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Walking on Guernsey

AuthorPaddy Dillon
PublisherCicerone Press
ISBNISBN-13: 978 1 85284 639 8 (First Edition)
ISBN-13: 978 1 85284 838 5 (Second Edition)
Also available in eBook and Kindle formats
Price£12.95
Fort Grey, or the ‘Cup and Saucer’, guarded the west coast of Guernsey for centuries.

Fort Grey, or the ‘Cup and Saucer’, guarded the west coast of Guernsey for centuries.

St Anne’s Church, standing in the middle of Alderney, rises like a miniature cathedral.

St Anne’s Church, standing in the middle of Alderney, rises like a miniature cathedral.

The rugged harbour of Le Havre Gosselin lies between the islands of Sark and Brecqhou.

The rugged harbour of Le Havre Gosselin lies between the islands of Sark and Brecqhou.

This is one of two guidebooks that replaces Channel Island Walks, the other being Walking on Jersey. All the routes in the old guidebook were checked and updated, and new routes were added. The new guidebooks are in full colour and contain the most up-to-date mapping produced in the Channel Islands.

Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm are featured in this guidebook. There are 19 one-day walks around Guernsey. 14 of those walks exploring the coast can be joined end-to-end to make a complete coastal circuit taking two or three days to walk. Guernsey’s landscapes are mostly gentle, though there are impressive cliffs along the south coast and other parts of the coast are occasionally rocky. There is a tremendous amount of variety, ranging from sheer cliffs to level fields, with wooded valleys, villages, splendid country mansions, quaint farms and the bustling town of St Peter Port. There are 5 days of walking around the smaller islands. Alderney and Sark could be explored on day-trips, but it is better to spend at least a couple of days on each island. The tiny island of Herm is an absolute gem and a firm favourite with all who visit.

One thing that strikes visitors at an early stage is the amount of history and heritage available. Guernsey has been battered and bruised by centuries of conflict and all kinds of fortifications have been raised in response. When the Channel Islands were declared indefensible during the Second World War, Nazi forces invaded and occupied the islands, building massive concrete structures around them. It is hardly possible to walk anywhere on Guernsey without being constantly distracted by heritage features, as well as plenty of places offering food and drink, so that each deceptively short walk ends up taking all day to complete!

Although Guernsey and Jersey are long-standing rivals, the islands have thrown their weight behind an exciting long-distance island-hopping trail - the Channel Islands Way. This route wanders all the way round the coast of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm, then makes a circuit around Jersey, taking in all that is best in the Channel Islands.

Walk Contents

Guernsey

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

Alderney

Walk 21 Alderney - East
Walk 22 Alderney - West

Sark

Walk 23 Sark - South
Walk 24 Sark - North

Herm

Walk 25 Herm

The Channel Island Way

  The Channel Island Way