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  • Walking in Jersey - harbour views
  • Walking in Jersey - ocean views

Guided walking holidays and coast to coast walks

Whether you enjoy guided walking holidays giving you an insight into the history of an area, brisk and challenging coast to coast walks or a gentle afternoon amble through a wildflower valley, there are a whole range Jersey walks to delve into. In a world where tweeting means something entirely different than birdsong, rambling the green lanes and pathways of this beautiful island will undoubtedly connect you to its rich anglo-french heritage and culture and can’t fail to show off the wonderful flora and fauna so abundant on the island. Stunning scenery, wide sandy beaches, rugged northern cliffs, harbours, inlets, parks and gardens, nature reserves and numerous areas of Special Scientific Interest (SSI) lie waiting to be discovered.

Walk through Jersey’s twelve parishes

Jersey’s 45 square miles are divided into twelve parishes. The island spans approximately 9 miles from east to west and 5 miles from north to south, making it easily accessible for the seasoned walker. Delightful shorter walks can be found around some of the islands nature reserves and through the woodlands and parks whilst longer and more challenging terrain can be found on the rugged northern coastal paths.

Walkers at Ouaisne, St Brelade
Walking at the resevoir
Low water fishing walkers

Southern Parishes – St Helier to St Brelade

Taking a westerly direction from the harbour and waterfront of the busy capital town of St Helier is the curved wide stretch of beach at St Aubin’s Bay. Here the lush valleyed parish of St Lawrence just touches the southern tip of the bay before leading onto the headland of Noirmont and Portelet Bay, both SSI recognised areas. Rare sand crocus’ and dwarf rushes grow here but also look out for resident skylarks and seas buntings. Below Portelet Common lie the sand dunes and diverse habitats of L’Ouaisné Common where evidence of prehistoric human existence has been found in La Cotte Cave. It is important to keep to the pathways as the area is protected and not least so because it is the breeding ground for the agile frog. The beautiful golden beach at St Brelades Bay with its colourful floral garden displays follows around the rocks to Corbiere Lighthouse and then onto Five mile beach at St Ouen’s Bay.

West Coast Walks

Move inland from the long stretch of beach at St Ouen’s Bay to the protected SSI area of Les Blanches Banques sand dunes. A sea wall preserves the dunes which have become stocked with rare species of orchid and dwarf pansies as well as the little green sand lizard. Les Mielles Nature Reserve can offer up wildlife filled circular walks with spectacular views of the bay. This has become a breeding ground for rare Marsh Harriers and Bitterns have also been spotted. Further inland the heatherlands lining the double coast at St Peters blend into the lush rolling valleys of St Lawrence; both suitable for shorter woodland and wildflower walks. In springtime the woods are alive with bluebells, celendine, red campions and rare yellow archangel. On the most northwesterly point of the island the picturesque ruins of Grosnez Castle then step down quite a way to the caves and rockpools at Plemont Beach.

Walking at Corbiere
Walking at Les Landes, St Ouen, on Jersey's north west coast
Walking on cliff top

Rugged northern coast

The northern coastal paths are more challenging but run continuously from Grosnez to Rozel Bay for about 15 miles. At Greve-de-Lecq Bay in the Parish of St Mary a spectacular cave roof collapse has left a giant funnel in the rock formation known as Devil’s Hole. There are some beautiful views along the footpath but the terrain is perhaps the most challenging on the island. Step inland a little and you can take a pleasant break at St Mare Vineyard. Many of Jersey’s attractions can be visited by taking a criss cross route through the island or by dipping in and out from the coastal route. Sorel Point lies at the most northerly tip of Jersey and overlooks the swirling seas around a group of rocks known as the Paternosters. In the distance Sark can be viewed on a clear day. Tales of smuggling come to mind when approaching the parishes of Trinity and St John and the fishing harbour at Bonne Nuit Bay. At low tide, step down some 400 feet to reach Wolf’s Caves, allegedly named because smugglers would cry like wolves to deter passers by from their bounty! It may well be worth stopping for some refreshments at Bonne Nuit as the route then takes a steep upwards turn towards Les Platons; the highest point of the island. You may spot dolphins as you move down towards the pebbly harbour at Bouley Bay. If you’ve taken up the gauntlet and managed to walk the craggy northern paths in one go, a reward may lie at the eastern harbour and white sands of Rozel Bay as it’s well known for its fantastic eateries.

Easterly nature reserves and lunar landscapes

From St Martin on the north east coast to St Clement in the south are some wonderful woodlands, nature reserves and an internationally recognised Ramsar wetlands site. Prehistoric burial mounds, castles and look out towers hint at Jersey’s turbulent historical past as well as its Occupation during World War Two. If you prefer shorter walks then it’s easy to pass a couple of hours in St Catherine’s Woods; an easy flat walk with just a few stepping stones over the stream and a rope swing to delight both adults and children. Look out for red squirrels and wildflowers along the way. The long stretch of sandy beach at Grouville is often full of water sports enthusiasts but inland at La Hougue Bie lies Jersey’s most important archaeological site with a museum run by Jersey Heritage Trust. The whole of the south eastern corner of the island from Grouville through to St Clement and St Saviour is a Ramsar wetlands site due to its rich marine wildlife. At night time in St Clement, the sea is alive with bioluminescence or marine creatures which emit light. However walking the lunar-like landscape revealed at low tide is a specialist job and a guide with tidal knowledge is recommended due to it being home to some of the highest tides in the world.

Fungi foray in St Catherines Woods, Jersey
Cliff Path Sign
Bouley Bay, Trinity

Walking Tips and Resources

Jersey’s network of green lanes, where cars are limited in speed, mean walkers are well catered for on the island and numerous maps and recommended routes are available in bookshops or to download. Many specialists provide guided walks with themes centred around Jersey’s history or local dishes – often with refreshments included!

  • Maps and guided routes available from The National Trust for Jersey, Tel: 01534 483193 Monday to Friday 9am-4pm.
  • Spring and Autumn Walking weeks are celebrated in Jersey, for more information contact Jersey Tourism: Tel: 01534 448877

Guided Walks

  • Jersey Heritage Holidays – Specialists in special interest groups to the Channel Islands. Beth Lloyd. Tel: 01534 862099
  • Bestwalks.com are a good resource for walking books, maps, and Free Walks.
  • Learn about the tales of some of the islands towns and villages on a walk with Remi.
    Remi Couriard. Tel:+44 (0) 7797 768058
    walkwithremi@gmail.com
  • Corbiere Lighthouse Walks.
    Sue Hardy and Sheila Mallet. Tel: 01534 448877