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Walking on the Channel Islands

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Walking on the Channel Islands

My husband and I are Americans, in our 60s, who like to do long distance walking, from b and b, to b and b. We would like to spend a few weeks in the Channel Islands next summer, and spend 5 or 6 days walking. Does anyone have any suggestions for which island would be the best to do this on? Good walking guidebooks? We are also interested in day walks for the rest of the time. We are not interested in paying a company to set this up for us; we can do this, once we decide where we are walking. Also, is it possible to avoid renting a car and just rely on buses and the occasional taxi?

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Long distance walking on the Channel Islands? Jersey, the largest, is very roughly six miles by eight, Guernsey smaller than that. I am not sure it would be easy to take many long distance walks there. If you really like a lot of walking it might be better to combine the Channel Islands with a couple of English counties or perhaps Normandy.

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The bus service on Guernsey is excellent, no need for a car at all, in six days you could walk all of it!! Do three days on Guernsey and three on Jersey, charming islands both of them.

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Jersey has some very pleasant coastal walking along cliff tops, often with interesting relics of World War Two. The bus services are very good and go all over the island.

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Wife and I are in our 60s and we love walking. Can't talk for Jersey - haven't had the pleasure of going there - but on a visit to Guernsey the other year, we managed miles of walking along the footpaths and cliff tops all round the Island of Guernsey without needing to change hotels. The main tourist office had a number of maps (some free) detailing the walks. Another map also showed the bus routes and bus stops so we could bring them together to plan some interesting long walks but with means to get back to our hotel by bus when needed (it was VERY wet when we went!!!). Recommend a day trip to the paradise island of Herm from Guernsey if the weather is nice (make sure you check the return ferry time and pick up point as these can change due to tides) and you might also want to consider spending a couple of days on Sark (motor vehicles are banned on both these tiny islands).

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Hi Mary,

We would suggest checking out VisitGuernsey's website, they have a page dedicated to self-guided walks with a heritage theme: http://www.visitguernsey.com/heritage. This includes walks in the north, west, south and St Peter Port, with pointers on what to look out for on your way.

These walks can be downloaded or a copy can be picked up from the tourist information centre.

I would suggest checking back on the website in the run up to your holiday, as there are due to be a new set of self-guided walks for 2014!

I hope this helps,


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OP mentioned Guernsey and Jersey, someone else mentioned Sark and Herm.... I think one should mention Alderney, just for completeness. Much smaller than Jersey and Guernsey but larger than Sark and Herm. Lots of nice walks (I've done a few of them).

Getting there is not quite as straightforward as getting to Sark or Herm as it's further away - the main mode of transport between Guernsey and Alderney is by air rather than by sea (several daily flights by 16-seater Trislanders). There is an occasional ferry service (www.bumblebee.gg) which will operate on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays in the 2014 season.

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Hi Mary, here are some links for you to whet your appetite - I hope you enjoy our island,




Buses are frequent and fairly reliable http://www.hctgroup.org/ct_plus_guernsey and taxis are easy to get.

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Thanks to all of you for your suggestions, and the website links! It's wonderful to have a forum like this.


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