Lying below a towering headland littered with walking paths are the luxurious soft white sands of Plémont Bay, criss-crossed by streams from the gentle waterfall over the cliff top. With its surf break and secret caverns and caves exposed only at low tide, it’s easy to understand why this cove is often referred to as Jersey’s answer to the Mediterranean!
Nestled in the North West Coast of Jersey, Plémont is one of the Islands most unique beaches showing off an outstanding example of Jersey’s diversity, natural beauty and steep history. Sometimes mapped as La Greve au Lancon, this tranquil lair has been calling visitors for years despite hundreds of steps on descent making difficult access.
The headland itself contributed to the popularity of the area after The Jubilee Holiday Camp opened in 1934. During the Second World War however, the invading German Nazis occupied the site, which was later purchased by circus impresario Stanley Parkin in 1946 before being sold to Pontins. Following its closure, the camp sat derelict and although housing plans were put forward, fierce local opposition saw the site demolished and returned to one of nature in 2015.
It is now managed by the Jersey National Trust and offers superb views across to the RAMSAR site of the Pater Noster reef (The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands and can be explored in more depth with Jersey Uncovered Tours).
With a team of professional, registered Tourist Guides who have achieved the nationally recognised symbol of tourist guiding excellence, the Blue Badge, you can take an in-depth tour of the area. You can learn about the remarkable wildlife and birdlife that populates this headland and beach, including its many caves. And for those who wish to explore the headland solo, there are two beautifully kept coastal walking paths to choose from. The first, leading East towards Greve De Lecq on the North coast of the Island and the second heading Westerly toward Gronez Castle. Ideal for post walking re-fuel, you’ll find Plémont Café at the top of the stairs to the beach where both footpaths begin, which has sweeping views and a wonderful menu.
The beautiful white sands below cover rapidly and completely at high tide, so those wanting to enjoy a day of bathing and beachcombing will need to plan their day when the tide is low. As Jersey has one of the biggest tidal ranges in Europe, it makes not only for fantastic surf and sea swimming but also reveals a flourishing seabed and hidden caves here at Plémont. These rocky caverns, created along ancient fault lines formed by past earthquakes and shaped by the sea, are only accessible at low tide. As the tide creeps in, you can benefit from the swell and warmer temperatures of the Jersey waters. The wave is a beach break with a soft sandy bottom and waves break close to the shore so even if you have no experience in surfing, you can have great fun playing in the surf without having to go into deep water.
The beach is well prepared for the visitor influx come May with public toilets open, lifeguards on duty and Liberty Bus running daily transfers on route 8. However, it is not highly recommended for those with mobility restrictions as parking is limited and there are many steps down to reach the bay.
For those wishing to explore the caves or surf, be aware of the tides and follow advice of the Lifeguards on duty.