Guernsey is a wonderful destination for walkers, as Paddy Dillon and many others know well. In this blog post Sherpa Expeditions choose the 5 most beautiful places on Guernsey.
1) Sea Cliffs near Le Gouffre – Guernsey
The ups and downs of the south coast of Guernsey are the most strenuous section of walking on the island. But the seascapes are absolutely spectacular, with vast expansive views. Dips, rises and steps abound, with the sea crashing around the rocks below and a plethora of evil looking Nazi era range finding towers speckled along the cliff tops like giant Daleks.
2) Portelet Harbour and Fort Grey – Guernsey
The Fort was built as a defence by the British in 1804 during the Napoleonic Wars after Charles Grey, 1st Earl Grey. It now operates as a local shipwreck museum. The place is affectionately known as The Cup and Saucer and is situated on a beautiful stretch of sand encompassing several bays over about 4km. Lovely swimming when it is calm.
3) L'Ancresse bay to Fort le Marchant- Guernsey
The Northern Beaches of Guernsey are a delightful serendipitous expanse of creamy sands, including L’Ancresse, Pembroke and Jaonneuse Bays. There is a lot to see while walking this leg of the Sherpa Expeditions trail including some more watch towers and old fortresses. A modern restaurant called ‘The Beach House’ does some great seafood dishes, if you don’t fancy picnicking on a headland, beach or seawall, which actually is a Nazi antitank defence.
4) Shell Beach – Herm
The Channel Island Way on Herm is only a couple of hours of walking with a mixture of cliff walking in the south of the island and beaches in the north. Shell Beach wraps around the northern part of Herm, melting into Moulsonniere Beach. At most states of the tide you can walk along the sand for 3km and perhaps have a swim at low tide, although care needs to be taken because of the high tidal range and currents. To the north of the island there is a colony of breeding seals, whilst in the southeast you might see breeding puffins between April and July.
5) Alderney – Unusual, quiet, spectacular
Alderney is becoming famous for its migrant birds that stray from the French Mainland, seabird colonies of gannets and blonde hedgehogs. Just about anywhere that you engage with this island there are wonderful views. At Spectacular Telegraph Bay you look out over sea cliffs painted with sea pinks and campions, down to rocky sea stacks frothing with white ribbons of foam, and beyond, blue green seas. Elsewhere on the Island you have beautiful sheltered beige and white sandy beaches. Even a couple of the Nazi ranging stations have been turned into sea bird observatories.
Telegraph Bay - Alderney
Discover Guernsey for yourself
The walking holiday provider Sherpa Expeditions offer trips to walk on Guernsey and the Channel Island Way. They also have 5 more beautiful places on Guernsey that they believe should be on your radar.
Paddy Dillon has written a guidebook to 25 walks on Guernsey, including the Guernsey Coastal Walk.
Have we missed your favourite place on Guernsey? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.