Walking on Guernsey

Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm

By Paddy Dillon

Guidebook to 25 short, easy walks exploring the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm. Including the Guernsey Coastal Walk, the routes cover a total of 140 miles mainly on paths, tracks and quiet roads, and can be easily combined to make longer journeys. Includes notes on travel and the fascinating history of the islands.



all year round, but particularly good in spring when the wild flowers are at their most colourful; busy during the summer, with long, sunny days; quieter in autumn; sometimes bleak in the winter


St Peter Port


good paths and tracks are used, along with quiet country roads, avoiding main roads wherever possible; gradients are often gentle, but there are some rugged cliff paths and occasional steep slopes; short walks can be combined to make longer ones
Must See

Must See

excellent cliff coastline, rocky and sandy beaches; absorbing historical features - prehistoric sites, castles and churches, as well as concrete reminders of the Nazi occupation; trips to the smaller islands of Alderney, Sark and Herm are especially recommended
16 Jun 2016
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.1cm
  • Overview

    This guidebook describes 25 short easy walks exploring the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm. The routes are mostly circular, mainly on paths, tracks and quiet roads, and can easily be combined to make longer outings. Most walks are between 5 and 15km (3 and 9 miles) but the book also includes a description of the Guernsey Coastal Walk, a 63.5km (39 mile) walk around the entire coast of the island. Famed for its sunshine, its history and its wonderful coastline, Guernsey offers superb year-round walking. As well as clear route directions and mapping and practical advice on travel and accommodation, the book is crammed with fascinating information about these intriguing islands.

  • Contents

    Turbulent history
    Protected areas
    Getting to Guernsey
    Who can go?
    Tour operators
    When to go
    Health and safety
    Food and drink
    Parlez-vous Franglais?
    What to take
    Waymarking and access
    Getting around Guernsey
    Travel to Alderney, Sark and Herm
    Tourist information
    Using this guide
    The Walks
    Walk 1 St Peter Port Town Trail
    Walk 2 St Peter Port and Fermain Bay
    Walk 3 Fermain and Jerbourg Point
    Walk 4 La Fosse and Icart Point
    Walk 5 Le Bourg and Pointe de La Moye
    Walk 6 La Prévôte and Torteval
    Walk 7 Portelet Harbour and Pleinmont
    Walk 8 Rocquaine Bay and Lihou Island
    Walk 9 Perelle Bay and St Saviour
    Walk 10 Vazon Bay and Cobo Bay
    Walk 11 Cobo Bay and Saumarez Park
    Walk 12 Portinfer and L’Islet
    Walk 13 L’Ancresse and Vale
    Walk 14 St Sampson and Belle Grève Bay
    Walk 15 Beau Sejour and Le Friquet
    Walk 16 St Martin and La Villette
    Walk 17 St Andrew and Castel
    Walk 18 King’s Mills and Fauxquets
    Walk 19 Rocquaine Bay and Quanteraine
    Walk 20 Guernsey Coastal Walk
    Walk 21 Alderney – East
    Walk 22 Alderney – West
    Walk 23 Sark – South
    Walk 24 Sark – North
    Walk 25 Herm

    Appendix A The Channel Island Way
    Appendix B Route summary table
    Appendix C Contacts

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    Feb 2019

    Getting to Alderney:
    Bumblebee Boat Cruises are no longer operating a ferry service between Guernsey and Alderney. However, The Little Ferry Company, www.thelittleferrycompany.com, are hoping to maintain a twice daily summer ferry service between the islands.

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Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications, and has appeared on radio and TV. Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain’s National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.

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