Thompsons Valley Trail

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Trail Format: Cul-de-sac

Goal/purpose of trail: Scenic; Cultural-historic

Length: 5.6 km

Time required: 4 hours

Difficulty rating (exertion): 8/10

Elevation: 570m down to sea level

Terrain difficulty (technical): Walk with some steep slopes

Path Surface: smooth / rocky / slippery

Path type: Single file and two-track path

Way markers: Cairns

Safety: Safe but heed warnings

Amenities: Swim / 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:

The name of the valley, Thompsons, derives from the large rocks in the pastures at the top of the valley (above where the walk starts) that are said to resemble tomb stones (the original name being Tomstone).

The walk takes you from green forests, across ‘Ebony Plain’ and down to barren coastland. There is a relatively well preserved Martello guard tower, battery and cannon, and coastal defence wall. A long walk, with short sections of steep slopes to traverse and inevitably a long haul uphill on the way back There is no drinking water on the trail.

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 = neglegible / 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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