PLAN YOUR TRIP
Whether you love strolling by the coast or through the peaceful Channel Island countryside, you’ll find your own favourite route in no time.
As a rough rule of thumb – go north for exciting cliff walks and south for rolling countryside, sandy beaches and bays. Head west for surfing paradise and east for heritage, hidden bays and views of France.
Whether you want to take it easy, see some historic sights, climb a hill or two or gaze out over the ocean from the clifftop, there’s a walk for you.
Public transport makes the going easy to most of the popular routes and you can choose between striking out on your own or enjoying the company of other wanderers on a walking tour.
Wherever you go, there will be teashops, pubs and restaurants along the way, or why not take a picnic to enjoy once you’ve worked up an appetite?
Jersey was the first destination in the world to be awarded a Green Globe for its environmental conservation. A day or two on its footpaths will show you why....
Jersey is the place for plenty of self-guided walks and most are reachable by bus. Check out www.Jersey.com for downloads with maps and descriptions of 15 walks in each area – north, south, east and west.
You might be tempted to saunter around Fort Regent in St Helier for 90 minutes to find out more about its Napoleonic past. Choose the 3.2 miles (5.1 km) from La Corbière to Portelet Bay for fantastic sea views and refreshments along the way in St Brelade’s Bay.
Get sand between your toes on the west coast along the five-mile stretch of St Ouen’s Bay - the surfers’ favourite. Gaze out over France then see Mont Orgueil Castle from a different perspective by walking down the easy coast from St Catherine’s Breakwater. Or head for the heights on the challenging 14.8 mile (23.8km) northern cliff loop - officially graded ‘hard’ - that also calls in at the Durrell Wildlife Park.
Expert guides are waiting to help you discover Jersey’s best walks and much, much more.
They can tell you what it was like to live here during the Channel Islands’ occupation, deliver stirring tales of pirates and smugglers, and give you invaluable tips on how to track down the best local produce – the kind of insight only locals can provide.
Choices include Instagram-friendly seaside strolls in St Clement, twilight low tide discoveries in Grouville and new insights into the capital St Helier.
Jersey Heritage offers free downloadable audio tours and walking guides with maps to the best historic and cultural sights. You could walk in the footsteps of wartime resistance leaders, relive earlier military encounters with the French or learn more about Elizabeth Castle.
Most are short walks on level ground and suitable for heritage fans of all ages - don’t forget to share your photos on social media.
People power made the difference in protecting Jersey’s magnificent coastline. In 2009, more than 7,000 islanders got together to form a human chain between Le Braye and L’Etacq to protest about plans for unsuitable coastal development. Two years later, the States of Jersey backed the Jersey National Park – it now protects 2,145 hectares of the island’s most beautiful coastline.
The Royal Bay of Grouville is the place for oysters. Book in advance for this walk about the oyster and mussel beds followed by the opportunity to sample a few at the Seymour pub and restaurant. Bring your wellies or hire a pair onsite.
Wander around the vines at Le Mare Wine Estate, covering 20 acres in St Mary’s and try its famous Black Butter preserve as well as the wines, then stroll along the coastal path nearby.
Sign up for a culinary insight into the best Island produce with a local Blue Badge Guide at Jersey Uncovered. The Foodie Tour may include visits to a farm, vineyard or fishery.
A chance to enjoy sea breezes and great views in the 1.2mile (2km) cliff path walk ending in white sand Plémont Bay
Breakers crash on the beach at St Ouen’s where surfers make the most of the waves – why not grab a selfie with the most impressive of them when they come ashore? Walk for as long as you want to chase away the cobwebs.
It’s unmissable. Combine a pleasant mile-long saunter with several of the capital’s best pubs in this one. The circular route from Royal Square takes in the Cock and Bottle, the Post Horn in York Lane and the Town House in New Street. Any town map will show you the way.
A gentle eight mile (13 km) introduction to Jersey’s beautiful south-west coast on mainly level ground, starting out on the former railway track.
A moderate trot of just over two miles (3.5km) from beautiful Rozel Bay, and The Hungry Man café along quite roads and the eastern cliff path to the unmissable breakwater.
Your opportunity to get up close and personal with Jersey’s lively capital in two miles (3.2km) starting and finishing in Liberation Square and exploring the harbours and its Victorian salt water swimming pool.
Lace up your hiking boots for this challenging eight mile (13km) circular walk from St Lawrence Church taking in some of the island’s most beautiful, and hilly, countryside. You’ll also pass the Hamptonne Museum and Jersey War Tunnels.
This 1.2mile (2km) stroll includes jagged cliffs and hidden coves with the Priory Inn along the way for refreshments. Moderate.
A bracing seven-mile (11.4km) north coast walk starting at the iconic Devil’s Hole and taking in the best of Jersey’s rocky north coast. There are rewarding views towards Guernsey throughout. Moderate.
Learn about the many brave islanders all around Jersey who undermined their Nazi occupiers by sheltering Jews and foreign slave labourers or spread news from the BBC to their family, friends and neighbours.