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There are walks to suit all levels of fitness on the Island of Guernsey.
From 28 miles of cliff paths starting on the outskirts of St Peter Port and stretching around the coast to Pleinmont Point in the south-west corner of the Island, to guided tours of St Peter Port, walks down peaceful country lanes, and a 2-mile walk around the reservoir, walkers and hikers are spoilt for choice.
Guided Walks of St Peter Port take place throughout the holiday season, and start at the Tourist Information Centre on the sea front in St Peter Port. This is also a good place to visit to get further information on walks in Guernsey.
The cliff paths start at La Vallette, location of the bathing pools and small aquarium, on the south side of the Town Centre. For keen hikers, it is possible to spend a full day walking the entire cliff path as far as Pleinmont Point. One can then walk down to Portelet Bay and catch a bus from the Imperial Hotel back to St Peter Port. For those wanting a shorter walk, there are several car parks at headlands along the coast, most also providing public conveniences and a small kiosk where refreshments can be purchased. The cliffs are are their most colourful during springtime, when the gorse is in bloom, together with bluebells, pink campion and sea campion, and sea pinks: a glorious sight! If you are very fortunate, you may even find rare orchids in shady places.
If you are intending to walk along the cliffs, comfortable and sturdy footwear is recommended, as the paths are quite steep, some with rocky outcrops and loose gravel or stones which can make them slippery. And please, NEVER attempt to climb up or down the cliff face; this is extremely dangerous.
Apart from the cliffs, there are gentler walks to be found along the west coast of Guernsey:
Starting in the south-west corner of the Island at Portelet Beach, the pedestrianised road to Fort Pezeries and the "Fairy Ring" is an easy stroll along a tarmac surface with just one slightly steep incline. There are fine views across the bay to Lihou Island, and out to the Hanois Lighthouse.
Around the Bay at Lihou Headland, there is a walk along the shingle bank and across the road to the hide at Claire Mare Nature Reserve, which is Guernsey's premier reserve:
If the tides are favourable, a walk across to Lihou Island is a delightful way to spend 2-3hrs. The Island is only accessible at low tide on certain days each month. Information is posted in the local newspaper, the Guernsey Evening Press, and there is also a noticeboard at the top of the slipway leading onto the beach. Please take note of these times, and allow enough time to return to the mainland.
The causeway never really completely dries out, so wear waterproof footwear, or footwear that you are prepared to get wet! You will probably encounter slippery wet seaweed along the route, so this is probably not a walk for those who are unsteady on their feet. Lihou Island is an important nesting area for seabirds, so please stay on the paths.
Or, just take a gentle stroll along Vazon Bay or Cobo Bay on soft white sand:
Look out for signs to "Ruette Tranquille" which you will see posted off main roads in the country parishes. These signs indicate quiet country lanes, where priority is given to pedestrians and horse-riders. Escape from the crowds and discover another side to Guernsey.
Recommended purchase: Perry's Map of Guernsey. This can be purchased in any of the bookshops on the Island. It shows all paths, parking areas and public conveniences, and would be an invaluable asset to planning walks in Guernsey.