Time to walk on Guernsey Islands! – World Meanderings (n°44)
By Annick Dournes and Frederic de Poligny
From Sept 23 to 0ctober 8, Guernsey and its little sisters islands Lihou, Herm, Sark and Alderney, organize their Autumn Walking Festival with over 50 guided walks fitting every profile of visitors.
This Autumn Walking Festival is a great opportunity for tourists to be connected with these islands, their population and their beautiful landscapes. There will be coastal walks, historical walks, bird-watch and nature walks as well as city walks. First of all, all these walks are managed by the “Bailwick of Guernsey Guild of Accredited Guides” insuring you that any walk will be lead by an accredited guide who will offer you total security and also provide you with lot of information and explanations about the region.
To please a very large public three ability levels are proposed.
– “Easy”: flat roads and paths with lots of stops to look at many interesting places
-“Medium”: roads and tracks including uneven tracks, cliff paths, steps or medium slopes along the way. Don’t forget to wear appropriate shoes!
-“Ramble”: these walks that may also be longer than normal will please all those who enjoy climbing hills and steps as well as a bit of clambering. Appropriate footwear is mandatory.
For all of these walks pre-booking is essential to guarantee your place. Look at the Visit Guernsey website (see down below) to get all details and contact for each of the 50 walks to select the ones that suit you best. During the fifteen days of the Festival there will be morning and afternoon walks, and even some days evening walks.
Among all the walks on offer, you can choose a city walk in St Peter Port, also known as “The Jewel in the Crown“, this is obviously an “easy” walk ideal for family with kids who will enjoy the numerous spooky stories told by your guide, Korinne Le Page, including ghosts from the battle with the French in may 1372 and local witches burnt to death at the stake. Photographers will not be disappointed with this charming 2 miles walk through this beautiful medieval town. Price: £8.
For a “medium” walk, why not try the “Secrets and History of the L’Eree Headland walk” with Tim Osborne, your guide who is an history lover. He will help you to discover the ancient Neolithic and Bronze Ages settlements, fortifications from Napoleonic wars, as well as from WWII including the best preserved WWII German trenches in the island and an anti-tank German bunker. You will also see the wreck of the ‘Prosperity’. Price: £8.
The “Lihou Island walk” is a “ramble” one that let you enjoy the beautiful causeway across the seabed giving you access to the most westerly of the Channel Islands. There to, Neolithic remains, German trenches and special habitats await you along the way. For an extra £2 you will be rewarded with tea and gâche the local sweet delight. Price: £8 (not including the tea-time treat that has to be ordered at time of booking).
These three walks are only a few examples of the many proposals available throughout the Festival. During their stay on the islands, many visitors choose to do several different walks. Addicts can even take a walk twice or thrice a day.
All info about Guernsey: http://www.visitguernsey.com/
and for the Walking Festival: http://www.visitguernsey.com/event/autumn-walking-festival
Text ©Annick Dournes & Frederic de Poligny
All images courtesy of Visit Guernsey