Diana’s Peak, one of the most popular Post Box walks, has an incredibly endemic-rich ecology. At 823 meters, it is the highest point on the St Helena, providing incredible views of the island on a clear day. Diana’s Peak has a 5/10 effort and terrain rating for the hour and a half walk. Diana’s Peak is situated between two other peaks, Mount Actaeon and Cuckold’s Point.
High Peak has a 3/10 effort and terrain rating, and the elevation changes by only 100m over the 1.5km walk. Sheer slopes line the edge of the path at points, and vegetation has grown over the path in others. High Peak is on the south-west of the island, on Sandy Bay Ridge. Lots of endemics can be found along the walk.
With a 4/10 terrain and a 3/10 effort rating, High Hill is a steep but relatively-easy Post Box walk. A trek up phonolitic rock leads out to the windswept top of High Hill. The walk is 2km, and on average takes 45 minutes up and 30 minutes down. Watch full walk.
Cox’s Battery has an effort rating of 3/10 and a terrain rating of 2/10, but has some steep drop-offs. The walk takes 45 minutes there and an hour back, and has an elevation change of 430 down to 280m. The walk is rocky, with views of the Paint Box, the police firing range and stunning geological features around Turk’s Cap at the end of the walk.
The St. Helena plover (Charadrius sanctaehelenae), locally known as the wirebird, is the island’s last surviving endemic land bird. Wirebird Monitoring Officer Denny Leo, who is typically aided by just one team member for 11 months of the year, said the species is categorized as ‘vulnerable’ on the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds' (RSPB) endangered list. Although the St. Helena Airport was built on the wirebird’s main habitat, the bird has so far adapted well to other areas of the island.
At 7.5km, South-West Point takes an hour and a quarter each way. The walk, found beyond Thompson’s Wood, provides dramatic views of rolling pastureland, and the occasional sheep keep walkers company on the trek. The walk has a 3/10 terrain rating and a 4/10 effort rating.
On St. Helena, Maundy Thursday is the day before Good Friday. Many get the afternoon off work so they can begin fishing, while some chose to instead fish at night. Catches are traditionally used for Good Friday fish fries the next day.
Peak Dale is one of the island’s easiest walks, with a 2/10 terrain and a 3/10 effort rating. The 7km walk, beginning near Blue Hill, is spotted with fern, eucalyptus and gumwood. The walk provides stunning views of Sandy Bay on clear days, and a Jurassic-Park feel when it's cloudy. If you walk the whole loop, expect to spend 45 minutes walking out and an hour walking back.