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Guernsey Coastal Path Self Guided Walking Holiday
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Highlights

  • Tasting fresh fruit from the gardens at one of the islands many ’Honesty Stalls’.
  • Feeling the fine powdery sand between your toes as you walk along Cobo Beach
  • Admiring the aquamarine sea below as you walk atop the cliffs of the South Coast.
  • Experiencing the unique islands of Herm and Sark.

Walking on Guernsey changes with the seasons. Springtime is a delight when the ancient woodland is sprinkled with bluebells and summer is a riot of colour with exotic flowers in full bloom — around every corner you really are greeted with a different view!

Your journey starts and ends in St Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey, a town unlike any other which has been shaped by a rich history and is well worth exploring. Your walk around Guernsey will be one of contrasts and ever-changing scenery. The south coast boasts wild and rugged walking where you will hear the roar of the waves as they buffet the cliffs beneath you. The west is where the cliffs and coves give way to sea-grass fringed sand dunes. The landscape changes again in the north. Rocky inlets pepper the coastline sheltering brightly coloured fishing boats. The island is dotted with towers, forts and hidden bunkers which are reminders of events that have shaped these islands and illustrate the areas tumultuous past.

Day 1: Starting/Finishing Point: St Peter Port

The walk starts and finishes in St Peter Port, the centre of island life and the vibrant capital. The town is considered to be one of the most attractive in Europe with it’s pretty harbour and patchwork of architectural styles. Sitting proud on a rocky outcrop Castle Cornet stands guard over St Peter Port. It makes a great place to admire the town and the views to the neighbouring islands. 


Guernsey is easily accessible from the UK and Europe with regular flights from many airports and ferries from Weymouth, Poole and Portsmouth.


Day 2: St Peter Port to Petit Bot Bay– 8.5 miles (13.6km)

Leaving St Peter Port you are immediately graced with bluebell carpeted woods as you head towards Fermain Bay. You will pass the first of many ‘Pepper Pots’, loop holed towers which are dotted around the island to defend the coastline. The cliff top walking is spectacular on the south coast of Guernsey. Please be aware that this day is tough cliff top walking and although the mileage is low the tough terrain can slow you down.


Brightly coloured flowers cling to the cliff face and colonies of seabirds can be seen sheltering on the craggy outcrops.  You will pass the bay of Moulin Huet which was painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1883.


Overnight: Petit Bot Bay area


Day 3: Petit Bot Bay to Vazon Bay  – 13 miles (20.8km)

Cliff top walking and stunning coastal views remain a feature of todays walk. The views inland are also pretty with patchwork farmland and glimpses of the spire on Torteval Church. The Pleinmont peninsula on the south west point of Guernsey is dramatic with many lookouts and fortifications. Over 150 species of bird have been recorded here making it one of the best places for bird watching on the island.


As you travel round the south west corner of the island the rugged cliffs give way to wide expanses of sand. Standing on the beach looking out to sea gives you a real sense of how vast the ocean is with nothing between you and North America. This is the perfect opportunity to take off your socks and boots and have a paddle or watch the surfers out to sea.



A visit to Lihou Island, the most westerly point of the Channel Islands is a must. Only accessible at low tide it used to be inhabited by and order of Benedictine monks and is now home to an abundance of bird and marine life.

Overnight: Vazon Bay area


Day 4: Vazon Bay to Vale area – 7.5 miles (12km)

Todays walking starts off quite easy, from Vazon Bay along the promenade bringing you to the headland dominated by Fort Hommet, one of the many coastal forts on the island.

The path then brings you to Cobo Bay with its fine sandy beach which is one of the most popular on the island.  The spectacular viewpoint at Le Guet is not to be missed as you make your way along the coast. A detour to visit the gardens at Saumarez Park is a must to see their Victorian walled garden and to explore this National Trust estate.

Overnight: Vale area


Day 5: Vale area to St Peter Port –  10 miles (16km)

The north of the island is punctuated by small rocky inlets where you see brightly coloured boats of lobster fishermen bobbing in the sea as they land their daily catch.

The churches of Vale and St Sampson have a long and varied past and are well worth exploring.

The coast path then brings you back around to the start of the walk in St Peter Port.

Overnight: St Peter Port


Day 6: Choose one of the neighbouring islands to explore

You are spoilt for choice this morning with the islands of Sark and Herm on your doorstep. Both and both of them offer great walking opportunities.   

Sark: Sark has spectacular walking with one of the most admired points  being the knife edged arête La Coupee which connects Sark with Little Sark. You can spend the day exploring the south (9.5 miles) or the north (6.25 miles) or both if you have the time!

Overnight: St Peter Port

Transport: Ferries to Sark operate daily and take 40mins - Sark Shipping Company.


Herm: Herm is a gem of an island with enough to explore to keep you busy for the day.  The walk around the coast path is 4 miles long which gives you plenty of time to take in the fine coastal views or do a bit or puffin spotting at Point Sauzebourge.

Overnight: St Peter Port

Transport:  Daily ferries operate from St Peter Port and take 20mins - Travel Trident.


Day 7: Onward Travel

Additional Nights and Extensions

Many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk to sample more of the wonderful walking and attractions available on Guernsey. Extra nights can be added anywhere along the walk although we would recommend an extra night in St Peter Port as there is an abundance of inland walks which can be accessed by local bus from here.


Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most accommodations are more than happy to provide a packed lunch - this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs or restaurants.


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.

Walking Direction

We offer this walk in a clockwise direction around the island starting and finishing in St Peter Port


Additional Nights and Extensions

Many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk to sample more of the wonderful walking and attractions available on Guernsey. Extra nights can be added anywhere along the walk although we would recommend an extra night in St Peter Port as there is an abundance of inland walks which can be accessed by local bus from here


Grade

This route is graded as easy to moderate, it is mainly walking on existing pathways, bridleways and some minor roads. Beach walking is an option depending on the tides


Navigation

The route is not extensively waymarked but is easily navigated with the guidebook and map that we will provide. It is always useful to be able to navigate with a compass in case of adverse weather


Solo Walkers

We welcome solo walkers on Guernsey although you should, of course, take extra care in the outdoors when walking solo. A supplement will apply to baggage transfers.


Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most accommodations are more than happy to provide a packed lunch - this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs or restaurants.


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.


General Information

The distances are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all essentials, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, and sunscreen.


Travel Insurance

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

Getting to and from Guernsey


By Air: You can fly direct from London Gatwick and Stansted or
a number of regional airports. Flights from the UK take as little as
45mins. You can also fly from some European destinations to Guernsey.
Flight operators include Aurigny , Blue Islands and Flybe. There are regular buses from the airport to St Peter Port (20mins)




By Car: We don't recommend that you take your car to Guernsey as using public transport is by far the best way to get around the island. Long term parking is expensive. There is limited unsecure on street parking in the outlying residential areas.


By Ferry: There are regular direct ferries from Poole (3hrs), Weymouth (2.5hrs) or Portsmouth (11.5hrs). All routes are with Condor Ferries.

Included

  • Bed and breakfast accommodation in ensuite rooms wherever possible
  • Door to door baggage transfer.
  • A detailed info pack, guidebook and map
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem

Excluded

  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Entrance fees (where applicable)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transport should you need to skip a stage

We are often asked the following questions and hope that you will find the answers useful.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more advice or specific questions about the walk.

How fit do I need to be?

The Guernsey Coastal Path is an easy and accessible walk. That said there will be a number of ascents and descents.  It helps to have done some multi day walking before and regular cardio vascular exercise prior to your holiday will increase your fitness levels and therefore your enjoyment of the walk.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this route is very popular. Given its easy accessibility from the UK and the sunny climate, the trail can get busy - especially in the summer months. To ensure you have quality accommodation, on or near to the trail its best to book as soon as you know your available dates.   

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. You can download a full equipment list from the downloads page of our website. 

When is the best time of year?

This walking holiday can be enjoyed from March to October. Summer can be hot on the Channel Islands and very busy especially over the school holidays. We would advise walking in the spring to see the wild flowers that border the fields you walk through. Check out a beautiful video of A Full Day in Guernsey.

Am I able to take my dog?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop. In some cases the baggage transfer service that takes your bags on to your next accommodation may be able to assist. Our office can assist with helpful advice should you need to arrange transport for yourself or anyone in your party.

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  • Great accommodations (11)
  • Well organised (11)
  • Fun (5)

Cons

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  • Holiday (10)
  • Trying something new (7)
  • Relaxation (5)
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4.0

Guernsey Coastal Path

By Carol and Tom Lomax

from Bolton, Lancashire

About Me Occasional Traveller

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Relaxation
    • Stunning scenery
    • Trying Something New

    Comments about macs adventure Guernsey Coastal Path:

    Guernsey is a relatively easy coastal path to do in a weeks holiday. The second day from Saints Bay to Vazon Bay was a challenge, lots of steps but it had the best of the scenery. We had the good fortune to see a pod of dolphins. The accommodation booked by Macs were all well placed and all were comfortable with great food. Our bags were always at the next accommodation when we arrived. The Fleur de Jardin in our opinion was the best and was exceptional, the room was lovely and the food was really good, well worth a stay. The 2nd half of the walk from Vazon back to St Peter Port is less strenuous , being flatter, but the scenery is not as stunning. The only negative is the walk passes an ugly, smelly, landfill site, so we got a wriggle on to pass this as quickly as possible, but it is a brief necessary part of the walk. St Peter Port is delightful with lots of good eating places, our favourite was Dix Neuf. Our base hotel in St Peter Port, the Duke of Normandie , was also very comfortable with a great pub and lovely staff. On our free day we took the 20 minute ferry over to Herm, the weather was gorgeous. What a little gem this is, fab beaches, stunning coastline and the walk round it is only 4 miles. All the people we met on Guernsey and Herm were helpful and very friendly. All in all we had a superb time. This is our 4th trip with Macs and we have never been disappointed. Already looking at the Jersey coastal path walk.

     
    4.0

    Guernsey Walk: what you need to know that no one tells you

    By SMG

    from Boston

    About Me Occasional Traveller

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Not very good directions from Macs.
      • Poor Accommodations
      • Some days way too strenuous; others too easy

      Best Uses

      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Guernsey Coastal Path:

      Some lovely accommodations but no info about the wind we would encounter. Poorly planned days: one day very long and strenuous for no apparent reason except an nice accommodation.

       
      5.0

      a wonderful experience

      By brian

      from london

      About Me Occasional Traveller

      Pros

      • Fun
      • Great Accommodations
      • Well Organised

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Holiday

        Comments about macs adventure Guernsey Coastal Path:

        The walks were scenic and the lodgings friendly, clean and comfortable. Could not ask for more

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Getting lost in Guernsey

        By Bunty

        from Port Glasgow

        About Me Occasional Traveller

        Pros

        • Nice Scenery

        Cons

        • Paths Not Obvious

        Best Uses

        • Trying Something New

        Comments about macs adventure Guernsey Coastal Path:

        South of the island is beautiful with rugged cliffs and beaches, the North is less attractive, and the routes are not easily found.
        Some lovely flowers to admire, and when the sea haar lifts the views are excellent.
        Sadly the dullness of the last two days walking were very disappointing.
        Guernsey needs better path signs, and more of them to attract more walkers.
        Accommodation was varied, from basic to excellent, as was the availability of quality restaurants.

         
        4.0

        Lovely coastline

        By Patty and Joe

        from Dallas

        Pros

        • Fun
        • Great Accommodations
        • Well Organised

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Relaxation
          • Trying Something New

          Comments about macs adventure Guernsey Coastal Path:

          The final day of hiking was disappointing. The coastal path dies at Fort Doyle and the directions are confusing. We had to use our GPS and the kindness of strangers to get back to Saint Peter Port.

           
          4.0

          A Lovely Island Walk

          By Rambling Sid.

          from Plymouth

          About Me Seasoned Rambler

          Pros

          • Great Accommodations
          • Well Organised

          Cons

          • None Of These

          Best Uses

          • Holiday

          Comments about macs adventure Guernsey Coastal Path:

          A not too demanding walk apart from the first two days when one encounters more steps than you can expect in a day than the South West Coastal Path. The remaining days walks are easy but very pleasant with plenty of variations on the coast. Apart from St Peter Port it is strongly recommended that bookings are made in the hotels provided where incidentally the food was excellent.

           
          5.0

          Guernsey Coastal Path

          By Mike

          from Scottish Highlands

          About Me Old Frequent Traveller

          Pros

          • Excellent Facilities
          • Fabulous Views
          • Great Accommodations
          • Superb Path
          • Well Organised

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Holiday
            • Relaxation
            • Trying Something New

            Comments about macs adventure Guernsey Coastal Path:

            Well organised trip with superb accommodation. Super destination with lots of history. Very varied walking from exposed cliff top paths to ambles along sandy beaches. Despite going in high summer there was still a feeling of getting away from it all. Second day was fairly hard going after a fairly strenuous first day but there are plenty of chances to shorten the route if you are feeling a bit tired. The third day is really a rest day but very enjoyable ambling along some lovely beaches and a good chance for a dip.

             
            4.0

            Great vacation

            By Teresa

            from Powell River, BC

            About Me Avid Adventurer, Exerienced Hiker

            Pros

            • Fun
            • Great Accommodations
            • Well Organised

            Cons

            • Hard To Find A Few Hotels

            Best Uses

            • Holiday
            • Relaxation

            Comments about macs adventure Guernsey Coastal Path:

            Guernsey is a beautiful and interesting place to visit. Macs Adventures made it a worry free vacation. Luggage was transported each day and staff at all the accomodations were polite and curtious. We would definantly consider using Macs Adventures for futures trips.

             
            5.0

            Yes that was OK

            By Margaret

            from Aberdeen

            About Me Keen walker, Occasional Traveller

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Great Accommodations
            • Well Organised

            Cons

            • Challenging

            Best Uses

            • Holiday
            • Trying Something New

            Comments about macs adventure Guernsey Coastal Path:

            Accommodation very good - spoilt by third hotel - too far from route/nice bedroom though. Quite Challenging to follow coastline during first two days - keep a close eye on map! Guernsey is walker- friendly. Beautiful scenery. Varied coastline. Plenty to occupy visitors in addition to Walking the Coast.
            Visiting Sark - wonderful - especially La Seigneurie Gardens.

             
            4.0

            Excellent walking and accommodation

            By ERNST

            from CANBERRA

            About Me World Traveller

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Great Accommodations
            • Well Organised

            Cons

            • Accommodation
            • No Directions To Find The

            Best Uses

            • Holiday

            Comments about macs adventure Guernsey Coastal Path:

            A LOVELY WALK GOOD ACCOMMODATION LUGGAGE TRANSFER WORKED WELL
            ONLY NEGATIVE WAS THE LACK OF INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO FIND EACH NIGHT'S ACCOMMODATION, WHICH WAS ALWAYS WELL OFF THE COASTAL PATH

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