Flagstaff Trail

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Trail Format: Cul-de-sac

Special features: Spectacular views

Goal/purpose of trail: Scenic

Length: 6 km

Time required: 45 minutes up – 30 minutes down

Difficulty rating (exertion): 2.5/10

Elevation: 530 m at the start, to 700 m

Terrain difficulty (technical): Walk / stroll

Path Surface: Graded gravel /  Sandy and single file

Path type: Single file and two-track path

Way markers: Wooden arrows

Safety: Unsafe cliff at Post Box

Amenities: Picnic table at Post Box

Emergency contact: 25213

Trail authority contact: +290 22158

Guide contact: 24161

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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.

Basic Trail Description and special attributes:

A walk along a graded gravel road through pastureland, scrub and trees, with great distant views over the Island on a clear day across Deadwood Plain; once the site of a Boer Prisoner of War camp and now the most important site for the endemic Wirebird. Look out for this plover-like bird running and occasionally flying in the grassy fields.

The road runs through the Island’s wind generating turbine electricity site. At the end one comes across two most impressive views over the majestic cliffs. There is a sheer drop down to the sea at the Post Box.

Deadwood Plain was one of the first parts of the Great Wood to be cut down, supposedly getting its name from the resulting number of dead tree stumps.

The first 2 km is along a tedious graded gravel road after ascending via foot path leading straight up the hill to the vantage points. There is a picnic site just before the Post Box.

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 = negligible / absent)

SCENIC BEAUTY: 

1 2 3 4 5

VARIATION / DIVERSITY IN LANDSCAPE: 

1 2 3 4 5

SPECIAL FEATURES:  

1 2 3 4 5

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