Although La Grande Route de Mielle, meaning 'the road of the sand dunes' in Norse is colloquially recognised as 'the five-mile road', this tunning stretch of coastline is in fact just 3.5 miles long.
Believed to have been built in 1880 spanning the three parishes of St Brelade, St Ouen and St Peter, it was purposed to link farming routes from L’Etacq to Corbière which were originally accessed via the beach. The distance between these two viewpoints of 5.5 miles is accordingly where the locally adapted name derived. Today, it is an iconic location for foodies, walkers, surfers and historian fanatics alike, as the (not quite) five-mile road offers a bustling hub of luxurious eateries and unique
accommodations, sandwiched between a pristine nature reserve and some of the best surf breaks the island has to offer. Check out our ‘Five-Mile Map’ and take your own tour of the best, from East to West.
Walk to Petit Port
On the very cusp of the U-shaped bay is a winding footpath which leads around the rocky headland to Petit Port Bay. Passing a German bunker along the way, you’ll also get an up-close view of Corbière Lighthouse.
La Pulente Pub
With the most stunning views, a selection of local beers and home cooked dinners, La Pulente Pub is quite simply everything a coastal local should be.
A little food truck with a lot to offer. Catering their menu to vegetarians, vegans and even doggies in tow, Hideout is a must after a day of exploring the island.
The namesake of the road, so a must-visit! The sand dunes create a stunning natural backdrop to the bay and feature fantastic examples of local wildlife, scenery and walking routes.
La Braye Café
Perched on the top of La Braye slipway, this café not only offers wonderful views but some of the best fresh seafood dishes and homemade cakes in the entire area.
La Rocco Tower
Completely surrounded by sea twice a day, La Rocco Tower is an icon of conservation in St Ouen’s Bay. Built between 1796 and 1800, this military tower was constructed as part of the island’s defences against the French.
The hungry flock to this some 70-year-old eatery for its incredible sweeping views across St Ouens Bay and its relaxed menu inspired by local, seasonal produce.
Val De La Mare The Forest Arboretum
Surrounding Val de la Mare reservoir is this enchanting arboretum where hundreds of species of trees from all around the world can be found. With a footpath leading from St Peter all the way to the reservoir in St Ouen, it offers a tranquil afternoon’s walk
Le Mielles Golf Course
Alongside the nature reserve is this wonderful golf course, shop and restaurant, Roccos. Opening its doors to non-members, you can have a great day T-ing off with views of the ocean.
The National Trust for Jersey Wetland Centre
Perfectly situated overlooking St Ouen’s Pond, acting as both a state-of-the-art bird hide as well as a wetland interpretation centre.
St Ouens Pond (La Mare au Seigneur)
The pond is a special site of interest as its surrounding reedbed has an enviable list of birds to its name including the Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tit, Cetti’s, Reed and Sedge Warblers, alongside Lapwings, Shovellers and occasionally Common Pochard.
Le Don Hilton or La Cauminne à Marie Best
Although little in size, this 18th-century guard house and powder magazine also known as ‘The White Cottage’, is iconic to the island.
Built in 1834 as a coastal defence, Kempt is the largest example of Martello tower in Jersey which now acts as both a research/information centre and as rental accommodation through Jersey Heritage Lets.
The Military Museum
Housed in a German bunker on the sea wall which once formed part of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall defences. Within the bunker, there are many rooms full of artefacts which help tell the story of the 5 long years of German Occupation.
Built in 1835 to defend Jersey’s coast against French attack, Lewis’s Tower is one of several fortifications built in St Ouen’s Bay at that time.
At the end of the Five Mile Road you will find this jewellery design studio and café where, for thirty years, their speciality has been to create and curate wonderful pearl jewellery.
Les Monts Grantez, Neolithic Passage Grave
Nestled upon the headlands in a natural amphitheatre overlooking the bay are remnants from Jerseys Neolithic past. Thought to have been built some 6,000 years between 4000-3250 BC, this Neolithic grave consists of a passage leading into an asymmetrical chamber where seven
skeletons were found.
An independently family-owned fishmongers and restaurant offering a divine taste of our seas from their converted WWII bunker on top of the bay. You can find their wonderful display of lovely seafood at the historic Beresford Fish Market in the centre of St Helier.