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Caroline Black
Caroline Black

Adventure of the week: The Channel Islands: Jersey, Guernsey & Sark

With summer upon us where else better to explore than the wonderful Channel Islands; with their beautiful blend of British and French influences, crystal clear waters, quaint fishing ports and fresh seafood. The Islands are shaped by the sea where you can witness some of the world’s most astonishing tides; Jersey doubles in size twice a day meaning your view is ever-changing and always inspiring. The Islands are a tranquil haven for those looking to get away from the bustle of city life and enjoy the great outdoors; a place to relax and enjoy the meandering coastline paths, pristine white sandy beaches and hidden coves. So strap on your boots and let's take a wander on the Channel Islands: Jersey, Guernsey & Sark.

White beaches and turquoise seas

White beaches and turquoise seas.

In a Nutshell

Distance: 32 miles

Grading: This itinerary is graded easy to moderate. The trails on Jersey are a combination of dirt and gravel tracks with some quiet country roads. There are 45 miles of ‘green lanes’ where the maximum speed for traffic is only 15mph and priority is given to walkers. The walks on Guernsey follow the quiet coastal trails and on Sark, you will only find a tractor or two with no other vehicles allowed. This makes this trip excellent for families, first-time walkers and solo walkers as you can take the trails at your own pace and enjoy exploring these beautiful islands. Some trails follow cliff top paths which offer excellent panoramic views but caution must be taken and good footwear is recommended.

coast path on Jersey

Quiet coastal paths hug the islands

Where is it?

The Channel Islands are a cluster of islands south of Britain in the English Channel. These islands have been British Territories since the 12th century but are independent states with their own government and laws. The group of islands are in fact closer to France than the UK with Jersey being approx. 80 miles from the UK and only 20 miles from France. Our itinerary takes you across three of the islands with each one offering a unique and distinctive experience. Taking the Condor ferry from Jersey across to Guernsey and then the smaller passenger ferry from Guernsey to Sark allows you time to appreciate these remarkable coastlines from another perspective.

coastline of Guernsey

Hidden coves all to yourself

Why do it?

I couldn’t think of any reasons not to do this trip! The islands are perfect for exploring at a relaxed pace and adding in extra nights will allow you time to explore the rich history that these islands hold. The Islands have a unique heritage and have fascinating castles, museums, war tunnels and stately homes to bring this history to life and it is this aspect to the trip that makes this more than just a simple coastal walking holiday. At the end of your day's adventure the relaxed island lifestyle will soon take hold;  sitting out on a beachfront terrace watching the surfers catch the last wave and admiring the vibrant sun as it sets behind the glistening ocean. If you love food; you will love the Channel Islands - The islands may be small, but they are renowned for their local produce, especially fresh lobster and oysters from the clear waters, the creamy milk and butter from the farms and famous Jersey potatoes, eating out is always an experience from beach cafes to elegant restaurants.

St Aubin's Harbour

St Aubin's Harbour

Planning and preparation

If you want to walk on the islands of Jersey, Guernsey & Sark, then all you have to do is get yourself to Jersey. Jersey airport is serviced by several airlines and is only 5 miles from St Helier city centre making it very accessible. Alternatively, you can travel by ferry from Poole, Portsmouth or Weymouth with Condor Ferries. Returning home for Guernsey is also easy with a number of airlines operating out of Guernsey airport which only a few miles from the centre of St Peter’s Port. Again; you could always catch the Condor ferry back to Poole, Portsmouth or Weymouth. If you have any questions regarding this trip please get in touch with our team at info@macsadventure.com and they will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

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