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Situated in the English Channel, closer to France than England the unique fusion of influences are an enticing mix on the sunshine island of Jersey. What better way to experience it all than walking around the entire 48 mile coastline. You can be walking atop rough and rugged cliffs one minute and along a seemingly endless stretch of golden sand the next.
For an island that’s only five miles by nine miles Jersey really manages to pack in the sights which include the famous Mont Orgueil Castle and Seymour Tower. The sound of the sea is never far away as you walk atop the soaring sea cliffs with the gulls above your head and the sea glistening beneath you.
The walk starts in St Helier, a busy bustling town and the capital of Jersey. Take time to explore St Helier before you start your coastal walk. Wander around the Central Market taking in the colourful array of fruit, vegetables and flowers, browse round the independent boutique shops or visit the Jersey museum to learn about the history of the island.
Jersey is easily accessible from the UK and Europe with regular flights from many airports and ferries from Weymouth, Poole and Portsmouth.
Leaving lively St Helier behind you the fist part of the coastal path is an easy walk along the seafront taking in St Aubins Bay. At low tide you can walk out to Elizabeth Castle which has defended Jersey for over 400 years. St Aubins is a lovely little seaside village with colourful houses and pretty harbourside cafes. It makes a great place to stop and refresh.
As you walk round the headland in the south west corner of Jersey, pause for a minute to take in ‘La Corbiere’, an iconic lighthouse which has saved many a ship from becoming wrecked on the rocky shore.
Overnight: St Brelade
Todays walk starts on a high with the long sandy beach of St Ouens Bay. This is the perfect opportunity to take off your socks and boots and have a paddle or watch the surfers out to sea. Visit the National Trust site of Le Noir Pre or ‘The Orchid Field’ which are a riot of colour in May and June.
Once you reach the north west corner of the island the scenery changes dramatically from gentle sandy beaches and wide open views to rocky coves and dramatic cliffs.
Overnight: La Greve de Lecq
Here you meet the rough and rugged coastline of the North coast, you will certainly notice the stark contrast with the south of the island. Steep heather and bracken clad cliffs dominate and around every corner you really are greeted by a different view.
There are many viewpoints along the way including The Devils Hole. This dramatic natural feature is a collapsed cave and makes a great spot to watch the sea swells and the wildlife. A real highlight of the north coast. Admire the glorious views over to Sark from the most northerly tip of the island Sorel Point.
Overnight: Gorey Bay
The stunning scenery continues as you leave Bouley Bay and walk around the north east of the island. The east facing coast is sheltered from the westerly winds and is where the rolling farmland and fields meet the sea.
The headland at Fliquet Bay is Jersey’s closest point to France and on a clear day the fishing ports of Carteret and Portbail can be seen.
A picnic on St Catherine’s Bay makes a nice lunch stop before continuing onward to Gorey Bay with it’s imposing castle - Mont Orgueil, possibly Jersey’s finest.
Overnight: Gorey Bay or St Helier
You can leave a bit later this morning after a long and leisurely breakfast as the walk from Gorey Bay to St Helier is a shorter one. South of Gorey Harbour you reach the Royal Bay of Grouville with its massive tidal reaches. When the tide is out the low lying reef and rocks make the landscape lunar-like. It is well worth planning in time to explore with an experienced guide to learn about the rich maritime life beneath the sea.
Along this stretch of coast you will see numerous Jersey Round Towers built to defend this vulnerable stretch of the coast.
Rounding the south east corner of the island It is an easy walk back to St Helier where the walk ends.
Overnight: St Helier
One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the accommodation. We specifically choose the Inns, Guesthouses and B&B’s to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay.
They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We always try and book your accommodation as close as possible to the line of the trail.
Due to limited accommodation availability for one night stays we may have to accommodate you in one location for more than one night. If this is the case, Jersey has an excellent local bus network which can be used to travel to the start of the walk.
If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.
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.
We offer this walk in a clockwise direction around the island starting and finishing in St Helier.
Many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk to sample more of the wonderful walking and attractions available on Jersey. Extra nights can be added anywhere along the walk although we would recommend an extra night in St Helier as there is an abundance of inland walks which can be accessed by local bus from here.
This route is graded as moderate, it is mainly walking on existing pathways, bridleways and some minor roads. Beach walking is an option depending on the tides.
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.
We welcome solo walkers on Jersey although you should of course take extra care in the outdoors when walking solo. A supplement will apply to baggage transfers.
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.
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.
The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jackets and pants), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking shoes or boots, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.
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 these ferries and you 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.
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.
The Jersey Coastal Path is an easy and accessible walk. That said there will be a number of ascents and descents - most noticeably in the north of the island. 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.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this route is very popular. Given its easy accessibilty 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.
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.
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.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.
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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Comments about macs adventure Jersey Coastal Path:
We were blessed with great weather & this was a bonus. The path isn't always clearly marked & there is a little road walking. The walks took longer than reccomended & the first day was a lot longer than expected. A bus connection was needed on the first day so remember to pick up a bus timetable before you start the walk. The taxi transfers were excellent.
Comments about macs adventure Jersey Coastal Path:
Big thanks to Macs for organising my Jersey Coastal Path Walk!
The walk takes you on the coastal path around Jersey - a combination of cliff paths, beach walking, woodlands and seaside villages. The path had enough stairs, hills and add-on detours to provide a challenge. But I still had time (and energy) each day to enjoy the historical sites, beautiful scenery and delicious local seafood.
Macs provided really clear material for self-guiding and logistics like the bag transfer were fantastic. Most of the accommodation was on or near the path and simple to locate. Public transport was only required at one point. It would have been handy to have a bus timetable included in the info pack but it is easy to work it out for yourself. At the end of each walking day, my bag was waiting for me at a clean, well equipped and welcoming hotel or guesthouse.
As the guidebook indicates, the last day of the walk is the least spectacular and you can rush it. If you don't have any extra time on Jersey you could skip the last few miles of the walk and catch a bus inland to the Durrell Conservation Centre or Jersey War Tunnels which are both well worth a visit.
I did this walk solo and felt totally safe and secure at all times before and during the trip. Jersey is a picturesque and friendly island with mild weather and great conditions and set-up for walking. It is a perfect location for a self-guided walking holiday and would particularly suit those with an interest in history, wildlife or nature.
When I book my next walking holiday (which I am already planning after this fabulous experience) I will certainly be going with Macs Adventure.
Comments about macs adventure Jersey Coastal Path:
A lovlely walk with lots of contrast. Waymarking is a bit erartic, but not too much of a problem. The last day should be walked when the tide is out, otherwise it's along a very busy road.