By: Condor on 01/09/2011

Great Days out on Jersey

Great Days out on Jersey that won’t cost a penny
It’s great to know that there are still plenty of things to enjoy on your holiday or visit to Jersey that don’t cost a thing, which in the current economic climate is welcome news. Here’s how to find them.

Completely encircled by the deep blue sea, Jersey offers practically endless seaside pursuits. Rock pooling is a timeless favourite; both children and adults delight in the exploration of little shellfish, crabs and slipper limpets, and you’ll find Portelet Bay on the south west coast and La Rocque on the east coast provide some of the best spots on the island, where at low water the reefs and gullies expose a myriad of fascinating sea creatures. Head to the south-facing St Brelade’s Bay or the stunning cove of Plemont Bay for gorgeous sea swimming, while the many sheltered bays on the north coast are ideal for diving and snorkelling. If you’re after something a little more energetic, try body surfing at St Ouen on the west coast, Jersey’s prime surfing location. Did you know that Jersey was the birthplace of competitive surfing in Europe and has long been famed for its waves?

Jersey is teeming with hidden gems and exploring by foot is the ideal way to discover them and provides a great opportunity to pack up a picnic for an idyllic lunch alfresco. There are plenty of self-guided walks, which you can download free at www.jersey.com/ walking. Or if you prefer, The National Trust for Jersey offers free year-round walks with local guides as part of its Stepping Out Programme. Visit www.nationaltrustjersey.je for details.

You can marvel at many of Jersey’s historical sites for free too. The ruins of 14th century Grosnez Castle are well worth a visit, and Jersey’s turbulent wartime history can be explored in and around the island’s German bunkers with an Occupation Trail Map, available from Jersey Tourism. Access to the Germans’ Coastal Artillery Observation Tower at Noirmont Point is available on selected dates with the Channel Islands Occupation Society, which opens a number of Jersey’s wartime buildings to the public throughout the year www.ciosjersey.org.uk.

Bring your bike to Jersey and make the most of the island’s intricate network of Green Lanes - that’s 50 miles of country lanes where the speed limit is 15mph and priority is given to cyclists. It really is the best way to experience Jersey’s natural beauty,
architectural heritage, history and traditions.  Download your self-guided tour at www.jersey.com/cycling. And for simply lazing around in the grass, head to Howard Davis Park, St Andrew’s Park and Millbrook Park, which are at their very best in the summer.

Artists of all kinds have long been inspired by Jersey’s landscapes, and some of the best contemporary artists’ work can be seen at The Harbour Gallery in St Aubin, which features the work of over 80 of them.

For beautiful stained and carved glass visit The Glass Church in St Lawrence, which has stunning moulded Lalique windows and a glass font, while St Peter’s Church glass captures traditional and contemporary life around the island.

Help find your bearings in Jersey by downloading a map from www.jersey.com/maps. You’ll be able to locate places of interest around Jersey from the Island Map, while the St Helier Map concentrates on the capital.

A full list of free events and activities is available at www.jersey.com.

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