By: Godfrey Hall, Western Gazette on 29/08/2013
Channel Island jaunt possible
My latest venture however was a bit further afield.
My destination this time - Guernsey. With the new fast ferry services running from Weymouth to the Channel Islands this is a feasible proposition for a day trip from Castle Cary. Weymouth is just over an hour away and the terminal is easy to get to.
The road improvements which took place prior to the Olympic Games make access to Weymouth a lot easier but why didn't they build a dual carriageway rather than a sungle carriageway road?
The trip to Guernsey takes around 150 minutes and I had about four hours there.
Guernsey is very attractive and the beaches are uncongested and quite spectacular, particularly those in the north of the island.
A day trip is a good way to get a taste of a place and I'm sure that once you have been you will want to return. With no VAT you will find some of the prices very favourable although you need to remember that it is an island and so most things have to be imported. Jewellery and perfume can be very good buys.
Although there has been a drop in the number of tourists recently and some attractions have closed down, it is still a wonderful island to explore.
Guernsey is around 25 square miles and it is quite easy to get around but if it is your first visit you will be surprised by the very narrow roads. There is a low speed limit and drivers seem to be very courteous. The island of Herm, just off the coast, is well worth a visiting. Traffic free, it is great for walking and bird watching.
A delightful island and easy accessible, perhaps the next time I'm over there I will meet soemone from Castle Cary. You never know!