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Picturesque port of Gorey
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Highlights

  • An island-hopping walking adventure on Jersey, Guernsey & Sark.
  • Incredible coastlines, pretty ports & shaded lanes with hedges of wild flowers.
  • Sample the traditional fruit loaf with lashings of golden Guernsey butter.
  • The Jersey War Tunnels, a spooky, yet captivating WWII museum.
  • Gardens overflowing with subtropical plants and a glorious array of bird life.

The Channel Islands of Jersey, Guernsey and Sark are graced with an intriguing blend of British and French influences and you will walk through a wide array of exquisite landscapes, that inspired the Impressionists.

Golden sandy beaches and high cliffs, hidden valleys and woodlands, are all latticed with peaceful trails and history has carved out each island’s own unique character.

During World War II these islands were the only parts of British soil to be occupied. The many museums on this topic highlight the fortitude of the islanders, who to this day, still govern themselves.

Day 1: Arrive in St Helier and overnight.

Arrive in Jersey, the largest and southern-most of The Channel Islands. Upon arrival in St Helier, Jersey’s capital, settle into your hotel and begin to explore. St Helier’s ancient quarter exposes the horrors of the Reformation. You can also visit the Maritime Museum and Occupation Tapestry Gallery which gives you much historical information about the island.


Overnight: Norfolk Hotel**, St Helier


Just a few minutes walk from St Helier’s town centre, this delightful, family owned and run hotel, provides a comfortable base from which to explore.  With a friendly and welcoming staff, this hotel is a little gem.


Day 2: La Rocque Harbour Loop Walk via Gorey

Today’s walk not only takes in some fascinating sights but it can also be considered a “foodie walk”, as it is focused in the parish of Grouville, where much of Jersey’s home-grown food is produced.


Take a local bus to La Rocque Harbour, where the French last attacked Jersey in 1781 and from the North Tower you can see (at low tide) many oyster farms. Pass a couple of farm shops and spot migrating birds as you walk. Reach Gorey Castle, built in 1204 and view some mussel farms out to sea before arriving back in La Rocque.


Walk:  8 miles


Overnight: Norfolk Hotel**, St Helier


Day 3: Transfer to Jersey War Tunnels. Walk to St Aubin

A short transfer brings you to the Jersey War Tunnels, a fascinating museum, which tells the story of the German occupation of the island in WWII.


Today’s walk takes you through St Peter’s Valley which has wooded areas but also crosses the high ground between them. The final part of your walk leads you to the coast and from here you can walk around the bay to the pretty harbour of St Aubin, your next overnight stop.


Walk: 6 miles


Overnight:  Harbour View Guest House, St Aubin


This charming and distinctive guest house overlooks the picturesque harbour and has  14 tastefully furnished and decorated rooms. They also provide you with an enormous continental breakfast buffet, which will give you energy for your day’s walking.


Day 4: Loop walk via Noirmont Point, Ouaisné & Brelade’s Bay

A wonderful day of walking awaits! Begin in St Aubin and follow trails to Noirmont, which was heavily fortified during the German occupation. Pass a wetland nature reserve located in Ouaisné and visit the Cotte de St Brelade Cave where Neanderthal remains have been found. This walk is interesting, varied and relatively easy.  


Walk: 6 miles


Overnight: Harbour View Guest House, St Aubin


Day 5: Transfer by ferry to St Peter’s Port, Guernsey. Free day to explore.

After your ferry ride (1 hour) to St Peter’s Port, Guernsey’s capital, drop your bags at your hotel before exploring this picturesque port which has been busy since Roman times! Stroll down its quaint cobbled streets and through the multitude of colourful sub-tropical gardens. Constantly on view is Castle Cornet which has stood guard over the town for 800 years.


Tonight relax in one of the many gastro-pubs or restaurants and sample some of the delicious locally grown produce.


Overnight: Duke of Normandie Hotel***, St Peter’s Port


This hotel has an enviable location in the heart of St Peter’s Port and is situated within a quiet courtyard. The 37 rooms are stylishly furnished and decorated.


Day 6: La Rousse Tower to St Peter’s Port

After a short local bus ride to La Rousse Tower begin walking along the wild and beautiful northern coast of Guernsey, which is this island’s heartland of WWII history. However La Rousse Tower and several other fortifications en route were actually built to protect the island from an invasion by Napoleon.


Amble around crescent bays, edged with reeds and nature reserves before making your way down the east coast where, on a clear day, you can see views over to Herm, Sark and even to the shores of France!


Walk: 7 miles


Overnight: Duke of Normandie Hotel***, St Peter’s Port


Day 7: Ferry to Sark. Sark Circular Walk.

Board your ferry in St Peter’s Port and be transported to Sark in about one hour. As this island is only pedestrianised (no motorised vehicles allowed!) today’s experience will be unique. The walk leads you to some of the most popular spots, such as La Coupé, a natural isthmus, joining Little and Big Sark and The Assembly Room, home to Sark's Government. Also view the stunning scenery from the elevated central plateau.


This afternoon board your ferry back to Guernsey and enjoy your final evening in St Peter’s Port.


 Walk: 5 miles


Overnight: Duke of Normandie Hotel***, St Peter’s Port


Day 8: Onward Travel

From St Peter’s Port you can make your way to the airport for your for your onward journeys.


Accommodation

The accommodations provided on this tour are a mix of hand-picked 2* and 3* hotels, and guest houses. We have provided examples of these accommodations, however those listed are just examples and during busy times we may place you elsewhere. However if we do reserve a room for you in alternate hotels or guesthouses, they will be of a similar or better quality than those listed. Please note that on nights three and four you may also stay in St Brelade’s, not far from St Aubin, if the accommodation there is not available.


Hotel upgrades are available. Please contact your Destination & Adventure Specialist for details.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


We also welcome solo walkers on this tour, again a supplement is payable.


Meals

Breakfast is included each morning. Lunch or dinners are not included. On some of the walking days it will necessary to take a packed lunch, however on most days, a little café, farm shop or pub is never far away. It will be very easy to buy a baguette, fruit, drinks, etc from a local bakery or sandwich shop before you depart if you do wish to take a picnic lunch. Dinners you may eat at your  accommodation or there are plenty of local restaurants to choose from.



 

 

 




Norfolk Hotel - St Helier

Just a few minutes walk from St Helier’s town centre, this delightful, family owned and run hotel, provides a comfortable base from which to explore. With a friendly and welcoming staff, this hotel is a little gem.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Harbour View Guesthouse - St Aubin



Harbour View Guesthouse - St Aubin

This charming and distinctive guest house overlooks the picturesque harbour and has 14 tastefully furnished and decorated rooms. They also provide you with an enormous continental breakfast buffet, which will give you energy for your day’s walking.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Duke of Normandie Hotel - St Peter's Port

This hotel has an enviable location in the heart of St Peter’s Port and is situated within a quiet courtyard. The 37 rooms are stylishly furnished and decorated.


 

 

 

Time of Year

Any time of year would be great for walking in this area. We offer this tour in the spring, summer and autumn. Advantages in the spring are the beautiful spring flowers in bloom. Temperatures will probably be at their best in the summer and in the Autumn/Fall it will be nice and peaceful with fewer other tourists.


Grade & Terrain

This tour is graded easy to moderate. The trails are a combination of dirt trails, gravel tracks and quiet country roads. In Jersey there are 45 miles of “green lanes” where the maximum speed of traffic is only 15mph and where priority is given to walkers. In Sark, there are no motorised vehicles and in Guernsey your walk is on the coastal path. This tour is suitable for walkers with good physical fitness. 


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

In order to find your way you will need to be able to follow route notes and navigate reading a map. Some of the walks will be waymarked, especially when you walk along either the Jersey or Guernsey Coastal Paths, however this is not always the case. We will provide you with comprehensive route notes, detailed 1:25,000 maps and GPS tracks for those who like to take a GPS unit.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


When taking the ferry from Jersey to Guernsey it is required that you take your luggage with you on the ferry. When you arrive in St Peter’s Port you will also need to take your luggage to the first hotel. Therefore we highly recommend that you only bring one medium-sized suitcase in anticipation of this.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care


General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example. proper rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take.This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.

Getting to St Helier

You can get to Jersey by fast ferry or by flying. Jersey Airport is served by a few different airlines, such as Flybe and Easyjet and they fly from varying locations in the UK. The airport is 5 miles away from St Helier, but easily accessible by bus. Bus travel information and schedules are located on the Liberty Bus website. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes. You can also take a taxi.


St Helier is also accessible by ferry from either Poole, Portsmouth or Weymouth and  from the French mainland in St Malo. Condor Ferries is the operator of the these ferries and will find schedules and costs on their website. Upon arrival into the port of St Helier it is only a 5-10 minute walk to the town centre, or you can take a taxi to your hotel if you wish.  


Getting from St Peter’s Port

Guernsey Airport is served by three different carriers, Flybe (who fly to numerous UK airports from Guernsey), Aurigny and Blue Islands (flying from Southampton). Guernsey Airport is only a few miles away from St Peter’s Port and there are numerous bus services that will take you there. For more information on schedules please visit the Guernsey Buses website. You can also catch a taxi from your hotel.


It is also possible to get from St Peter’s Port by ferry. Condor Ferries operates to Poole, Portsmouth in the UK and to St Malo in France. There is also a passenger-only ferry to various ports in Normandy during the summer months, operated by Manches Iles Express.


You can walk or take a taxi from your hotel to the port.

Included

  • 7 Nights accommodation in 2* and 3* hotels and guest houses
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Ferries (Jersey to Guernsey, Guernsey to Sark round trip)
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to St Helier and from St Peter’s Port
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s) if applicable
  • Solo walker supplement if applicable
  • Private transfers
  • Additional nights before, during and after the walk

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the The Channel Islands are extremely popular especially during July and August. You will find up to date availability on our website.

How fit do I need to be?

This tour is graded easy to moderate. The trails are a combination of dirt trails, gravel tracks and quiet country roads. In Jersey there are 45 miles of “green lanes” where the maximum speed of traffic is only 15mph and where priority is given to walkers. In Sark, there are no motorised vehicles and in Guernsey your walk is on the coastal path. This tour is suitable for walkers with good physical fitness.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

When is the best time of year?

The best months for walking in the spring, summer and autumn when the weather is fair. Spring is great as the wild flowers will be in bloom and the Autumn when it is a bit quieter. Also the flights will probably be less expensive!

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use public transport or a local taxi to continue to your next overnight stop.

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