Walking on Guernsey
Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm
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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
- 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
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.
Getting to Guernsey
Who can go?
When to go
Health and safety
Food and drink
What to take
Waymarking and access
Getting around Guernsey
Travel to Alderney, Sark and Herm
Using this guide
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
The maps in this guidebook are extracted from the 1:15,000 States of Guernsey map. This is rather different from the Ordnance Survey maps used by most walkers in Britain. In fact, the map was originally compiled by the Military Survey at 1:25,000, but this is now out of print. New and updated digital mapping has been produced by Digimap at 1:15,000, www.digimap.gg, for the States of Guernsey. This is the most detailed map of the island, showing everything down to field boundaries and even the back gardens of houses in towns and villages. The walking routes in this guidebook are shown as a highlighted overlay on this 1:15,000 map. Sketch maps of Alderney, Sark and Herm show the walking routes on the small islands.
There are plenty of other maps of Guernsey, mostly published by Perry’s. These include free maps suitable for general touring, which often highlight attractions so boldly that they obscure other details in the vicinity. By all means amass a collection of free maps, picking them up from the tourist information centre or from hotels and visitor attractions around the island.
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Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other publications. He has written for a variety of outdoor magazines, as well as many booklets and brochures for tourism organisations. Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. He enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States.View Articles and Books by Paddy Dillon
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