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➥ Walk West st helier to Grosnez ➥ Walk north Grosnez to rozel ➥ Walk east rozel to st helier ➥ Walk centre inland island
jersey Was made for Walking
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jersey Was made for eXPloring
For such a small Island – it’s only nine miles by five – it packs in an amazing variety of walking opportunities. Everywhere along the coast you’ll find gentle beach walks and spectacular cliff paths that take you to salty fishing harbours. Jersey’s woodland and hidden valleys are timeless and traditional, latticed with lanes and trails that lead to the green heart of the Island. And you can make your walks as long or as short, as comfortable or challenging as you like. There’s everything here from half-hour strolls to long distance around-Island coastal hikes.
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this guide will point you in the right direction. We have divided the island into four sections or walking ‘points’. each section introduces you to the kind of terrain you can expect, its wildlife and the places to visit en route. We’ve also included lots of information and walking tips to help you on your way.
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ten reasons enjoy WhyyoU’lljersey Walking in
1 green lanes
Jersey’s famous ‘green lanes’, found in all but two of the Island’s twelve parishes, are identified by a special road sign. Walkers, cyclists and horse riders love these tranquil, highly scenic byways. And – for once – walkers have priority, not the car, since the maximum speed limit is just 15mph (24kph). In other words - this 50-mile network of narrow, tree-lined lanes are a walker’s paradise.
In 1997, Jersey became the first Island to gain green globe status. There are many designated ‘sites of special Interest’ and four internationally recognised wetlands known as ramsar sites, covering the south-east coast and three offshore reefs. sand dunes dominate on the western coast along with le noir Pré, The national Trust for Jersey’s orchid field. Inland you’ll find lush wooded valleys watered by streams and reservoirs.
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4 Wildlife Watch
Best greeted on foot, you’ll meet our most famous resident, the Jersey cow, everywhere. red squirrels still live and thrive in the woods and the Island is a stopping-off place for many migratory birds. other residents include the green lizard and the rare agile frog (not found anywhere else in Britain). You may even meet the brown or olive toad that gives local residents their nickname, ‘Crapauds’ (a Jèrriais or Jersey-French word).
6 Warm Walks
The Island’s southerly location and its protected position in the Bay of st Malo result in an attractive, temperate climate that makes Jersey one of the warmest and sunniest places in the British Isles. In the warmer months walkers tend to head for the coast, tackling the cliffs and beaches. In contrast, the colourful and sheltered valleys, woods and scenic reservoirs provide an entirely different atmosphere in autumn and winter.
You’ll encounter Jersey’s rich and diverse history on paths and trails everywhere. Fort leicester and l’Étacquerel Fort, both located at Bouley Bay, were built to keep out the French. Further east is the Dolmen du Faldouet, an unusual neolithic (new stone Age) gallery grave. A rock outcrop on the north-west called le Pinacle has associations with pagan rituals. Elsewhere look out for the Island’s iconic Jersey round Towers and ghostly remnants from World War Two.
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2 coastal Walking
3 in the country
The Island is also renowned for its fifty miles of coastal walks. There are splendid views of guernsey, sark and herm from the north coast, and of France from the east. on the north and south coasts you’ll spot big differences. The north is rocky and rugged, with a curtain of spectacular 400ft/120m cliffs that slope to a south coast fringed by vast expanses of sand.
Jersey may be famous for its coastline, but the Island is also a rural paradise of green lanes and hidden valleys cloaked in wildlife-rich woodland. rozel Woods in the north-east is a firm favourite, while in the centre of the Island you’ll find places like Waterworks Valley and Fern Valley. Jersey Tourism also has a selection of pub walks that combine great walking with good food, heritage trails and parish trails.
5 two feet, four Wheels
At nine miles by five and with an excellent public transport network, the Island is easily accessible for walking with only a bus timetable as a guide. linear and circular walking routes are easy to put together. The local Connex bus service operates all year, and in summer there are additional ‘Island Explorer’ buses bringing even greater frequency and coverage, enabling you to link up services with added convenience.
Jersey suits all kinds of walking. If you’re ambitious try the ‘Around Island’ walk that can be completed with the aid of an os-style map over three or four days or as part of a guided group during one of Jersey’s two Walking Week Festivals. Fourteen ease of access ‘gentle Wanders’ have been created, catering for walkers with pushchairs or wheelchair users.
7 Walks for all
10 get yourself a guide
Jersey Tourism’s programme of escorted walking tours with experienced Blue Badge guides takes in the Island’s unique history, heritage, landscapes and seascapes – see the latest ‘What’s on’ guide for details. Best of all are the Island’s two annual walking festivals – the spring and Autumn Walking Weeks, with a huge choice of guided walks for all abilities.
discover BiG Bays and huGe headlands
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st aubin located in the Parish of st Brelade, st aubin is a harbour village with an abundance of pubs, restaurants and cafés.
st Brelade one of Jersey’s most popular bays with plenty of refreshment stops along the promenade. la corbière overlooking the magnificent lighthouse is the headland of la corbière. there is a restaurant, the corbière Phare and in the summer months, an ice cream van.
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to corbière and a dramatically located lighthouse, one of the island’s most famous landmarks. a protected area – so please keep to pathways. Jersey’s south coast is dominated by big, beautiful st aubin’s Bay. What’s more, it has a three mile sea wall and promenade linking st helier to the picturesque harbour village of st aubin, ideal for a leisurely stroll with plenty of beach cafés along the way. st aubin isn’t the end of the road. From here you have two options. the first leads along the old railway line (now a delightful tree-lined pathway) the second walk takes you along the harbour front and up the steeply winding hill, Mont du Boulevard, towards the noirmont and Portelet headlands. these headlands, covered by a mix of thick gorse, dwarf shrub heathland and lichen-rich grassland, command spectacular sea views. Portelet common is a 77-acre/31-hectare reserve rising 200ft/61m above sea level. its northern edge overlooks low-lying l’ouaisné common, where the habitat is quite different. sitting at sea level and separated from the beach by a sea wall, l’ouaisné is From here, you can take an exhilarating beach walk along sheltered, south-facing st Brelade’s Bay, one of Jersey’s best-known stretches of sand up on the headland west of the bay (above Beauport Bay) is les creux Millennium Park. What was once open farmland has been turned into a country park of around 110 acres/45 hectares with a diverse range of habitats including pasture and arable fields, acid grassland, woodland and coastal heathland.
the coastal strip of steep sea-cliffs along its southern border has wonderful views across to st Brelade’s Bay and Portelet common. Public access to les creux is good, with a network of footpaths across the park together with a section of the south-west coast cliff path from st Brelade to la Pulente. West-facing st ouen’s Bay, with massive sands stretching for over four miles, is possibly the island’s most dominant feature. the sand dunes backing the beach are worth a visit – but please wear suitable footwear.
the sand dunes appear flat but undulate and can be stiff-going on the legs! the bay’s sea wall is ideal if you simply want to enjoy the views or watch the surfers – and maybe stop at a café along the way. the north-west coastal headland known as les landes heading up to Grosnez Point and its ruined castle is largely coastal heathland with low-lying plant species. it’s firm going underfoot and easy to explore with a good network of well-defined paths – but it’s also exposed, so wrap up well when it’s windy.
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corbière lighthouse - seeing the light Enjoy a rare opportunity to see inside the famous lighthouse of la Corbière. Explore the dramatic headland with your guides and be entertained with tales of tides and shipwrecks, the building of the lighthouse, and the men who kept watch for over 100 years. Cross the causeway uncovered at half tide and climb up the spiral staircase to the lantern room to discover the intricacies of 19th, 20th and 21st century technology, and to enjoy spectacular views. for further information contact: jersey tourism 448877 (Booking essential) Please note: Walks last approximately 2.5hrs. easy - 2 miles (3.2km) with steps! not suitable for those ten years old and under.
short of it
the shortest and easiest routes can be combined to create a single, longer route. the path along the sea wall from st helier to st aubin is entirely flat and paved. it’s a leisurely stroll of about 3½ miles that can take a little less than an hour. continuing from st aubin to corbière via the old railway track adds a further 3½ miles one way. With only a shallow incline and five road crossings, it’s a most relaxing walk.
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st helier offers some great short walks too. Wander through the victorian central Market, then into the royal square and town church. Guided walks run throughout the year – pick up a copy of ‘What’s on’ for details.
A little destination all of its own, st Aubin is full of excellent places to eat, relaxing places to stay and interesting places to visit. This guide includes a stroll around the harbour and town and whether you visit by day or night, st Aubin will remind you that you’re here for a good time. Download a copy from our website (see page 42 for details).
the most challenging walking on this stretch of coast is between la corbière and les landes, taking in the cliff paths south and north of st ouen’s Bay.
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Portelet common supports some 125 plant species, at least 30 of which are considered to be highly significant. the dwarf shrub heath and heath-lichen-grassland areas are particularly rich in plant species. especially notable are the dwarf rush, sand crocus and early sand grass. other important species include green-winged orchid, heath pearlwort, all-seed, autumn squill and the Jersey sub-species of spotted rockrose. the cliffs on the edge of the common provide ideal nesting and roosting sites for sea-birds
Further west near corbière lighthouse, the dry coastal heathland of la landes du ouest – a site of special interest – is home to well over 100 plant species, some of which are extremely rare on the British mainland and are at the edge of their northernmost range in Western europe. early summer brings ox-eye daisy, thrift, sea Campion and the deep yellow flowers of prostrate broom. rarer plants include autumn squill, yellow-horned poppy and spotted rockrose. rabbits, mice, shrews and voles thrive on the heathland. the magnificently wild, sandy expanse of st ouen’s Bay dominates the western coastline. Backing onto the bay is the area known as les Mielles, which has a number of different habitats for wildlife including dunes and flat, marshy land. the latter, together with thick reed beds, surround la Mare au seigneur (st ouen’s Pond), Jersey’s largest natural expanse of freshwater. it’s a bird reserve and national trust site – from the hide you might catch sight of waterfowl or hear the constant song of the cetti’s warbler and reed warbler in early summer. another national trust site, le noir Pré, is located close to st ouen’s Pond. often known simply as ‘the orchid Field’, it consists of two wet meadows, le noir Pré, and the smaller le clos du seigneur. the site is one of the last remaining strongholds of the Jersey or loose-flowered orchid. three other orchids can also be seen – the
southern Marsh, common spotted and heath spotted orchids. during May and June, the meadows are a riot of colour, with the stunning deep purple of the Jersey orchids contrasting with the various shades of pink, through to white, of the other species. other notable wildflowers here include the ragged robin, yellow bartsia, parsley water-dropwort, common knapweed, square-stalked st John’s-wort and tufted vetch. a wide range of insects can also be seen in the meadows, especially butterflies. small mammals such as voles, mice and shrews attract predatory birds, including kestrels and Barn owls – and the rare Marsh harrier too. les Blanches Banques, south of les Mielles, is another site of special interest, with a wealth of floral diversity. at both ends of st ouen’s Bay rock pools and shallows amongst the rocky outcrops teem with marine wildlife. north-west of the bay, near les landes, the cliffs at Plémont are home to about a dozen pairs of Puffins. they have a short summer breeding season and by august have departed to spend the entire winter far out at sea.
the cliff faces here are hunting grounds for many birds of prey. look out for kestrels, peregrine falcons and swifts. offshore stacks and islets are home to colonies of gannets, guillemots, cormorants and shags.
the national trust for jersey
an independent and charitable organisation dedicated to preserving and safeguarding sites of historic, aesthetic and natural interest for the benefit of the island. established in 1936 the trust is now the island’s largest private land owner caring for over 130 sites. don’t miss the opportunity to visit a wide range of trust sites and learn more about the species, traditions and history of the island’s heritage and environment. a handbook of all trust land, properties and walks is also available to purchase from the national trust for Jersey or Jersey tourism. For further information 01534 483193 www.nationaltrustjersey.org.je
and waders, especially gulls. three species breed regularly – greater and lesser black-backed gulls and herring gulls. on the lower cliff faces, shags, oystercatchers and rock pipits can be seen at most times of the year. ravens will often appear in early summer and kestrels can be seen hunting the steep slopes for small mammals and insects. nearby l’ouaisné common is the last remaining site of the rare agile frog in Jersey. Please help its conservation by not disturbing its habitat and keeping to pathways.
the coastal heathland of les creux millennium Park is a fragile habitat that sustains at least 55 plant species including spotted rock rose, autumn squill and sand crocus. large numbers of butterfly and dragonfly species are found here, as well as declining numbers of green lizards. les creux’s two main mature wooded areas consist of english oak, holm oak, sweet chestnut and sycamore, with the occasional wild cherry, ash, planted pine and cypress. Field boundaries here are largely overgrown, the dense bramble and bracken providing nesting and forage for birds and small mammals.
The wide-ranging Jersey Museum explains the history, traditions and culture of the Island. Part of the museum is an atmospheric Victorian Merchant’s house. The award-winning Maritime Museum on the quayside celebrates Jersey’s association with the sea in an engaging and thoroughly entertaining manner. Elizabeth Castle, built on a rocky islet in st Aubin’s Bay, is accessible by foot on a low-tide causeway or by ‘Aquaduck’ ferry. Three exhibitions focus on its important role in Jersey’s history and at 12 noon daily, gunner gilman fires the castle cannon. The Central Market houses 36 market stalls in a splendid Victorian building, and nearby there’s the Beresford Market (or Fish Market as it is more commonly known). Both are justly popular for their high-quality produce and the atmosphere generated by their hard working stallholders.
The Channel Islands occupation society is a dedicated volunteer organisation that ensures that key sites from Jersey’s World War Two occupation are open to the public through the warmer months. some are located at noirmont Point. For details of all sites and opening times please see their website (www.ciosjersey.org.uk) or pick up a leaflet from Jersey Tourism.
This was the first lighthouse in the British Isles to be built from reinforced concrete. The tower is 62ft/19m high and the lamp 119ft/36m above high water spring tides, enabling it to be seen from the horizon at 18 miles. The lighthouse can be viewed as part of specially arranged guided tours. For details contact Jersey Tourism or see My space.
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st Matthew’s Church, or the glass Church, is famed for its stunning lalique glass work. The church is located on la grande route de st Aubin, on the inner road adjacent to the playing fields. It is easily accessible from the sea wall by crossing the dual carriageway and cutting through Coronation Park.
The harbour gallery and studios is one of the Island’s leading arts and crafts centres, with galleries, original painting, sculpture, textiles, photography, designer fashion, Jersey Woodturners, working artists’ studios and regular exhibitions. st Aubin, bustling with restaurants, cafés and waterside pubs, is a very popular destination for lunch and dinner. A detailed guide to this picturesque harbour village can be downloaded from www.jersey.com. (see page 42)
st Brelade’s Bay
The Fisherman’s Chapel, adjacent to the Parish Church at the western end of the bay, dates from the 12th century and is partly constructed from stones from the beach (look out for the limpet shells on the interior walls – and the medieval wall paintings). It’s one of Jersey’s most picturesque churches.
st ouen’s Bay
la Caumine à Marie Best, or the ‘White hut’ in the middle of st ouen’s Bay, was a guardhouse and powder magazine built in the 18th century. now owned by The national Trust for Jersey, it can be rented for picnics and overnight stays, and often houses temporary art exhibitions. Three Jersey defensive towers – la rocco, Kempt and lewis – are a feature of this coastline. Kempt Tower now serves as an interpretation centre for the area and is open to visitors in summer.
located alongside the racecourse on the north-west tip of the Island, ruined grosnez Castle was once an important Island stronghold. It relied for its defence mainly on the precipitous cliffs that almost surround it. Far-reaching views from these cliffs take in the other Channel Islands and the huge swells of the Atlantic ocean.
see page 42 for details of how to download the walking maps.
the MaGnetic north coast
grève de lecq the most accessible and popular of the north coast beaches. there are several cafés and pubs in the area. Bonne nuit Bay located in the centre of the island’s north coast, Bonne nuit is a small fishing harbour with an excellent beach café. Bouley Bay another small north coast harbour with a pub and a café.
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it’s little wonder that you’ll find some of the finest walks in Jersey along the north coast. the scenery is wild, the terrain ruggedly beautiful with steep heather and bracken-clad cliffs that soar high above perfect little bays like Plémont, Grève de lecq, Bonne nuit, Bouley and rozel. there’s an away-from-it-all feel to this peaceful stretch of coast, which contrasts sharply with the busier southern side of the island. and there’s more good news for walkers, for a coast path runs continuously between Grosnez in the north-west and rozel in the north-east. Plémont is the sandiest bay, accessible only by steps. at high tide access is restricted to surfers and boats. there is a lane that descends steeply into the bay; this narrow road links up to the access to the cliff path closer to the coast. the path offers superb views along from end to end. at grève de lecq, the old barracks have been carefully
transformed by the national trust for Jersey into the north coast information centre and a small military museum. this stretch of coast east of the bay, rising steeply behind the Prince of Wales hotel, is one of the most challenging in the island – but take heart, for with height comes spectacular views. you’ll then skirt an area called crabbé, where rifle and clay pigeon shooting takes place, so stick to the path and obey any warning signs. Further east there’s more national trust land – le col de la rocque – which leads down into devil’s hole. this dramatic natural feature, a north coast highlight, is a collapsed cave which has paved access
almost down to sea level – a great place to watch the sea swells and wildlife. Just east of devil’s hole is the stunning Mourier valley, in which lies hidden a small reservoir stocked with trout. the stream from this ‘pond’ becomes a high waterfall on reaching the coast, plunging into a chasm before running into the sea over a beach of huge rounded boulders. the coast path then ascends to sorel Point, the most northerly tip of the island with glorious views over the dangerous Paternoster reef to the isle of sark. to the east you’ll see the massive workings of ronez Quarry and, further in the distance, the normandy
coast. if by now you’re in need of refreshment, take a short detour to les Fontaines tavern, a converted farmhouse on the main coast road. Wolf’s caves is the next landmark. Just before it you’ll be climbing up a steep set of steps past les salines, where salt was produced by the evaporation of the sea. a very steep path leads down to Wolf’s cave, so-called by the over-imaginative victorians to attract tourists – so great care should be taken, and please note that the caves are not accessible at high water. Bonne nuit Bay is another picture-postcard gem. it’s also the perfect spot for a break at the little
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relive the legend...
The Black Dog of Bouley Bay
Many years ago, the people of trinity talked of a huge, black dog, with eyes the size of saucers, that roamed the cliff paths round Bouley Bay dragging its chain behind it. the sound of the chain would frighten people so much that they would stop in their tracks only to be caught by the dog. the dog would then circle its victim at great speed in order to terrify them further. no bodily harm was ever done to the victims but they were usually found cowering against a hedge in a state of shock after their encounter with the Black dog. due to this, the slightest mention that the dog had been heard was enough to send people hurrying back to their homes. But did the dog ever exist, or did smugglers make him up, so that scared parishioners wouldn’t see them landing secret stores of brandy and tobacco? it is still said that if you do see le chien de Bouley, there will be a storm. does the dog still roam the cliff paths?
rEMI CourIArD’s (BluE BADgE guIDE) FAVourITE sTrETCh oF ThE norTh CoAsT.
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café on the harbour’s edge overlooking the pier, a small fleet of fishing boats and leisure craft. don’t miss the local crab sandwiches and homemade cakes. separating Bonne nuit from Giffard Bay is a prominent headland crowned by the napoleonic la crête Fort, a Jersey heritage property that can be rented for holiday accommodation – what a place to stay! Between Giffard Bay and rozel the coast skirts les Platons, at 469ft/143m the highest point on the island, before reaching la Belle hougue view point. then it’s down the steep path and steps leading to les rouaux and la colonbine. the speed of the tide swirling around the edge of the cliff is so fast it seems like river rapids, especially on a big spring tide (another remarkable feature of the island is its huge tides, up to 40ft/12m – some of the highest in the world). the footpath continues to le Petit Port and the memorial to captain Philip ayton who died leading a small group of commandos on a reconnaissance mission at christmas 1943. they visited a farm at the top of the hill to gather information about German strength in the island before returning to their submarine when an accident happened. take the track up the hill through egypt woods, and turn left to keep the sea on the left. you’re slightly away from the coast, but it’s a clear walk down into the cove of Bouley Bay, reached via steep
steps with views into the valley. there’s a café and hotel – not forgetting the Black dog pub, whose name recalls Bouley Bay’s smuggling past and legends of a giant dog with huge teeth and eyes like saucers ready to seize any strangers foolish enough to be passing on the night of the full moon. the final stretch of path reveals more of Jersey’s rugged coastal beauty before ending at rozel Bay. the rozel Bay pub will tempt you (especially in winter when warmed by roaring log fires), as will the legendary hungry Man café on the harbour – the perfect full and final stop to this savagely beautiful stretch of coastline.
les Écréhous which can visited by boat is nothing more than a few little rocks sticking out of the water with small huts huddled together at high tide, but as the tide drops an amazing 40ft (12meters) in six hours an Island of rocks, gullies and sand banks nearly half the size of Jersey appears. les Pierres de lecq (the Paternosters) is an extensive reef uncovered at low tide, lying off the northwest coast of Jersey. With one of the largest tidal ranges in the world, sometimes exceeding 12 metres, only four heads are exposed at high tide. the Plateau des minquiers is a reef surrounded by crystal clear water, situated 12 miles off the south coast of Jersey. The Minquiers is a natural sanctuary for wildlife including a wide variety of seabirds and even a couple of grey seals.
devil’s hole statue
Following a shipwreck in 1851, when the ship’s figurehead washed up in the Devil’s hole, a statue of a devil adapted from the figurehead was set up above the hole. This wooden statue was replaced by a succession of modern versions in the 20th century.
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Grosnez to rozel
PUffin’s nest in the cliffs at PlÉmont
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about 15 miles of path connect Grosnez to rozel. it’s one of Jersey’s most challenging routes – and also amongst the most satisfying. With its stunning coastal scenery, tiny sheltered harbours and charming refreshment stops, you’ll have a real sense of achievement and satisfaction when you’ve taken it all in. But you don’t have to go the full distance all at once. the alternative is to chop it up and tackle different sections on different days. the public bus service provides a great way to do this. Buses depart from st helier to points on or close to suggestion:
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the north coast – so it’s easy to hop off and on, completing shortish sections as you wish. all you need is a map and a bus timetable.
available free of charge from the connex information office at liberation station or at Jersey tourism’s office just off castle street. alternatively simply text the bus stop code (displayed on the road) to 66556 and find out when the next few buses will arrive at your stop. opposite stops at the same location have different numbers depending on the direction of travel. Bring your binoculars, for this rugged shoreline, with its crevices and rocky outcrops, is home to many sea-birds. Fulmars, cormorants, shags, herring gulls, black-headed gulls, black-backed gulls and oystercatchers can be spotted anytime of the year with the numbers swelling in spring as birds come ashore to nest. Meadow pippets, kestrels and linnets are amongst other birds you’ll see frequently. in spring, you might catch a glimpse of a dartford warbler flitting
between gorse bushes. le col de la rocque headland is a fantastic birdwatching spot, look out for peregrine falcons, regularly seen hunting along the north coast. if you’re around Bouley Bay at dusk you may see pipistrelle bats hunting for insects over the wooded valley. the sea is rich in marine life, with many species of fish, lobsters, crabs, sea urchins and starfish. you’ll need to go diving to see them (Bouley Bay is a good
location), though you may be lucky enough to catch sight of dolphins, grey seals and basking sharks from the cliff path.
take bus number 8 to Plémont, walk five miles to devil’s hole and return to st helier on a number 7 bus.
set in the grounds of a handsome 18th-century Jersey granite farmhouse, la Mare Wine Estate produces award-winning wines and Jersey Apple Brandy as well as preserves and chocolates. There are ‘genuine Jersey’ tours and tastings daily that include the vineyards, winery, distillery and chocolate factory. There is an attractive restaurant and estate shop. Devil’s hole is also known as le Creux de Vis, ‘The screw-hole’. The French name ‘de Vis’ possibly became altered to ‘Devil’ by English-speaking visitors. Whatever the case, this spectacular natural feature is certainly an intimidating sight, especially on a stormy day when the waves crash into the gloomy sea cave. A ship’s figurehead, washed up here after a shipwreck in 1851, was adapted and carved into a statue of the devil and erected above the hole. This was replaced by a succession of modern versions in the 20th century, the most recent being relocated in a pond near the Priory Inn at the start of the path down to the hole.
la Crête Fort is an early 19th-century fortification that was converted into a private retreat for the Island’s lieutenant governor. spectacularly located on an isolated headland between Bonne nuit harbour and giffard Bay, it’s now a self-catering holiday let (available from www.jerseyheritage.org). gréve de lecq Barracks (see entry in this section) together with Fort leicester and l’Étacquerel Battery (just west and east of Bouley Bay respectively) are also former military buildings available as self-catering from Jersey heritage. Famous author, naturalist and broadcaster gerald Durrell founded the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust nearly 50 years ago with the mission to save endangered wild animals from extinction. Durrell’s park is the Trust’s international headquarters, playing a crucial role in this mission. over 1,400 mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians live here in 32 acres/13 hectares of beautiful gardens and parkland.
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durrell Wildlife conservation trust
World famous Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust’s mission is to save species from extinction. Founder gerald Durrell, inspired an army of conservationists both at the Jersey headquarters, and worldwide. Durrell has 81 projects in 18 countries and is responsible for helping to bring back over 26 species from the brink of extinction. ya kwanza the western lowland gorilla, is our silverback gorilla and is a very impressive sight weighing in at 235kg!
gréve de lecq
gréve de lecq Barracks were built for garrison troops stationed in Jersey when the fear of napoleonic invasion was at its height. The Island’s only surviving barracks, they are now in the care of The national Trust for Jersey and are open to the public May to september. le Moulin de lecq, now a pub and restaurant, was one of Jersey’s ancient watermills – parts of the mill date from the 12th century. It has the largest waterwheel on the Island, something that came in handy for the germans when they requisitioned it in the war years to generate power for their searchlight batteries.
st John’s Millennium stone stands west of sorel Point. It is one of 12 granite standing stones excavated locally and erected in each of Jersey’s 12 parishes in 2000. Bonne nuit Bay. Both ‘Bonne nuit’ in French and ‘Bouonne niet’ in Jèrriais (Jersey-French) mean ‘good night’, referring to the shelter sailors could rely on by overnighting in the harbour.
st Martin is a quintessentially rural parish, with delightful woodland paths and sheltered bays. rozel is one of Jersey’s most picturesque bays. With its cafes, restaurants, hotel and pub it’s the perfect lunchtime venue for hungry, thirsty walkers. The Parish also has a pub at its heart, the royal hotel, st Martin in the village and is a another popular place to get waylaid at lunchtime. Keep an eye out for Dolmen du Couperon near le havre de scez beach and la Coupe, a small headland topped by a little tower.
see page 42 for details of how to download the walking maps.
MoonWalks and seaside strolls
st catherine the breakwater arm at st catherine’s Bay stretches out to sea for just over 640 metres. there is a café at the shore end of the breakwater. gorey the medieval castle of Mont orgueil stands above the small harbour and is illuminated at night. there are plenty of cafés, pubs and restaurants along the harbour. havre des Pas there are a variety of pubs, cafes and restaurants along the promenade at havre des Pas. it is also home to the victorian swimming pool.
rozel to st helier
Beyond rozel the island’s rolling fields and farmlands meet the sea in a series of cliffs and rocky bays along an east-facing coast that’s sheltered from westerly gales. unlike in the previous section (see Grosnez to rozel) there is no coastal footpath as such, though an intricate network of country lanes and roads allows plentiful access to the shore. rozel Bay (see previous section for details) and le scez harbour, about ¾ mile to the east, are two tiny, exquisitely pretty bays separated by a headland where a neolithic (new stone Age) dolmen still stands. Fliquet Bay, just around the headland from le scez, is Jersey’s closest point to the French coast, some 14 miles away – on a clear day you’ll see the fishing ports of carteret and Portbail. Fliquet Bay is separated from the broad sweep of st catherine’s Bay by an immense half mile breakwater. it should have been even longer. the breakwater was part of an ambitious
plan, never completed, to create a large deepwater harbour strategically close to the French coast. Walk its entire length for exhilarating lungfuls of sea air, and stop off at the busy little breakwater café afterwards. as part of the grand plan, a sister breakwater should have been built at archirondel a mile or so south – the site is marked by a red tower. along the bay there are attractive picnic stops and ½ mile south-west of the breakwater there’s the rnli inshore lifeboat station, sited beside a white Jersey round tower. as an inland diversion, head south from the station
and turn right for st catherine’s Wood, otherwise known as rozel Woods – see My space in this section for more details. Following the coast road, you’ll soon reach anne Port, thought to have been the roman harbour of antium, one of their names for the island. on the far side of the bay the large bare rock jutting out over the sea is called le saut Geffray or ‘Jeffrey’s leap’, a punishment rock from which criminals would be pushed by the executioner. Jeffrey failed to
succumb on the first attempt and is reputed to have offered to jump again, perishing as a result. the next landmark, commanding the headland above Gorey harbour, is possibly Jersey’s finest. Mont orgueil Castle is a giant of a fortification, built in a series of defensive steps overlooking the royal Bay of Grouville. From here, the coast road leads back to st helier through the parishes of Grouville and st clement.
rozel to st helier
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Walk on the sea Bed
Come along on a moonwalk, so called because of the lunar-like landscape at low tide and experience walking on the sea bed. Walk the gullies and gutters, cross sand bars, rock pools and discover Jerseys’ very own wilderness area. revel in the stillness and expanse of an area that is covered twice a day by the ocean. To ensure your safety, enjoyment and to leave little trace on the environment, all ‘moonwalks’ are strictly limited to a maximum of 10 people. for further information contact: ➧ Derek hairon ➧ 07797 853033 / 853138 ➧ firstname.lastname@example.org ➧ www.jerseywalkadventures.co.uk
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it may be tarmac all the way (apart from when you can walk along the beach), but the views are spellbinding. south of Gorey harbour, as you walk along the beach or edge of the common you pass the royal Jersey Golf club. the square tower is known as Fort henry, built by Marshall conway, Governor in the late 18th century (he was also responsible for Jersey’s numerous round towers). heading across the parish boundary into st clement you’ll come across no less than five of these towers, built to defend this vulnerable stretch of coast. nineteen survive from the original thirty, some now converted for domestic use. the most famous is seymour tower, a mile or so offshore from the la rocque headland at the southern end of Grouville Bay (look out for the seymour inn and seymour slipway). it was built on an islet called l’avarison, and named after edward seymour, duke of somerset, who constructed the first tower there in the 1500s. the French landed here on 6th January 1781 and made their way into st helier, scene of the Battle of Jersey. said to be Britain’s last land battle, it was the final time the French made an attempt to take the island.
seymour tower is iconic in other ways too. it stands amongst a strange, complex coastline of low-lying reefs and rocks extending westwards to st helier’s doorstep, a lunar-like seascape that could well be the biggest rock pool in the world. it is made doubly unearthly by the fact that this vast reef system disappears beneath the atlantic ocean twice daily a consequence of Jersey’s massive tides, at 40ft/12m some of the highest in the world. its importance is reflected in its status as an internationally recognised ramsar wetland site. the good news is that it is not a no-go area for walkers. in the company of an experienced guide you can explore its gullies, rocks, sand bars and rich maritime life at low tide on a ‘Moonwalk’ – a Jersey speciality. But don’t be tempted to go it alone! you can even stay overnight at seymour tower on the ultimate Moonwalk. Back onshore, the last stretch of coast into st helier is lined with residential housing. it’s an attractive route that’s flat and paved, but if you want to give it a miss you can always hop on a bus back to st helier – or head inland and explore st clement’s rural byways.
these walks take place during the daytime and due to the speed the tide rises, you should not venture into this area unless you have local knowledge.
how to find rozel Woods?
rozel to st helier
mont orgUeil castle gorey Pier
st catherine’s Wood
rozel to st helier
Wildlife it short of
a linear walk of about six miles starts at rozel, takes you through st catherine’s Wood and onto Gorey. it packs in a variety of scenery, coast and country. While the terrain won’t trouble walkers, directions might. take a detailed map (the 1:25 000 official leisure Map is ideal) to make sure you don’t take a wrong turn down one of the little lanes. if you want to extend the walk, go via st catherine’s Breakwater then into the woods. alternatively try the four-mile
Watching the the long and the
circular route from Gorey harbour, which initially follows the B30 (st Martin’s road) with a short detour to la Pouquelaye de Faldouet prehistoric site (see en route for details). From the elevated section of the route there are views of the Jersey and normandy coasts. the route then heads south to Queen’s valley reservoir and back through Gorey village returning at the harbour. it’s a short walk that gives a little taste of a lot of Jersey.
you can’t miss it...
Mont orgueil castle, Jersey’s most iconic building. the castle dates to the 13th century and was built to defend Jersey from the French when king John lost control of normandy to king Philip of France.
opening times summer: open daily from mid March to early november, 10.00am - 6pm (last admission at 5pm) Winter: open only Friday, saturday,
st Catherine’s Breakwater is an ideal viewing point for seasonal species of birds. Grey herons, oystercatchers, turnstones and the occasional little egret may be seen sifting for food in the rocky gullies beside the breakwater.
st catherine’s Wood (rozel Woods), where a valley has been cut by a watercourse, is rich in flora and fauna. it’s one of the largest natural environments open to the public in Jersey. you’re likely to see and hear songbirds such as song thrushes, blackbirds, finches, tits, chiffchaffs, collared doves and wood pigeons.
sunday and Monday from 10am to dusk.
if you’re lucky you’ll also see bottlenose dolphins. For the best sightings take a boat trip, the dolphins often shadow smaller vessels in these waters.
red squirrels were introduced in the 1890s, their population in Jersey stands at around 400. they also live in woods and other areas around the island.
Wildflowers and plants flourish both in the woodland and on the shore. sea spinach grows prolifically along the coastal walk between st catherine’s and archirondel, the Jersey fern thrives on hot summers and wet winters amongst the rocky banks, and ‘three cornered leek’ (stinking onion) is abundant along the hedgerows. yellow flag irises and purple foxglove provide a riot of colour in springtime.
les Écréhous reef
This granite reef six miles off the north-east coast expands at low tide by about 80%, revealing a stony, lunar-like landscape and crescent-shaped shingle bank. Boat trips run to the reef in the warmer months – it’s an idyllic, magical spot, and also good for bird and seal watching.
mont orgueil castle
Built in the 13th century to protect the Island against the French, this jewel in Jersey’s crown is one of the best-preserved castles in Britain. In substance and situation, this is a castle on a theatrical scale. And the theatre continues within, where exhibits and audio visual shows bring to life Mont orgueil’s compelling history.
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discovery Pier (marine interpretation centre) rozel Woods
At 65 acres/26 hectares, these are the largest area of woodlands in Jersey. The area, also known as st Catherine’s Wood, is a haven for wildlife and protected as a designated site of special Interest. It includes a large wet meadow where a small flock of sheep have been introduced to increase woodland biodiversity.
located near the end of gorey harbour, the centre focuses on Jersey’s rich marine life. Its interactive displays will introduce you to the sounds of the sea, the feel and touch of aquatic objects, and the fascinating world of tides and rock pools inhabited by marine creatures.
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gorey Village is home to the famous Jersey Pottery, sold in many countries around the world and in department stores like harrods and Fortnum & Mason. It’s one of the Island’s most visited venues. In addition to the large shop there are demonstration areas, a café and restaurant.
le dolmen du couperon
Couperon is a gallery grave with a long chamber surrounded by a ring of 18 outer stones. Dating from 3250-2250 BC, it was restored in 1919. It is located at the end of la rue du scez overlooking the harbour at le scez.
st catherine’s Breakwater
Constructed over five years from 1847, it was part of a grand plan to create a harbour for the British Admiralty. The harbour was never completed leaving the breakwater and sea walls, along with the stub of the southern arm at Archirondel. But it does have its uses – it’s popular for walking and angling, and has a popular café.
This neolithic (new stone Age) passage grave, 16ft/5m long, has a large capstone on the end chamber weighing around 24 tonnes. It is located inland north-west of gorey harbour.
gorey harbour and the village
The picturesque harbour and pier set beneath imposing Mont orgueil Castle is lined with hotels, bistros, pubs and shops. The village itself, a short distance south-west of the harbour, has a friendly little shopping centre, pottery and narrow streets of fishermen’s cottages built for the oyster industry of the early to mid-1800s.
Queen’s valley reservoir
This large reservoir, west of gorey Village, contains over 260 million gallons of water. Its arboretum makes it an especially lush and safe habitat for a wealth of wildlife. The entire shoreline can be explored on a circular path of almost two miles.
and along the coast…
other points of interest on the way from gorey to st helier include the royal Jersey golf Club, the round tower at le hocq, and green Island, a sheltered beach and suntrap complete with café.
see page 42 for details of how to download the walking maps.
Green lanes and country Walks
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the interior of the island has a combination of woodland, arable land and the mineral rich grazing land that provides both the pasture for the world-famous herds of Jersey cows and that special flavour to Jersey’s other famous export – the Jersey royal. there are a good selection of hotels which offer refreshments to non residents and each parish has at least one pub!
Walkers are often surprised – and delighted – by Jersey’s rural charms. away from the coast there’s a green and inviting landscape of valleys, woods, lakes, lanes, villages and hamlets. of Jersey’s 12 parishes, three truly embrace this rural heartland. From west to east, the parishes of st Peter, st lawrence and st saviour arch their way through much of the interior. st Peter can claim to have initiated Jersey’s ‘green lane’ scheme. the post-war population explosion brought more cars and increasing congestion. When commuters began using the island’s narrow rural lanes as rat-runs, a parishioner in st Peter suggested reducing speed limits to just 15mph. With states approval, the Green lane system was born, drivers having to give way to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Geographically, st Peter comes in two halves. in the west there’s high ground with far-reaching
views across st ouen’s Bay and the atlantic ocean, while elsewhere the parish is characterised by wooded lanes and valleys. st Peter’s valley, for example, is amongst the island’s most attractive. clothed in luxuriant woodland, much of it in the care of the national trust for Jersey, it threads its way inland from st aubin’s Bay (follow the a11). the valley is also home to le Moulin de quétivel, a restored working mill open to visitors on saturdays throughout the summer.
st lawrence, like st Peter, has two distinct sides. the north, peaceful and green, is landlocked and on high ground, while further south it becomes more developed as it reaches the sea at st aubin’s Bay. the parish is blessed with some of the island’s most beautiful lanes and unspoilt valleys. one of Jersey’s most distinctive landscape features is the Waterworks valley. don’t let the prosaic name put you off. this lovely valley, accessible by the c118 from the south coast, contains three reservoirs and lots of leafy glades ideal for walking – thanks especially to the many woodland paths to follow,
including a trail known as the Millennium Walk. at the northern end of the valley call into hamptonne, a living museum that recreates Jersey’s rural past. other attractions in st lawrence (and adjoining st Peter and st Mary) include the Jersey War tunnels and the national trust properties Morel Farm, le rât cottage and The Elms, the trust’s headquarters. all can be combined as part of a day’s walking itinerary – see page 42 for further information.
Green lanes and country Walks
To protect our quiet country lanes and to let users enjoy them in safety, Jersey has introduced an intricate network of 50 miles of country lanes. These designated ‘green lanes’ have a speed limit of 15 mph (24 km/h) with priority given to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. green lanes exist in all but two of Jersey’s 12 parishes (Trinity and st saviour) and can be identified by a distinctive ‘green lane’ road sign. Don’t miss the opportunity of walking at least a portion of the Island’s network of footpaths and lanes so as not to miss the real charm of Jersey – the attractions of its countryside and less frequented coastal stretches.
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head east and you’ll reach st saviour. although the most densely populated parish, most of the settlement is concentrated along the boundary with st helier, leaving two-thirds with green fields and pastures. the parish is the closest Jersey has to being landlocked with just a tiny stretch of coastline around 330ft/100m long! its western flank is marked by les Grands vaux, a long valley leading out from st helier to a reservoir. the walking here, in common with the rest of the parish, is mainly on country roads. lanes take you deep into st saviour’s countryside, past herds of Jersey cows and some beautiful old houses complete with Jersey arches. other notable attractions include the delightful howard davis Park in the south and, in the east, la hougue Bie, one of europe’s finest neolithic (new stone age) sites.
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val de la mare reservoir is in st Peter and st ouen. It’s open to the public and the picturesque 2.8 mile (4.5km) route around the reservoir is popular with walkers. Queen’s valley is Jersey’s biggest reservoir holding up to 260 million gallons of water. Today it is enjoyed by walkers and by freshwater fishermen. There are several walking routes around the reservoir, the full circuit is 1.9miles (3.1km). la maseline reservoir is in st Catherine’s woodland, also known as rozel Woods. The best vantage-point to enjoy this pretty woodland is from the small reservoir. not only are waterfowl present, moorhen in particular, but strikingly colourful dragonflies and damselflies constantly patrol the water during late summer.
Green lanes and country Walks
Green lanes and country Walks
Wildlife it short of
an excellent short walk of medium difficulty and about four miles one way takes in Waterworks valley and Fern valley. enter Waterworks valley from the southerly main road onto the c118 (off the a1), a defined footpath lines the early section of the valley on the right hand side and acts as a pavement, as cars use the valley too. Walk for a little over a mile past Millbrook reservoir, then look out for a right turn with the name la ruelle st claire, it’s a right turn off the c118 onto a footpath only 20 metres long before turning right, back on itself. your now walking on a gravel path under the trees.
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the next section of the walk is a short, steep climb up a gravel track (occasionally used by horse riders but mainly walkers) up to Mont cochon (B27). cross straight over the top and descend into Fern valley, at the bottom of which is an 11-acre/ 4.5-hectare wet meadow and stream, a national trust for Jersey gem forming a circular route, that’s a haven for wildlife. you’re now faced with another hill to the east, that takes you into a pleasant residential area called Mont à l’abbé, passing a local farm. From here it’s a mile, heading south, back to st helier. the route passes the main entrance of a school, haute vallée.
the states of Jersey 1:25,000 leisure Map is an ordnance survey style map of Jersey, it is printed on a2 quality print paper and is folded. the map is ideal for walkers of all abilities and highlights tourist and leisure information, roads and paths plus key landmarks. a variety of maps can be purchased from the Jersey tourism visitor centre and local book shops. an os-style map is recommended for those wishing to walk independently but to get the best out of Jersey’s routes book yourself onto a guided walk.
Most of Jersey’s woodlands are set in deep-cut valleys, carved by streams that play a vital role in woodland life. Willow scrub thrives on the marshy ground close to the water and a variety of broadleaved trees rise from the steep banks. Most of the common tree species are present including oak, ash, wild cherry and sycamore. strolls beneath this canopy may reveal members of Jersey’s thriving population of red squirrels, a shy creature at home in less disturbed woodlands.
in spring and summer woodland footpaths are edged with wildflowers. Bluebells, wood sorrel, wild daffodil and celandine appear in spring and later, as the sun gains warmth, herb robert, red campion and foxglove brighten the sun-dappled glades. ivy is prolific in these areas both at ground level and on mature trees, providing nesting sites and a source of food and shelter for a variety of woodland birds and insects. rabbit, hedgehog, wood mouse and common shrew share
the woodland floor. if you’re lucky you may catch a glimpse of the great spotted woodpecker.
eric young orchid foundation
Tucked away in the heart of Jersey is a tropical paradise housing one of the world’s finest collections of orchids. These rare and beautiful plants are displayed in naturalistic settings that showcase their extravagant and compelling beauty.
jersey War tunnels
The tunnels are another must-visit Island site. Within a vast underground bunker - worth visiting itself for its sheer scale - there are exhibitions, displays and ‘talking heads’ that movingly recall germany’s World War Two occupation of the Island.
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WATErWorKs VAllEY rEsErVoIrs
la hougue Bie
This amazing neolithic (new stone Age) site – the undisputed star of Jersey’s many prehistoric monuments – was used for rituals around 6,000 years ago. one of the largest and best-preserved passage graves in Europe lies buried within a huge mound topped by a medieval church. The site also contains a small museum, recreated neolithic house and encampment, and a german occupation command bunker
le moulin de Quétivel
Another national Trust property, this watermill is the only working mill left in st Peter’s Valley. It still grinds its own flour and there’s an exhibition tracing the history of milling in the Island.
Waterworks valley reservoirs
The three reservoirs here – Millbrook, Dannemarche and handois – can be seen as part of the st lawrence Millennium Walk.
the elms/le rât /morel farm (national trust for jersey)
The Trust seeks to restore, preserve and maintain Jersey’s built heritage. It currently owns 16 properties and cares for several other small buildings and historic structures in the island including The Elms, an attractive 18th-century farm complex at the top of st Peter’s Valley. st lawrence is home to Morel Farm, a ‘working farm’ and le rât, a typical small 17th-century Jersey house of which very few remain unaltered.
hamptonne, in the centre of the Island, is a true slice of Jersey’s agricultural past. It consists of a cluster of faithfully restored farm buildings including two thatched and furnished houses partly dating from the 15th century, a cider house, bakery, washhouse and stables.
Each year Jersey gold welcomes over 200,000 visitors to its world of gold and gemstones, set amongst the lion Park’s beautiful lake and gardens.
the living legend
The village contains a host of family attractions for all ages, including ‘The Jersey story’, an award-winning multi-media recreation of the Island through the ages, two 18-hole adventure golf courses and karting.
Pallot steam museum
There’s something to spark everyone’s interest amongst this fascinating collection of steam, motor and agricultural machinery, toys, domestic items, organs, railway memorabilia and nostalgic photographs.
This beautiful historic house is set in splendid gardens and grounds and is home to the Jersey rural life and Carriage Museum.
see page 42 for details of how to download the walking maps.
visit www.jersey.com/walking to download fully detailed walking maps. alternatively collect copies from Jersey tourism’s visitor centre.
Jersey tourism sells publications with detailed circular and linear routes of varying lengths. the following books contain walks of West, north, east and centre:
coastal Walks ➥ st aubin to l’etacq Parish Walks ➥ st Brelade Parish Walk ➥ st helier Parish Walk ➥ st ouen Parish Walk ➥ st Peter Parish Walk Pub Walks ➥ Breathtaking st Brelade’s ➥ Phare Far away ➥ tipsy Farmers round guides ➥ st aubin Past and Present
coastal Walks ➥ Bouley Bay to Gorey ➥ le Grand Étacquerel
to devil’s hole
coastal Walks ➥ Bouley Bay to Gorey Parish Walks ➥ Grouville Parish Walk ➥ st Martin Parish Walk ➥ st clement Walk food trail ➥ hens have never
Parish Walks ➥ st Peter Parish Walk ➥ st lawrence Millennium Walk, ➥ st lawrence Parish Walk ➥ st saviour Parish Walk heritage Walks ➥ durrell Wildlife Walk West
Walks 17/18/19/20 21/22/23/27/29 Waterworks valley
Parish Walks ➥ st John Parish Walk ➥ st Martin Parish Walk ➥ st Mary Parish Walk ➥ trinity Parish Walk Pub Walks ➥ a high hike ➥ north coast nosebag
Walks 26/28 29/30/31/32
Pub Walks ➥ st Martin’s round ➥ a Grouville Gander
conservation trust ➥ la hougue Bie ➥ samarès Manor
Walks 6/7/9/10/ 11/13/14/15
Walks 6/7/8/9 11/30
Walk north Walk east
food trail ➥ classic cattle, classy Wines ➥ Water, Water everywhere Pub Walks ➥ victorian connections ➥ highland trail
Walks 11/13/14 19/20/21/22/24 Walks 5/6/7/8/9 10/11
Walk north Walk east
Walks 19/20/21/22 23/24/25/26/27/28 Walks 1/2/4/5
Walks 1/2/3 16/18
Walks 1/2/3/4/5/10/14 15/16/24/25/26/30
Walks 3/4/15/16/17/18 19/20/23/24/25/27/33
Walks 3/8/16/17/18 29/30
Walks 2/9/10/11/12 13/14/16/17/18/19
look out for the walking symbol
To find out more about the guided walks pick up the latest copy of What’s on (Monthly). These guides are displayed at Jersey Tourism, the harbour, airport and other key locations around Jersey.
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Walkers will find it easy to get around the Island with the help of an excellent bus service. Buses operate from the bus terminal at liberation station, st helier. Timetables are available at the bus station and Jersey Tourism. A ‘Text your Bus’ service is available using your mobile phone. Every bus stop has been assigned a four digit number, which is painted on the road at each stop. To find out when the next two buses will arrive at your stop, text the four digit number to 66556 and you will receive a text message reply telling you either how many minutes it will be before they arrive, or their scheduled time of arrival (within a two hour period) if they are not yet en route.
Take advantage of the local bus service by purchasing an explorer ticket, allowing unlimited travel during your stay. Tickets are valid for consecutive day travel only, group tickets are available and all tickets can be bought from the liberation station, st helier. Tickets are available for 1, 3 or 5 days and there are also Weekender tickets. For the latest prices and to obtain a copy of the current bus timetable visit www.mybus.je or call Connex on 877772 or Jersey Tourism on 448877.
learn about Jersey’s environment and history in the company of some of the Island’s most experienced ramblers, qualified Blue Badge tourist guides and experts in their field. The escorted walks are leisurely yet informative. Each year Jersey Tourism puts on a selection of guided walks designed to appeal to walkers of all abilities. There is a selection of walks on offer per week from April to september covering all aspects of the Island including the natural environment, heritage and local myths and legends.
The Jersey Tourist guide Association is made up of Blue Badge guides, Bronze Award and Associate members. Blue Badge guides have undertaken written examinations on all aspects of Jersey knowledge and are trained in all guiding procedures. services are offered in a range of languages including French, german, Dutch and Portuguese. For a full listing of guides visit www.jersey.com/walking.
Walking tickets are available from the guide on the day or Jersey Tourism. under 16’s are free. Booking for walks is not required unless otherwise stated. A season ticket is available offering unlimited access to all Jersey Tourism walks throughout the season. These tickets are only available from Jersey Tourism.
For further information about guided walks taking place during your visit and costs of the walking tickets, please pick up a copy of the monthly What’s on guide or contact Jersey Tourism on 448877.
not just Walking Week, it’s Walking Weeks! Yes, we have two in Jersey, two dedicated festivals for those fond of exploring on foot. With almost 40 free guided walks offered per week in spring and Autumn you’ll be spoilt for choice and see a side of Jersey you never expected.
may - spring Walking Week
Discover the Island’s natural beauty and heritage during this series of free guided walks designed for all ages and levels of experience. The highlight of the Walking Weeks is the Around Island Walk that is split into stages and completed over five days. Join your guides for a week of exploration and fun on this unique walking extravaganza. From beach to spectacular headland, past towers, castles and ancient burial chambers – these are just some of the experiences you’ll encounter on this five-day trek that aims to take in every inch of Jersey’s coastline. Walkers can participate in any of the daily walks, but those who complete the entire five-day ‘challenge’ will receive a certificate of achievement. Your guides for the walks will ensure you are suitably looked after throughout the week as well as providing ample supplies of encouragement and sweets!
june - itex ‘around island Walk’
This challenging 48-mile annual event attracts both local and visiting walkers, raising funds for Jersey charities. Expect to complete the course in anything between 12 to 21 hours. For further information visit www.itexwalk.je
september - autumn Walking Week
Experience Jersey’s autumnal colours on this full and free programme of country, coastal and heritage walks with some of the Island’s most experienced guides.
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