There are few better ways to experience Guernsey’s charming coastline, pine forests and historic fortresses than on two wheels. Whether you decide to seek cliff-tops views, meander along the shoreline or skirt farmer’s fields, The Old Government House Hotel & Spa or The Duke of Richmond are perfectly located points to peddle off from. Get out and see Guernsey’s gorgeous countryside on your next trip with our guide to cycling in Guernsey.
Top of the island
Explore twisty narrow lanes by bike and enjoy some of Guernsey’s most stunning beaches up close. This gentle inland route includes the part of Guernsey that was formerly the detached island the Clos du Valle, before General Sir John Doyle, Governor of Guernsey, masterminded its reclamation. The route affords multiple breath-taking vantage points and includes the serenely beautiful Ladies Bay, Bordeaux Harbour, Pembroke Bay and Fontenelle Bay. This is an ideal relaxed pace 10-mile loop for a balmy summer’s evening or laidback afternoon.
Talbot Valley circular
It would be difficult to find better cycling in Guernsey than this 11-mile steep rolling terrain route. A challenging ride up Talbot Valley to start warrants a pit stop at Moulin des Niots water mill, remodelled during the 1940’s German Occupation of Guernsey. The steep ascent is followed by a drop into Vauxbelets Valley, where the famous Little Chapel and Guernsey Clockmakers can be found. Further along the route, cyclists will spot the German Underground Hospital, a well known Guernsey landmark that’s a mesmerizing maze of tunnels built into solid rock. Finish with an exhilarating downhill sprint, arriving at St Mathew’s Church. The elevated view of Fort Hommet from here is one of the Island’s finest.
Country lanes and bluffs
For south-facing cliff-top sights and a relaxed pedal around Le Bigard’s quaint cottages and wildflower meadows, this easy going 6.75-mile mainly flat route is just the ticket. Hop off your bike and take some time to appreciate Le Gouffre, an outstandingly unspoilt bay. Enter the charismatic village of Le Variouf next, before descending into the delightful bay at the bottom of Petit Bôt Valley. The gorgeous stretch of coast that greets you is a very pretty place to pause, and more than worth the journey back up the slope.
Avoid the main roads and take to the scenic country passages instead with this varied riding 9.5-mile route. A popular choice for experienced cyclists in Guernsey, riders pass the lovely L’Ancress and Pembroke Bays as well as picturesque farmhouses during the course of this popular route which includes, as its name suggests, all five parishes in and around capital St Peter’s Port. From Icart Point, simply follow the Forest Road back to the hotel in St Peter Port.
Expect panoramic west coast vistas and views of St Saviour’s on this 7-mile undulating route with a steep beginning. Best for intermediate level riders, a large chunk of this route hugs Guernsey’s sublime Vazon and Perelle Bays, meaning each turn brings a new view to admire. Le Trepied Grave fort is an optional last port of call.
Staff at The Old Government House Hotel & Spa and Duke of Richmond are delighted to help keen cyclists with bike hire or route options.
Image Credits: Lead image © iStock/Imgorthand. Channel Islands landscape © iStock/chris2766. Couple mountain biking © iStock/simonkr. Moulin Huet Bay © iStock/VFKA.