Guernsey, Sark and Herm Channel Islands Grade: Low Moderate
The beautiful island of Guernsey is a walkers delight with stunning cliff scenery and small sandy bays on its southern shore. Inland, there are gentle lanes called Rouettes Tranquilles where walkers and cyclists have priority over cars. This combines with the warm sunny climate to make for a wonderful early Autumn holiday.
We will be staying at a comfortable boutique hotel in the centre of St Peter Port. We will explore the wonderful landscape of Sark. Just a 50 minute ferry ride from Guernsey, Sark feels like an entire world away. The holiday will also include a boat ride to Herm Island, just offshore in the sheltered bay of St Peters Port. Herm is surrounded by wonderful white sand beaches and we will walk right around to take in all the stunning views. The cliff walks on Guernsey do involve some steep ups and downs but the scenery makes the hard work well worthwhile.
Itinerary (subject to change)
Day 1 – Jerbourg Point and the lanes of St Martin. We will take a short bus ride and start walking the beautiful cliff scenery along the south coast. The walk will finish in St Martin’s taking some of the quiet lanes -‘rouettes tranquilles’ – just inland from the coast – 7 miles with some steep cliff ups and downs.
Day 2 – Herm and St Peters Port. A short ferry trip takes us to the stunning small island of Herm which we walk around. There is a small section of cliff but then some beautiful white sand beaches with great views out to Sark, Jersey and even mainland France. 4.5 miles. There will be time in the afternoon to explore St Peters Port and visit one of its many attractions (entry cost not included).
Day 3 – Icart Point and Petit Bot Bay. This is a day for some fine cliff walking with beautiful sea views. Icart Point was made famous by the painter Renoir who was captivated by the scenery. There will be some steep ups and downs, but all taken with plenty of stops to take in the views and catch our breath. Approx 7 miles
Day 4- Sark. Today we take the wonderful boat journey to the island of Sark. This takes just under an hour and there’s a chance of seeing dolphins if we are lucky. The island has a fascinating history, having been a feudal community until recently and is car-free. We will explore the small village and follow footpaths to the cliffs, seeing the famous ‘La Coupee’ causeway that joins the island to Little Sark. The walking is gentle and approx 6 miles with time for café stops before getting the return ferry .
Alternative walk if weather is not suitable for Sark. Taking the bus, we will visit the far south west of the island, walking around the Pleinmont peninsular with its interesting German gun towers and fortifications. We then walk along sweeping L’Eree Bay, visiting the remains of a Roman galley ship and the Neolithic dolmen tomb – 7.5 miles
Feedback from a previous trip: “I absolutely loved this holiday and am a real convert to women’s group
walking holidays and ‘Her on the Hill’ in particular. Jo was very friendly, supportive, knowledgeable and well organised.
The rest of the group were fantastic…I loved the walking and think Guernsey an inspired choice of destination. The coastal paths were so well maintained, the views stunning and lots of interesting things to see on the way. I liked
that we could use buses so easily as well.” Judith