Lot Trail

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Environmental Character
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Trail Format: Cul-de-sac – Return by same path.

Special features: Geologic feature

Goal/purpose of trail: Scenic; cultural-historic

Length: 6 km

Time required: 3.5 hours

Difficulty rating (exertion): 6/10

Elevation: 700m down to 350m

Terrain difficulty (technical): Scramble

Path Surface: Solid

Path type: Single file

Way markers: Wooden arrows or cairns

Safety: Safe but heed warnings

Emergency contact: 25213

Trail authority contact: +290 22158

Guide contact: 24161

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Basic Trail Description and special attributes:

The path to Lot starts from the Sandy Bay Ridge and makes its way down into the bowl of Sandy Bay. Views of the Peaks and of Sandy Bay, across to Sandy Bay Barn and to Lot’s Wife, can be spectacular. There is a cable in place to assist clambering down the steepest section of path. It is a bit of a slog back up to the top of the Ridge.

Lot was formed in the same way as other landmarks such as Lot’s Wife and the Asses Ears (off to the south west). Around 7 ½ million years ago, during the Late Intrusive Phase of volcanic activity, lava filled the passages and cracks that had fed earlier lava flows. This later lava never reached the surface (hence it is called ‘intrusive’). Being underground, it cooled slowly, forming rock that is more resistant to erosion than the surrounding rocks formed by surface lava flows. Erosion of the surrounding rocks over the past 7½ million years has revealed these features made of ‘phonolitic’, pale grey rock.

A medium-length walk mostly along clear Land Rover track, but some overgrown vegetation to get through and a steep scrambling over rocks and loose earth.

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)


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