Walk and no steep climbs

Path Surface: Smooth solid with rocky section

Path type: Single file and two-track path

Way markers: Wooden arrows

Safety: Safe but heed warnings; unnerving drops on each side of ridge

Amenities: Picnic at end

Emergency contact: 25213

Trail authority contact: +290 22158

Guide contact: 24161

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Basic Trail Description and special attributes:

A medium length of 4.8 km that ends in good views of Turks Cap, The Barn, King and Queen Rocks and Prosperous Bay Beach. There are no steep climbs but there are sheer drops each side of the wide ridge leading to the battery which can be unnerving. Care should be taken.

The fortifications at the entrance of the Turks Cap Valley were constructed by the local inhabitants, apparently at their own expense, in 1734 well after the departure of the Dutch and Portuguese.

Across the valley, just up from the valley floor, can be seen ‘Cornelian hole’ surrounded by whitish spoils of this small, now abandoned, semi-precious cornelian mine.

A detailed description of the location of the trail appears in the booklet “A description of the Post Box walks of St Helena”, issued by the St Helena Nature Conservation Group and the government of St Helena.

Subjective QUALITY GAUGE of the trail. (A value of 5 = excellent / dominant feature, and 1 = neglegible / absent)


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