St Helena is a stunner!! This Atlantic thing is only getting better - first Namibia, now this!
I don’t know where to start.
We met up with the ARC again here and got to spend some time tripping around and partying with them. But ourselves and four other boats decided to take the route to Brazil via Ascension Island and Fernando de Noronha, rather than go straight to Salvador with the others. This gave us more time on St Helena and it couldn’t have been more welcome. I was in love with the place in an instant. A hikers paradise, with 21 Post-box walks (an English system where a stamp is placed in a post box on the walk for you to collect as you do the trails), the gentle giants of the seas - whale sharks to swim with, spectacular windy cliffside roads and views, Napoleon’s tomb and his last home, Jonathan the tortoise - the oldest living creature on earth, gorgeous English cottages and georgian architecture, plus Jacob’s Ladder of 699 steps to climb in the capital Jamestown, just to start with. I could easily stay months!
The most incredible underwater experience of my life to date - swimming with whale sharks (twice).
Jacob’s Ladder (the remains of a cable railway) is 699 steps straight up. The record (at the time of writing) is held by Graham Doig at 5 minutes, 16.78 seconds! More like 15 minutes for me - and I received a Jacob’s Ladder Certificate at the excellent little museum at the bottom of the steps!!
Napoleon’s last years were spent in exile here at his home - Longwood House, and Jonathan, the oldest living being today, still lives here at the Governor’s House.
Diana’s Peak Walk - absolutely stunning ridgeline walk complete with the red, or otherwise known as the blushing, snail found only in St Helena!
The Blue Point walk was an absolute favourite - with fog rolling in and out it was hard to capture - but this seacliff walk at the southern end of the island is a must do. As is the short and sweet High Peak Walk with its stunning views.
The first walk we did and clearly enjoyed, was the Flagstaff walk. I also loved the Heart Shaped Waterfall walk - despite the fact that there was no waterfall at the time - and its close by to the lovely buildings of Jamestown.