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EESW1
Lincolnshire, UK5,234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
This is one of the 15 loophole towers built around the coast of Guernsey in the C18th to guard the most vulnerable beaches against possible attack by the French. ( Often referred to as Martello towers, I was firmly told they are LOOPHOLE towers. Only three Martello towers were built on Guernsey and they are larger...)

It is a lovely setting, and along with Chouet Tower, overlooks La Grande Havre Bay in the north of the island.

The towers were all built to a standard design with musket holes in the walls and a cannon on the roof. They also served as a barracks and guard house for adjacent cannon batteries.

Rousse Tower is unusual as the battery and tower form a single combined building. Near it is the small granite magazine building.

Although the tower wasn't open when I visited and seems to have been closed for quite a time, it is still well worth while finding. There is access to the top of the battery complete with cannons. It is also a good view point!

There is parking around La Grande Havre Bay near the Peninsula Hotel and also a beach shack serving refreshments. It is a short and easy walk across grass full of wild flowers to the tower.

Alternatively catch a bus to La Grand Havre - there is plenty of choice from St Peter Port with different buses taking slightly different routes - 21, 31 0r 91.
Written 14 May 2023
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IAN D
Wigan, UK25,831 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
Nice spot on coastal path at northern end of the island. Old lookout tower compete with 4 cannons polnting out to sea
Written 19 March 2017
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Shaun L
Clanfield, UK2,750 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Located on the north coast the Rousse Tower is one of a number of towers or small forts built in Guernsey over the ages from defending the island from the French through to the more modern fortifications that the occupying German forces built during World War 2. Rousse has some replica cannons on display plus a couple of information boards. Not too much to it than that.
Written 29 May 2019
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ccws50
Ferndown, UK1,201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Located in the North West this tower along with others was built to ward off the French.
Part of a British defence system to keep Guernsey from attack.
Interestingly the free island map given to tourists does not specifically list it.
The No 92 bus that goes all round the island passes nearby.
Written 11 April 2019
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Cookiescot
Halesowen, UK745 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
Wasn't sure if it was open to view. Was surprised to find cannons and mannequins re-enacting a battle against the French.
Written 28 September 2018
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