If you’re one of those people who prefer a walking holiday in Jersey rather than a beach holiday, then we totally understand why. The varied landscape and the climate make Jersey the perfect place for walking, which is why there are planned walks throughout the year, spring walks, autumn walks, charity walks and even moon walks.
Maybe I should start with moon walks as you’re probably wondering what that’s all about. This is what some people call the area normally covered by sea on the south coast when the tide goes out. The tides are particularly high so when it’s out the landmass increases by almost twice the size, allowing walkers to walk the sand banks and reefs that become exposed, and look somewhat like the moon’s surface.
In fact the fortified tower, Seymour Tower, can be reached on foot and, should you so desire, you can even spend the night there. These ‘lunar’ areas are worth experiencing purely for the fact that for most of the time they’re under the Atlantic. And, as you walk around the rest of the island you won’t be walking across rock pools, a variety of shells, sea plants and other surprises to be found at this globally acknowledged RAMSAR wetland area.
In the main, most walkers will be on dry land enjoying the rocky coastline to the north of the island and the aforementioned sandy shoreline to the south.
With its wild personality, north Jersey’s cliffs are bracing, steep and covered in heather and bracken. Down below you’ll see some stunning coves, many of which you can’t always reach on foot unfortunately although as part of your holiday in Jersey you could always hire a boat and explore the caves! One bay that you can and should visit can be found at Grève de Lecq.
Others are Bonne Nuit Bay, Bouley Bay and Rozel Bay. You should then walk down the west coast to the sandy St Ouen’s Bay and its surrounding flat, marshy area with sand dunes that provide a home to many of Jersey’s animals and plants.
As you walk southwards from here you’ll reach the designated special interest site, St Ouen’s Pond, still marshy but with the many different species of wild flowers merging with cultivated areas.
Walking inland you’ll enjoy a mix of farm land. Of course Jersey is famous for its fresh produce (Jersey Royals) and cattle (Jersey cows) and you should ensure you enjoy as much fresh, local produce as possible during your holiday to Jersey. The woodlands with often dramatic flowing streams are surrounded by granite walls, a remnant from the island’s geological history when in fact Jersey was connected to Northern France.
Spring and autumn in Jersey are special times so the tourist board organises annual walks with walking weeks, so if you want to meet hundreds of like-minded people enjoying some 40 walks then it’s worth finding out more about these. The walks are free and will obviously ensure you discover some of the best walks with the best sites and places of interest along the way…and of course the best pubs and restaurants. In 2013 autumn walking week is from the 14th to the 21st September.
There also charity walks organised throughout the year so you might like to become involved with these. For example The Great North Coast Charity Challenge will take you from St Martin at the start of the day ending at Grosnez some 3 to 10 hours later depending on how leisurely you want to take it. The registration fee goes to a local charity.
Finally some walking enthusiasts like their Jersey holiday to be as quiet and as safe as possible so decide to take the Green Lanes. These are an especially protected network of around 50 miles of quiet, safe country lanes where the speed limit is only 15 mph and walkers, along with cyclists and horse riders, have priority. These Green Lanes can be found throughout the island, just look for the special road sign.