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2012

Saturday 15 - Saturday 22 September

The Around Island Walk 2 Guides, 5 days, 50 miles!

AT THE END OF THE DAY

Explore the island after sundown

Behind Enemy Lines

An Island Fortress - discover darker days

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Important Notes for Participating Walkers Although there may be opportunities to stop for refreshments along your route, you are advised to bring a packed lunch on the full day walks. Unless otherwise stated, all routes are circular and will bring you back to your starting point. All routes where possible have been programmed to coincide with local bus services. Unless otherwise stated, these escorted walks do not require pre-booking; just turn up on time at the meeting point to partake. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please bring suitable clothing and footwear for your walk. Whilst many of the walks are on country lanes, some are on coastal paths, off road or on the beaches, so walking boots or stout shoes with good grips are recommended. Staying safe is your own responsibility - please look after yourself and other members of your group. Let someone know where you are going and what time you are likely to be back - mobile phone reception is patchy on the coast. Informal paths leading to beaches can be dangerous and are best avoided. Keep to the path and stay away from cliff edges - a slip or trip could be fatal. Remember that some cliffs overhang or are unstable. If walking on the beach, please be aware of tides, streams that cross the beach and sand that can be very soft in places. In an emergency dial 999. Learn where you are walking to be able to accurately report your position. Whilst the walks in this programme have been designed to suit all abilities, please take care in choosing your walk and consider carefully whether you can complete the longer walks. All persons participating in any aspect of this programme do so at their own risk and neither Jersey Tourism nor their appointed agents and guides can take responsibility for personal injury. Please note that all distances shown are approximate. The guides reserve the right to refuse participation to any walker if they are not suitably attired or in the guide’s opinion feel they would be unsuitable to undertake the walk. All specified public bus routes and timings are correct at time of print. For updated information, contact Connex – Tel: 01534 877772. Connex also offer special unlimited travel passes. Jersey Tourism can accept no responsibility for any subsequent alteration to bus timings and routes shown in this programme. All suggested bus routes start and finish at Liberation Station in St Helier.


What Jersey lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in natural beauty, stunning scenery and rich heritage. Whether you choose to venture along the dizzying heights of the north coast cliffs, stroll down shady lanes to picturesque villages or take a laid-back coastal jaunt, you’re sure to find a walk to suit you. Without doubt, it’s the best way to discover the real heart of Jersey. Unless otherwise stated, the majority of walks in the programme are free of charge and all are in the company of the Island’s most respected and experienced walking guides.

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HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

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Around Island

Join Blue Badge Guide Arthur Lamy and Bronze Award Guide Christine Sangan for a week of exploration and fun on this unique walking extravaganza. Spectacular headlands and beaches, historic towers and castles, ancient burial chambers and “Green Lanes” - these are just some of the experiences you’ll encounter on this five-day, 48 mile trek that aims to take in all of Jersey’s coastline. Your guides will ensure you are suitably looked after throughout the week as well as providing ample supplies of encouragement. Courtesy coach transfers are included to take you to the start point each day, except for Monday 17th September when the walk starts from Liberation Square, St Helier. Don’t forget to bring along a packed lunch. The registration fee for the five-day walk is £25 and advance reservations for this walk, including the coach service, are required – call Jersey Tourism: 01534 448877. 2


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Nearer to France – Closer to Home l 10:00 – 13:00 Meeting point: Archirondel – car park on the main road next to the Wayside Cross, St Martin – please use main road car park, not the café car park Guide: Remi Couriard – Please call Remi should you require more information – 07797 768058 Grade: Moderate - 6m (9.6k) Bus: 2 Throughout history, this unspoilt bay has seen much military activity; now only the Jersey Round Tower stands guard. Hear about the southerly arm of St Catherine’s unfinished harbour and the bay, before heading to higher ground above Jersey’s ‘Côtils’, the steep slopes best used for growing our famous Jersey Royal potatoes. Leave behind the panoramic views of the French coast as you wander into woodlands, passing Rosel Manor, on your return to Archirondel. Corbière Lighthouse – Seeing the Light l 12:00 – 14:00 Meeting point: advised when booking Price: £12 (includes a donation to RNLI) Booking essential – Call 01534 448877 or pop into Jersey Tourism Guide: Sue Hardy Grade: Easy – 1m (1.6k) + steps! Bus: 12,12a, Explorer Blue A rare opportunity to see inside the famous lighthouse of La Corbière and explore the dramatic headland with tales of tides and shipwrecks, the building of the lighthouse and the men who kept watch for over 100 years. Cross the causeway, uncovered at half tide, and climb up the spiral staircase to the lantern room to discover the intricacies of 19th, 20th and 21st century technology, and to enjoy spectacular views. 4


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The Oyster Trail l 12:00 – 14:00 Meeting point: advised when booking Price: £12.50 adults, £6.25 children Booking essential – Call 07797853033 or email info@jerseywalkadventure.co.uk Guides: Derek Hairon and Trudie Trox Grade: Easy – 2m (3.2k) you may get wet feet! Visit the oyster and mussel beds off La Rocque Harbour. Hear about the fascinating history of the cultivation of shellfish in Jersey, the biggest in the British Isles. At the end of the walk sample oysters, which chefs consider an absolute delicacy. Moonwalk to Seymour Tower l 11:30 – 14:30 Meeting point advised when booking Price: £10 Booking essential – Call 07797 718472 or email andrew@seajersey.com Grade: Moderate 4m (6.4k) Forget the rest of the world for a few hours and take a wander with the Island’s most experienced seashore guide, marine biologist Andrew Syvret. Experience some of the most remarkable marine habitats on the planet, visit this iconic landmark and watch precious wildlife - with a true local.

Classic Cattle l 13:45 – 17:00 Meeting point: Gunsite Café, Beaumont Guide: Hugh Gill Grade: Moderate – 4.5m (7.2k) Bus: 9, 12, 12a, 14, 15, Explorer Blue Enjoy an afternoon walk through country lanes and wooded valleys, passing old mills and granite houses. The highlight of the walk will be visits to both the Blanc Pignon and Manor (Classic Herd) Farms, working farms filled with prize cows, Jersey bulls, calves, pigs and piglets. Both farms have a reputation for producing some of the best Jersey cows and bulls in the island and Manor Farm is now producing prize-winning cheese from their own rich Jersey milk. Deceptively Calm l 14:00 – 16:00 Meeting point: St Brelade’s Church, Lych Gate, St Brelade’s Bay Guide: Ian Ronayne Grade: Easy 3m (4.8k) Bus: 12, 14, 12a, Explorer Blue St Brelade’s and Ouaisné Bays on Jersey’s southwest coast are among the finest in the Island. Yet today’s picturesque and tranquil appearance masks a military past that saw them ringed with forts, towers and guns during the Napoleonic and Second World Wars. This walk around the bays visits many of the surviving fortifications and examines their function and importance in defending this part of Jersey. In addition, we visit the site of a Second World War graveyard and soldier’s rest home and recall Jersey’s sacrifice in the Great War. If you are in need of refreshments at the end of the walk, St Brelade’s Bay offers a host of options.

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Enemy Across the Water l 10:00 - 13.00 Meeting point: Outside Archirondel Café, Archirondel, St Martin Guide: Ian Ronayne Grade: Moderate 4m (6.4k) Bus: 2 St Catherine’s Bay contains one of the Island’s most enigmatic sights - a massive breakwater stretching out to sea with apparently little purpose other than angling and the shelter of a few small boats. The nearby coast of France - for so long home to the enemy holds a clue to its existence, however. So too does the stump of massive blocks found at Archirondel, where our walk starts and ends and where we find the first of three Napoleonic-era towers and several WW2 German bunkers. After leaving the coast, 6

we turn inland past the site of a hurriedly established gun battery and a long established feudal manor, before returning through peaceful woods for a visit to a remarkable and very substantial reminder of the German occupation. St Helier – Occupation to Liberation l 10:30 – 13:00 Meeting point: Jersey Tourism, Liberation Place, St Helier Guide: Martin Walton Grade: Easy – 2.5m (4k) Jersey was occupied by the Germans throughout World War II. Visit sites around St Helier’s Harbour with poignant reminders of events from both the Occupation and Liberation of the Island. Hear what really happened during those fateful days.

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Easy like Sunday Morning l 10:30 – 14:00 Meeting point: St Saviour’s Parish Hall, St Saviour’s Hill Guide: Remi Couriard Grade: Moderate / Difficult – 5m (8k) Bus: 23 Breathe in the new day and ‘chill out’ on this Sunday morning jaunt around tranquil St Saviour - a parish with the smallest coastline but a huge green heart. Meander past fields of Jersey’s precious cows and through valleys dotted with some of the Island’s finest granite homes, following watercourses that feed a reservoir reflecting a way of life not normally associated with this sleepy Parish.


Corbière Lighthouse – Seeing the Light l 12:00 – 14:00 Meeting point: advised when booking Price: £12 (includes a donation to RNLI) Booking essential – Call 01534 448877 or pop into Jersey Tourism Guide: Sue Hardy Grade: Easy – 1m (1.6k) + steps! Bus: 12, 12a, Explorer Blue A rare opportunity to see inside the famous lighthouse of La Corbière and explore the dramatic headland with tales of tides and shipwrecks, the building of the lighthouse and the men who kept watch for over 100 years. Cross the causeway, uncovered at half tide, and climb up the spiral staircase to the lantern room to discover the intricacies of 19th, 20th and 21st century technology, and to enjoy spectacular views. National Trust for Jersey Walk - Inter-Tidal Zone l 12:00 – 15:00 Meeting point: Advised when booking Price: £5 non members, free to NT members Booking essential – Call 01534 483193 Guide: Bob Tompkins Join Bob Tompkins, a local naturalist on a walk out to and beyond Icho Tower to learn about how the weather and tidal streams play a major role in forming the feeding grounds and beach scrapes used by shore birds and waders along the south east coast.

Moonwalk to Icho Tower l 12:00 – 15:00 Meeting point: advised when booking Price: £10 Booking essential – Call 07797 718472 or email andrew@seajersey.com Grade: Moderate 2.5m (4k) Forget the rest of the world for a few hours and take a wander with the Island’s most experienced seashore guide, marine biologist Andrew Syvret. Experience some of the most remarkable marine habitats on the planet, visit this iconic landmark and watch precious wildlife - with a true local. Wild Vegetables of the Ocean l 12:30 – 15:00 Meeting point: advised when booking Price: £14.50 adults, £7.25 children Booking essential – Call 07797853033 or email info@jerseywalkadventure.co.uk Guides: Derek Hairon and Trudie Trox Grade: A gentle walk in the intertidal zone, expect to get your feet wet up to your knees! Inspired by Asian and Irish traditions, modern chefs are increasingly using seaweeds in their recipes; Seabass on a bed of Bladderwrack or Dulse and smoked fish tart. For centuries Jersey’s seashore has been highly valuable to farmers as a source of fertiliser for the Jersey Royal Potatoes. Cosmetics, food flavourings and medicine utilise the remarkable properties of algae. Join us on a guided walk on the seabed in search of these remarkable plants. Learn about their culinary and medicinal uses along with the history of seaweed gathering. All around Jersey a harvest of sea vegetables is waiting to be foraged to enrich our daily cooking – or an invigorating bath. 24ct Gold Plated l 14:00 - 16:30 Meeting point: War Memorial near St. Brelade’s Churchyard, St Brelade’s Bay Guide: Pete Webb Grade: Moderate – 2.5m (4k) Bus: 12, 12a, 14, Explorer Blue Wealth, since time immemorial, appears to be a tradition in this corner of the Island. Evidence of medieval wealth from the Middle Ages to the present day exist for you to witness with extraordinary wall paintings to savour in a thousand year old chapel. The beauty of the bay of St. Brelade often overshadows the money side of it, but we enjoy a morning full of famous names and residents, drooling over the ambience of a holiday destination that is home to the fortunate few. Discover, too, much more than just wealth on this walking extravaganza as we explore a photogenic coastline of amazing cliff and rock formations and an overwhelming vision of pure 24ct Gold Plated luxury. 7


Around Island Walk Day 1 – St Helier to Gorey l 09:30 – 17:30 Meeting point: Liberation Square, St Helier Booking essential – call: 01534 448877 Grade: Difficult – 8m (13k) Join your guides on a five day trek that will take in every inch of the Island’s coastline. This route along the east coast is by far the flattest part of the 5-day walk. Some sections may be completed along the beach. It starts with a short climb over Mount Bingham towards the east coast, passing Havre des Pas and the Victorian open-air swimming pool. The walk continues towards Gorey passing a number of forts and Jersey Round Towers, which were built in the 1780s and 90s.

‘Cliffs, Gorse and Cueillettes’ l 10:00 - 17:00 Meeting point: St Ouen’s Parish Hall Guide: Hugh Gill Grade: Moderate / Difficult – 9m (14.5k) Bus No: 8, 9 An all day circular ramble across cliff paths and through unspoilt country lanes in Jersey’s rugged north-west parish of St. Ouen. Stunning views await as you explore the glories of the gorse above L’Etacq on Les Landes, Jersey’s largest single expanse of maritime heath land and a designated Site of Special Interest (SSI). As befits a parish walk, you will pass the Parish Hall and school, the Parish Church, Millennium Stone and Cross - and a few ‘côtils’, where some of the best potatoes in the Island are grown. Lunch at Plemont Beach Cafe or bring sandwiches.

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German Fortification Coastal Trail l 10:30 – 13:00 Meeting point: Portelet Inn bus stop (public car park) Price: Entry to bunker is free, but donations to the Channel Island Occupation Society would be appreciated Guide: Martin Walton Grade: Easy - 1.5m (2.4k) Bus: 12a Set against the dramatic seascape of Noirmont, experience Jersey’s dry-land Battleship, Battery Lothringen - a relic of the German Occupation. Conclude with a guided visit inside the restored two storey subterranean Command Bunker where the oppressive and claustrophobic days of World War II are brought back to life with pinpoint detail and a museum display.


West Coast Wander l 10:45 – 13:15 Meeting point: L’Ouziere slipway, (beside Big Vern’s), St Ouen’s Bay Guide: Sue Hardy Grade: Easy – 2m (3.2k) Bus: 12a, Explorer Blue Jersey’s wonderful west coast provides a spectacular natural backdrop - from the beach with its historic fortifications to the dune grasslands and the dense reed-beds surrounding the pond which provide habitat for a variety of species throughout the year. Within the National Trust for Jersey’s Nature Reserve there is much to discover: in May and June there are wild orchids and many other rare and common plants in the wet meadows, and distinctive plants in sandy or salty areas. Overhead, you may observe the marsh harriers that nest here, along with the sights - and sounds - of many other birds. A host of insects, including butterflies, dragonflies and other creepy-crawlies, assure a constantly changing experience with their seasonal variation. Suitable footwear and binoculars recommended. Moonwalk on the Seabed to Icho Tower l 12:30 – 15:30 Meeting point: advised when booking Price: £14.50 adults, £7.25 children Booking essential – Call 07797853033 or email info@jerseywalkadventure.co.uk Guides: Derek Hairon and Trudie Trox Grade: Moderate – 2.5m (4k) you may get wet feet! Walk the gullies and gutters, cross sand bars and rock pools to discover Jersey’s very own wilderness area. Revel in the stillness and expanse of an area that is covered twice a day by the ocean. Participants should be prepared to get wet to the knee (and sometimes higher!). From Icho Tower, built in 1811, almost all the south coast of Jersey is visible. For centuries granite was quarried around Icho. Today the area is part of the Ramsar site stretching from La Colette (St Helier) to La Rocque and Seymour Tower. It is an important nesting site for sea birds, the cultivation of oysters and low water fishing.

Two Towers Walk to Seymour and Icho Tower l 12:15 – 16:45 Meeting point: advised when booking Price: £15 Booking essential – Call 07797 718472 or email andrew@seajersey.com Grade: Difficult 7m (11.3k) Forget the rest of the world for a few hours and take a wander with the Island’s most experienced seashore guide, marine biologist Andrew Syvret. Experience some of the most remarkable marine habitats on the planet, visit these iconic landmarks sitting almost 2 miles offshore and watch precious wildlife - with a true local. Hidden Gardens of Rozel l 14:00 – 17:30 Meeting point: Rozel Inn, Rozel Bay, St Martin Guide: Remi Couriard Grade: Moderate - 6m (9.6k) Bus: 3 There is nothing more enchanting than a secret garden. Beyond each filigree gate and behind every manicured hedge there are stories to tell; crumbling walls, terraces reclaimed by ivy, hidden glades, dolmens and ancient Manor houses. As well as great views of our cousins in Normandy, discover lovers and adventurers, pioneers and artists, peacocks and red squirrels around every corner of this beautiful parish. Ghost Walk 20:30 - 22:00 Meeting point: Advised at time of booking Price: £7 per person Booking essential – call: 01534 448877 Guide: Old Nick Grade: Moderate – 1.5m (2.4k) some steep hills! Bus: 12, 12a, 15 Prepare yourself for a spine-chilling evening discovering ghostly stories of Jersey’s sinister past as you embark on a nerve-jangling journey through one of the disturbingly dim corners of the island. As the experience takes place in the dark, please bring a torch, wear sensible outdoor clothing/shoes and take care on footpaths.

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Around Island Walk Day 2 – Gorey to Bouley Bay l 09:30 – 18:00 Meeting point: Liberation Square, St Helier for courtesy coach pick up Booking essential – call: 01534 448877 Grade: Difficult – 8m (13k) The walk starts at the Gorey bus terminus, below the impressive 13th century Mont Orgueil Castle that towers over the Royal Bay of Grouville. The walk then takes you to the mid-19th century naval harbour at St Catherine’s. Once past St Catherine’s and some delightful hidden coves, the walk gets more challenging as you head for the Island’s north coast, descending into picturesque Rozel Bay before the climb up towards Bouley Bay. Jersey Parish Walk – Parochial Pastimes 10:15 – 17:45 l Meeting point: St John’s Parish Church. Guide: Hugh Gill Grade: Moderate / Difficult – 10m (16k) or two circuits of 5.5m (8.8k) and 4.5m (7.2k) Bus: 25, 27 Explore one of the Island’s most rural parishes, journeying deep into the countryside through beautiful country lanes and the picturesque Mourier Valley. Discover paths hidden from all but the most persistent of ramblers. Pass ancient 10

churches, cemeteries, old Jersey houses and a manor house before returning to the Parish Church. Bring refreshments or a picnic and stop for lunch in St John’s Village at 13:15, heading off for the second circuit at 14:15 from the Parish Church should you only wish to join for the afternoon. Shipwrecked l 10:15 – 12:45 Meeting point: La Corbière public car park, rear of Corbière Phare Restaurant, St Brelade. Guide: Pete Webb Grade: Moderate – 2.5m (4k) Bus: 12, 12a, Explorer Blue How easy to miss the real story with such wonderful views along this coast, but lying beneath are macabre stories of shipwreckers and their gory trade. The unique sculpture trail leads us along the coast to discover the granite quarry that lined London’s Embankment. A pure maze of visual delights awaits the inquisitive. Nature spells out its own story too, with rare and very different flora, and the trail wanders off-road for this walk. See also where John Nettles lived while filming the ‘Bergerac’ series. This wild area of Jersey is known locally as Les Landes du Ouest, a designated SSI, and was once owned by the monks of Mont Saint-Michel, France.


Living With The Enemy – The Time Team Special l 10:30 – 12:45 Meeting point: Gunsite Café, Beaumont – Finish at Jersey War Tunnels, St Lawrence Guide: Tom Bunting Grade: Easy – 2m (3.2k) Bus: 9, 12, 12a, 14, 15, Explorer Blue to start point, 8, Explorer Red for your return Delve into life in Jersey when it was occupied in World War II. What was life like for everyday people? What did they eat? How did they know what was going on in the outside world? See original trenches built by the occupying forces as the walk passes from country lanes to woodland in an area excavated on Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’. Last stop is the famous Jersey War Tunnels; eat in the Sanctuary Restaurant or explore the tunnels for a truly evocative experience. (Lunch and entrance to the site at own expense). Valleys, Vines and Views l 10:30 – 13:45 Meeting point: St Mary’s Country Inn – rear car park, La Rue de Ste Marie, St Mary Guide: Remi Couriard Grade: Moderate - 5m (8.4k) Bus: 25, 27, 29 Wander through the beautiful lanes of St Mary, passing traditional granite houses along the way. Visit La Mare Wine Estate for a well deserved refreshment before taking in the views of France, the offshore reefs and other Channel Islands from the cliff paths on the north coast. Tales of Jersey’s heritage and the days of pirates all come alive on this exhilarating walk which ends back at St Mary’s Country Inn, where you may wish to have a drink or a spot of lunch.

Two Towers Walk to Seymour and Icho Tower l 12:45 – 17:30 Meeting point: advised when booking Price: £15 Booking essential – Call 07797 718472 or email andrew@seajersey.com Grade: Difficult 7m (11.3k) Forget the rest of the world for a few hours and take a wander with the Island’s most experienced seashore guide, marine biologist Andrew Syvret. Experience some of the most remarkable marine habitats on the planet, visit these iconic landmarks sitting almost 2 miles offshore and watch precious wildlife - with a true local. Icho and Seymour Tower Combined Walk l 13:15 – 17:45 Meeting point: advised when booking Price: £14.50 adults, £7.25 children Booking essential – Call 07797853033 or email info@jerseywalkadventure.co.uk Guides: Derek Hairon and Trudie Trox Grade: Difficult – 7m (11.3k) you may get wet feet! A unique experience to walk between the two coastal fortifications of Icho and Seymour Towers. The Two Tower Walk is only possible on big equinox tides, when the sun and moon combine to produce some of the lowest tides of the year. You will walk through gullies and gutters and past rocks that are normally submerged beneath the ocean. A good walking speed is required for this walk in order to keep up with the tide. l

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Wildflower Walk to Fern Valley l 14:00 – 17:00 Meeting point: St Andrew’s Church, St Andrew’s Park, First Tower Guide: Sue Hardy Grade: Easy – 3.5m (5.6k) Bus: 8, 9, 12, 12a, 14, 15, Explorer Blue or Red Weave your way through narrow lanes fringed with wildflowers to discover hidden Fern Valley, managed by The National Trust for Jersey. Board-walks take you over running water and trees provide a shady canopy. Climb steps to look out over treetops and admire the recently-planted woodland slopes before meandering along paths and quiet country roads as you re-cross the deep valley and return to the park. Michael’s “D-Day” Beach Walk l 14:05 – 16:05 Meeting point: Kempt Tower, Five Mile Road, St Ouen’s Bay Guide: Martin Walton Grade: Moderate - 1.5m (2.4k) Bus: 12a, Explorer Blue Discover Jersey’s “D-Day” Landing Beach with this stroll along the shore at St Ouen. Starting with the tower entry, experience what the German Occupation forces had in store for any attempted landing by the Allies. This fascinating tour details everything from landing and tank obstacles to the massive concrete fortified positions. After the walk there is an opportunity to enter the Military Museum at a reduced cost. Murder, Muck and Mayhem l 19:30 – 21:30 Meeting point: Royal Square, St Helier Guide: Tom Bunting Grade: Easy – 2m (3.2k) By the dim light of dusk, lift the veil on the murkier side of Jersey’s capital as you find yourself in parts of town that are ‘off the beaten track’. Gruesome events and bizarre characters, oddities and quirks, murder, muck and mayhem; within this twilight world, discover the events that really shaped the island. 12


Around Island Walk Day 3 – Bouley Bay to Grève de Lecq l 09:30 – 18:30 Meeting point: Liberation Square, St Helier for courtesy coach pick up Booking essential – call: 01534 448877 Grade: Difficult – 10m (16k) Be prepared for a strenuous day of undulating cliff paths through gorse and bracken as well as up and down the many little valleys carrying streams down from the Island’s lofty north coast. The route passes Jersey’s highest point at Les Platons, 113 metres, and the hidden coves at Bonne Nuit, before descending sharply to the finish in Grève de Lecq.

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A Village Life l 10:00 – 12:30 Meeting point: Gorey Pier bus stop, St Martin Guide: Sue Hardy Grade: Easy / Moderate – 3m (4.8k) Bus: 1, 2, Explorer Green First came the castle; then the harbour and, as the village evolved, it grew to accommodate the numbers of English oyster-fisherman who arrived during the 19th century. The steam railway and the coast road followed later, creating a thriving community that flourished in this beautiful village. Join your guide on a leisurely circular wander around Gorey and discover the secrets of the past and the changes that took place in the shadow of impressive, medieval Mont Orgueil Castle.

South-West Central Trail - Part 1 l 10:00 – 13:30 Meeting point: Corbière bus terminus, St Brelade (linear route) Guide: Remi Couriard Grade: Moderate /Difficult – 8m (12.9k) Bus: 12a to start point, 9, 12,12a, 14, 15, Explorer Blue for your return Discover the stunning scenery of Jersey’s south-west coast. Starting from the famous La Corbière lighthouse, follow the coastal path towards Beauport Bay. Enjoy the breathtaking ocean vistas of St Brelade’s Bay and Portelet Common as you head across Les Creux. Continue via inland country paths and lanes before descending into St. Aubin’s Bay for your lunch stop at the Gunsite Café. You can join part 2 of this walk for a full day walking experience if you wish. 13


Winding Lanes and Wild Coastlines l 10:30 – 13:30 Meeting point: Jersey Round Tower, Grève de Lecq, St Mary Guide: Tom Bunting Grade: Moderate – 4m (6.4k) Bus: 9, Explorer Blue Wander through the isolated private woods of Grève de Lecq and up to the winding green lanes of St Mary, past granite farms and cod houses, to the wind swept cliffs of the north coast. Spectacular views of the other islands and, occasionally the French coast, await as you return past the old militia shooting grounds and the ancient hill fort back to the bay where you may wish to have a well deserved leisurely lunch, afternoon tea or just an ice cream The More Le Mourier l 11:00 – 13:00 Meeting point: The Priory Inn, Devil’s Hole, St Mary Guide: Mike Stentiford MBE Grade: Moderate – 3.5m (5.6k) Bus: 27 Enjoy a not-overly-demanding 90 minute circular walk to the beautiful deep-cut Le Mourier Valley and the stunning coastal headland of Le Rivage, owned and managed by The National Trust for Jersey. Now part of Jersey’s Coastal National Park, the headland is home to a flock of very special long-horned sheep that play their own roles in this ambitious conservation project. 14

Quiet Back-Streets and Country Lanes l 13:00 – 17:00 Meeting point: Liberation Square, St Helier Guide: Hugh Gill Grade: Moderate - 6m (9.6k) Enjoy a varied and fascinating walk seeing the hidden side to Jersey’s capital. Wander along quiet streets lined with Georgian and Victorian buildings, leading out past meadows, woodland and country lanes. Head north through Regency St Helier toward Springfield and along wooded Vallée des Vaux up to the high ground, before dipping down into lovely Fern Valley. Return through one of the town’s 19th Century cemeteries and down Westmount (Gallows Hill) with expansive views over the town and Elizabeth Castle. Country Footsteps l 13:30 – 16:00 Meeting point: Lych Gate, St Lawrence Church Guide: Pete Webb Grade: Moderate – 3m (4.8k) Bus: 25, 27 Explore valleys, pastures and wooded cotils; smell and touch Jersey’s nature in deep, glorious countryside. Pink, Jersey granite farmhouses take you back to yesteryear, and bygone memories, as bubbling brooks meander the valley bottoms adding soft sounds and contentment to this beautiful walk.


Corbière Lighthouse – Seeing the Light l 14:30 – 16:30 Meeting point: advised when booking Price: £12 (includes a donation to RNLI) Booking essential – Call 01534 448877 or pop into Jersey Tourism Guide: Sue Hardy Grade: Easy – 1m (1.6k) + steps! Bus: 12, 12a, Explorer Blue A rare opportunity to see inside the famous lighthouse of La Corbière and explore the dramatic headland with tales of tides and shipwrecks, the building of the lighthouse and the men who kept watch for over 100 years. Cross the causeway, uncovered at half tide, and climb up the spiral staircase to the lantern room to discover the intricacies of 19th, 20th and 21st century technology, and to enjoy spectacular views. l

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Wild Vegetables of the Ocean 14:30 – 17:00 l Meeting point: advised when booking Price: £14.50 adults, £7.25 children Booking essential – Call 07797853033 or email info@jerseywalkadventure.co.uk Guides: Derek Hairon and Trudie Trox Grade: A gentle walk in the intertidal zone, expect to get your feet wet up to your knees! Inspired by Asian and Irish traditions, modern chefs are increasingly using seaweeds in their recipes; Seabass on a bed of Bladderwrack or Dulse and smoked fish tart. For centuries Jersey’s seashore has been highly valuable to farmers as a source of fertiliser for the Jersey Royal Potatoes. Cosmetics, food flavourings and medicine utilise the remarkable properties of algae. Join us on a guided walk on the seabed in search of these remarkable plants. Learn about their culinary and medicinal uses along with the history of seaweed gathering. All around Jersey a harvest of sea vegetables is waiting to be foraged to enrich our daily cooking – or an invigorating bath.

South-West Central Trail Part 2 l 14:30 – 17:30 Meeting point: Gunsite Café, Beaumont (linear route) Guide: Remi Couriard Grade: Moderate/Difficult – 6m (9.7k) Bus: 9, 12, 12a, 14, 15, Explorer Blue to start point, 25, 27 for your return From your lunch stop, follow the old Perquage path into St. Peter’s Valley passing Tesson Mill and head along woodland paths that pass the Jersey War Tunnels and some National Trust properties. Discover some very old roads and the tree lined “Green Lanes” of St. Lawrence as you head up to the parish church where the walk ends.

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Around Island Walk Day 4 – Grève de Lecq to Corbière l 09:30 – 18:30 Meeting point: Liberation Square, St Helier for courtesy coach pick up Booking essential – call: 01534 448877 Grade: Difficult – 12m (19k) Head south today as you follow the west coast from Grève de Lecq along the cliff path to Plémont. Passing Grosnez Castle, the racecourse and the Pinnacle Rock, the walk takes in the vast expanse of St Ouen’s Bay, known locally as the ‘Five Mile Road’, and ends up at the dramatic lighthouse at Corbière. Jersey Parish Walk – Small is Beautiful l 11:00 – 17:30 Meeting point: St Mary’s Parish Church. Guide: Hugh Gill Grade: Moderate - 7m (11.3k) Bus: 25, 27 Soak up some of the unspoilt pleasures of the Jersey countryside as you wander through the quiet green lanes of St Mary, one of the Island’s smallest parishes, and enjoy windswept views out to the other Channel Islands whilst walking along some of the most dramatic stretches of Jersey’s northerly coastline. Head towards Grève de Lecq, passing vineyards and valleys on the way and learn of the Island’s unique history before returning to the Parish Church. Stop off for refreshments along the way or bring a picnic. l ll l

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In The Steps of Vikings - St Clement l 10:30 – 13:30 Meeting point: St Clement Parish Hall, La Grande Route de la Côte, St Clement Guide: Martin Walton Grade: Moderate – 3m (4.8k) Bus: 1 This circular walk is always in sight of the sea, with spectacular views over the rugged southeast coast, favoured and named by Vikings. From a Napoleonic tower and remains of Jersey’s Eastern Railway, climb past a lighthouse and descend to the Church of St Clement with its magnificent medieval wall paintings. Return by narrow country lanes, passing a hidden dolmen and a green island. Finally, view the famous ‘Witches Rock’ and hear tales of ‘evil’ happenings. Secret Colours of St Lawrence l 13:15 – 17:00 Meeting point: St Lawrence Parish Church, St Lawrence Guide: Remi Couriard Grade: Moderate - 5m (8k) Bus: 25, 27 Enjoy a colourful ramble down the old ‘coffin route’ which leads into a mysterious valley. Here you can visit one of Jersey’s unseen private gardens, bursting with the colours of spring. Wander along peaceful country lanes discovering fascinating bygones of Jersey’s farming heritage and some beautiful granite farmhouses. As we return, reward yourself with a drink, at your own expense, in the pub opposite the picturesque parish church of St Lawrence.


Simple Pleasures l 13:40 – 16:15 Meeting point: St Mary’s Church Guide: Sue Hardy Grade: Easy – 3.5m (5.6k) Bus: 27, 29 A rural ramble reveals Jersey’s farming traditions with a visit to The Elms, headquarters of The National Trust for Jersey. Situated in splendid meadows with its walled garden and orchard, cider-press and the old bake-house, the buildings tell of agricultural and domestic changes. A circular walk reveals surprises and secrets, before returning to the centre of the parish, where the country pub offers refreshments. Forever Sunset l 17:00 – 19:30 Meeting point: La Corbière public car park, rear of Corbière Phare Restaurant, St Brelade. Guide: Pete Webb Grade: Moderate – 2.5m (4k) Bus: 12, 12a, Explorer Blue Heady feelings of romance fill the evening air as the cosmic golden fire touches the metal sea. As the present fades to dreams, wander La Lande du Ouest amid puce heather and golden gorse, and let the soft, salty air whisper stories of this ancient land. Weird, wiggly indentations penetrate the rocky shore and, in the distance, the ivory tower of light guides us west to witness and hold the day in our memory.

Around Island Walk Day 5 – Corbière to St Helier l 09:30 – 18:30 Meeting point: Liberation Square, St Helier for courtesy coach pick up Booking essential – call: 01534 448877 Grade: Difficult – 10m (16k) Today’s walk will start at the spectacular setting of Corbière Lighthouse and head back to the hustle and bustle of St Helier. The walk takes you along the rugged cliffs to Beauport before dropping down into the beautiful bay of St Brelade. Wander along the white sand before climbing to Noirmont Point and the war memorial before descending again into the harbour town of St Aubin and a walk along the beach towards St Helier. Certificates will be awarded at the end of the walk for those stalwarts who successfully completed all 5 sections of the walk. Weekly Walk from Les Charrieres Hotel l 10:00 – 12:30 Meeting point: Les Charrieres Country Hotel, in the foyer, St Peter Guide: Remi Couriard Grade: Moderate – 4m (6.4k) Bus: 8   Have you heard about Jersey’s Green Lanes? As walkers, you have priority here and can wander in peace and quiet past historic water mill sites, traditional Jersey granite houses and the lush valleys in the heart of St Mary. Immerse yourself in the verdant beauty of the island’s rural centre and, at the same time, gain an insight into the lifestyle of yesteryear. 17


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Jersey Parish Walk – Fertile Pastures and Fertile Seas l 10:00 – 16:00 Meeting point: Grouville Parish Hall Guide: Hugh Gill Grade: Moderate –8m (12.9k) Bus: 2 Enjoy a relaxing day on the east coast, taking in every aspect of this attractive parish. With a mixture of long coastline, low lying fertile land, high ground and beautiful valleys, the parish’s geography lends itself to wonderful walking. Oyster beds, a medieval church, ancient fortifications and spectacular views of Mont Orgueil Castle are all en route on this fascinating walk. Stop off for refreshments along the way or bring a picnic. Cows, Cockles and Cabbages l 10:00 – 12:30 Meeting point: Liberation Square, St Helier Guide: Sue Hardy Grade: Easy – 2m (3.2k) Immerse yourself in St Helier’s history during this comprehensive tour of the town. Discover the indoor Victorian markets, a medieval church, the peaceful square where the last battle in the British Isles took place, the Town Hall and the bronze statues of our most famous local residents! 18

The Five Parish Walk l 10:30 – 14:00 Meeting point: Jersey Goldsmiths, Lion Park, St Lawrence Guide: Tom Bunting Grade: Easy – 6m (9.6k) Bus: 27, 29 Most visitors assume that the Jersey parishes are just geographic area, but each one has its own history, traditions and administration and Jersey people take a great pride in the Parish in which they live. Discover these differences and learn about the ”Jersey ways” whilst we walk along the many green lanes and rarely used roads in St Lawrence, St Mary, St John, St Peter and St Ouen. Green Street to Gorey l 14:00 – 17:30 Meeting point: Slipway at the end of Green Street, Havre des Pas, St Helier Booking essential – call: 01534 448877 or call into Jersey Tourism Guide: Andrew Syvret Grade: Moderate – 7m (11.3k) Bus: 18 to starting point, 1 or 2 for your return Visit the beaches of five different parishes on a wander through the upper reaches of the Channel Island’s first Ramsar Wetland of International Importance on this new ebbing tide guided walk from Jersey’s former Coastal Officer, Andrew Syvret. From Havre des Pas, original site of the celebrated Jersey Marine Biological Station, stroll through Le Dicq and Grève d’Azette - favourite haunts of Victor Hugo. Next, you’ll discover Green Island, Le Hocq

and La Rocque, each with its own fascinating history, before heading round the south eastern corner of the Island to traverse the wide, rich sands of the Royal Bay of Grouville. The final part of the journey brings you to Mont Orgueil Castle, overlooking picturesque Gorey Harbour. This walk is free but numbers are limited so you will need to book. Napoleonic Sea Defence – Jersey’s Round Towers l 14.00 - 16.30 Meeting point: La Rocque Harbour bus stop/car park, Grouville Guide: Martin Walton Grade: Moderate – 4m (6.4 k) Bus: 1 Starting at historic La Rocque Harbour where the French landed in 1781, journey along the shore passing five Jersey Round Towers and a Fort. Hear tales of ‘vraic’ gathering and shipwrecks. Pass Harry Vardon’s statue at ‘The Royal Jersey Golf Club’ on Grouville Common and return via wooded lanes, passing a ‘lavoir’, a fisherman’s chapel and some old farm houses along the way.


Corbière Lighthouse – Seeing the Light l 14.00 - 16.30 Meeting point: advised when booking Price: £12 (includes a donation to RNLI) Booking essential – Call 01534 448877 or pop into Jersey Tourism Guide: Sue Hardy Grade: Easy – 1m (1.6k) + steps! Bus: 12, 12a, Explorer Blue A rare opportunity to see inside the famous lighthouse of La Corbière and explore the dramatic headland. Be entertained with tales of tides and shipwrecks, the building of the lighthouse and the men who kept watch for over 100 years. Cross the causeway, uncovered at half tide, and climb up the spiral staircase to the lantern room to discover the intricacies of 19th, 20th and 21st century technology, and to enjoy spectacular views.

Defence in Depth l 14:00 - 17.00 Meeting point: Outside St Ouen’s Parish Hall, St Ouen’s Village, St Ouen Guide: Ian Ronayne Grade: Moderate 4m (6.4k) Bus: 8, 9, Explorer Red Nowhere in the Island do you find a higher concentration of German fortifications than in St Ouen’s Bay. Here the occupiers not only constructed an immensely strong defensive line to halt invaders on the beach, but also created a second line of fortifications to prevent any attackers reaching the high ground surrounding the bay. On this panoramic walk, we visit some impressive remains of this second line of fortifications, including the forgotten remains of powerful artillery positions, which added to the bay’s defence in depth. Our walk also takes in the tranquil setting of St Ouen’s Church to recall the tragic impact of earlier conflicts on Jersey and some of its oldest families.

Hidden Heritage of St Aubin l 14:00 – 17:30 Meeting point: La Haule Manor Hotel – on the patio, St Aubin Guide: Remi Couriard Grade: Moderate - 4m (6.4k) Bus: 9, 12, 12a, 14, 15, Explorer Blue From the outskirts of St Aubin, find secret views of the Bay and glimpse into the past. Begin your journey through woods near the picturesque harbour, before venturing out (when tides allow) to St Aubin’s Fort, a Tudor stronghold rising from the sands. Enter a German war tunnel hidden deep beneath the hillside and pass through private gardens, idyllic woodlands, a quaint cobbled street lined with ‘Chocolate Box’ houses and a former railway line, now a peaceful country pathway for pedestrians and cyclists.

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Almost Downhill All the Way l 10:00 – 16:00 Meeting point: Bonne Nuit Harbour slipway, St John (linear walk) Guide: Arthur Lamy Grade: Moderate/Difficult – 6m (9.6k) Bus: 4 to starting point, 8, 9, 12, 12a, 14, 15, Explorer Blue or Red for your return Heading south today from the rocky windswept cliffs in the North, begin with a climb from the slipway at sea level to the heights of St. John. Follow a stream that rises in the north and trace its course as it flows south to the sea. Learn more about the Island’s glorious past as we walk through some of the prettiest scenery in Jersey. The walk finishes at the Old Station Café in St Aubin’s Bay. Bring a packed lunch and refreshments. St Aubin – Cod, Smugglers and Privateers l 10:30 – 13:30 Meeting point: St. Brelade’s Parish Hall, St. Aubin Guide: Hugh Gill Grade: Easy – 3m (4.8k) Bus: 12, 12a, 14, 15, Explorer Blue Enjoy a leisurely stroll exploring the picturesque 18th century harbour and town of St. Aubin. Learn of the riches gained from the sea, and from plundered French shipping, and admire the 17th and 18th century houses built by the merchants who created this little town. Head up the cobbled High Street, returning through quiet lanes and down the Railway Walk back to the Parish Hall. 20

Key to the Quay l 13:30 - 16:00 Meeting point: Jersey Tourism, Liberation Place, St Helier Guide: Pete Webb Grade: Easy – 2.5m (4k) Much old and much new to discover - from the days of steam, sail, warping stones and 19th century shipbuilding to the millionaire’s yacht marina and the amazing Castle Quay development. The Albert Pier keeps the RNLI lifeboat afloat and houses the Hyperbaric Treatment Centre. Interesting harbour furniture includes the signal stones, the quirky navigational co-ordinates, ships’ benches, Beaufort scale plaques and the largest steam clock in the world. Add to this the Maritime Museum, Jersey’s oldest powered lifeboat and a new million pound harbour walk and you will hold the key to the quay.


Russians and Raiders l 14:00 – 16:30 Meeting point: Next to the crane on Bouley Bay Pier, Bouley Bay, Trinity Guide: Ian Ronayne Grade: Moderate / Difficult 4m (6.4K) Bus: 4 While the towering cliffs of Jersey’s north coast appear to form a natural bulwark against attack, its many small bays and coves have always been chinks in the armour and heavily fortified as a result. On this walk, we visit some of these defences, from forts to bunkers, all set among some of Jersey’s most spectacular coastal scenery. Hear about the men stationed here over the centuries, from local militia to renegade Russians. We also retrace the steps of the only British Commando raid on Jersey during WW2, a courageous but ultimately tragic attempt to discover the truth about the German Occupation.

Three Sandy Bays l 14:00 – 17:30 Meeting point: Portelet Inn bus stop (public car park), St Brelade Guide: Remi Couriard Grade: Moderate – 4m (6.4k) Bus: 12, 12a Enjoy wonderful views of this beautiful corner of the Island. Listen to sea-faring tales while you discover vantage points created by the WWII occupying forces and the flora and fauna of Portelet Common. This is a romantic coastline of colour throughout all four seasons. Refreshments are available at the Smuggler’s Inn at Ouaisné Bay before returning to Portelet. l l

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