Powells Valley Trail

Trail Description
Environmental Character
Difficulty Rating
Safety and Risk management
Hikers Feedback

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Trail Format: Cul-de-sac

Special features: Family and dog friendly

Goal/purpose of trail: Scenic; Cultural-historic

Length: 4.2 km

Time required: 3.5 hours

Difficulty rating (exertion): 8/10

Elevation: 560 down to sea level

Terrain difficulty (technical): Scramble

Path Surface: Smooth solid

Path type: Single file

Way markers: Cairns

Safety: Safe but heed warnings

Amenities: Picnic

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 good coastal walk starting off through woodland and greenery, past two old military batteries, down steps probably once carved out by soldiers, and descending within a large, stark coastal valley.

There is a great view from the batteries of a 15 metre wide volcanic dyke (a line of hard rock that resists erosion and therefore stands out) stretching from one side of the valley to the other; this dyke stops below the lavas of Sandy Bay Barn (across Powell’s Valley) and Long Range Ridge (this side of Powell’s Valley), showing that this intrusive volcanic dyke was formed before these later extrusive lavas, making it at least 7 million years old.

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


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