Walking on Guernsey
25 routes including the Guernsey Coastal Walk, Alderney, Sark and Herm
By Paddy Dillon
Guidebook to 24 easy day walks on the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm, and the 3-day Guernsey Coastal Walk. Making up part of the Channel Islands Way, the routes follow paths, tracks and quiet roads and total around 240km (150 miles). Uses detailed 1:15,000 scale States of Guernsey maps, with notes on travel, accommodation, plants and wildlife and the islands' fascinating history.
Seasonsall 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
CentresSt Peter Port; St Sampson
Difficultygood 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 and flights of steps; short walks can be combined to make longer ones
Must Seeexcellent cliff coastline, rocky and sandy beaches; nature reserves and public gardens; 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
This guide describes 25 walks on the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm. From easy 5km (3-mile) day walks to the 61km (38-mile), 3-day Guernsey Coastal Walk, it explores the islands' varied landscapes and historic sites on mostly firm and well-surfaced paths and tracks, and quiet roads. Never straying far from the attractions and cafes that dot the islands, more rugged paths are occasionally used to access cliffs and headlands, although optional alternative routes and short cuts are included where relevant. Famous for its sunshine, history and wonderful coastline, Guernsey is a popular destination for travellers, boasting superb year-round walking no further than 2 miles from the sea. This guidebook presents a range of mostly circular routes exploring the Guernsey coast and interior, and the smaller islands of Alderney, Sark and Herm. Neighbouring walks can easily be combined into longer routes for walkers with more time or fitness. Routes feature 1:15,000 States of Guernsey maps, while flora and fauna and the fascinating history of the islands are also covered. Details are included of public transport, where to stay and how to travel between the islands, as well as connecting with the 182km (113-mile) Channel Island Way.
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Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer, with over 100 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 television.Paddy uses a tablet computer to write as he walks. His descriptions are therefore precise, having been written at the very point at which the reader uses them.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.View author profile
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