Shark’s Valley Trail

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

Special features: Family and dog friendly

Goal/purpose of trail: Scenic

Length: 6.2 km

Time required: 4.5 hours

Difficulty rating (exertion): 7/10

Elevation: 390m down to sea level

Terrain difficulty (technical): Walk and no steep climbs

Path Surface: Smooth solid

Path type: Single file

Wildlife (animal/vegetation): Some game/birds

Way markers: Wooden arrows / cairns

Safety: Safe but heed warning

Amenities: Swim and sea

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 hike through an impressively deep valley. A gentle beginning along the ridge, then leading down to a tunnel through wild mango (not the edible fruit). Criss-crossing over one of the Island’s only constantly flowing streams, through stands of yams, wild celery and other vegetation. The walks takes you to a great bit of coastline at the bottom.

The valley is referred to as ‘Shirks Valley’ in the Archives from 1694 suggesting that its name originally had nothing to do with sharks but perhaps more to do with people who did not work very hard!

There is a 17th century saying about St Helena, “The way is such that a man may choose whether he will break his heart going up or his neck coming down.” Very old maps of St Helena – from the 17th and 18th centuries – suggest that either Sharks Valley, or Deep Valley further to the west, was called Break Heart Valley. There is also a Break Neck Valley on the other side of the Island close to Jamestown.

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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