The Barn Trail

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

Special features: Superb views

Goal/purpose of trail: Scenic

Length: 10.5 km

Time required: 5 hours

Difficulty rating (exertion): 8/10

Elevation: Start at 530m; down to 400m; then up to 616m

Terrain difficulty (technical): Uneasy walk

Path Surface: Rocky

Path type: Single file and two-track path

Way markers: Wooden arrows and cairns

Safety: Safe but heed warnings

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:

This is one of the most challenging post box walks. It has short sections of path on steep ridges that are narrow with loose stones and gravel that are difficult to traverse. It is best left to more confident walkers. It is a very satisfying walk, with views over the whole island, to one of the most impressive geological features of the Island, and quite an achievement! Some slopes of loose earth and stones to traverse, some clambering over rocks, and quite a long walk in the beginning past the wind farm along graded gravel road. Of interest is the occurrence of the   indigenous Wirebirds.

Beware, the top can become enveloped in mist, making it hard to follow the path. Do not attempt to do this walk in poor visibility, wet and misty, weather conditions. It is advised to make use of a guide.

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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