Best foot forward
With over 28 miles of spectacular cliff top paths, plus numerous bays, rural lanes and areas of common land, Guernsey offers walkers numerous opportunities to get out and about on foot.
“The Walking Map of Guernsey”, available free of charge, shows points of interest along the whole of Guernsey’s coast, as well as two suggested circular walks. The “Guernsey Coastal Walks and Nature Trails” guide lists 16 walks throughout the island and is available from The Guernsey Information Centre and other outlets for £7.50. Accredited guides will also take you on guided walks while in the spring and autumn there are walking festivals which provide great opportunities to learn more about the island, providing you with insights that you might otherwise miss.
Guernsey’s temperate climate and variety of habitat makes it an ideal place for many species of bird to nest or visit. There are RSPB walks throughout the spring and summer that will take you to the best places to observe them. You’ll also be able to see rare, semi-tropical species of plants growing wild, including aloes, Madeira geraniums and Kaffir figs.
Rugged headlines and peaceful woods
Lihou Island is an unspoilt uninhabited bird sanctuary reached by tidal causeway that also has the remains of a12th century priory. Rousse Headland is dominated by a Napoleonic Loop-holed Tower and battery. L'Ancresse Common includes a flat, wide sandy bay, fortifications and Les Fouaillages Neolithic burial mound, which is possibly the oldest man-made structure in Europe.
In springtime the bluebell woods make a spectacular excursion – the woodland floor becomes a carpet of blue beneath the budding tree canopy. L'Eree Headland offers sweeping views of Lihou Island and across the bay to Fort Grey while Pleinmont Headland has cliff walks, birds, flora and fauna in abundance. The nature trail from Cobo Bay to Saumarez Park also makes a marvellous walk. Fort Hommet Headland boasts a number of rich habitats including stabilized sand dune, wet meadow, heathland with rare species of plants, butterflies and birds. Here you’ll also discover Victorian fortification built to defend against the French and added to in 1942 by the occupying Nazi forces.