Walking Routes

Guernsey’s a beautiful island, and there’s no better way to experience it than first-hand, in the outdoors.

Petit Bot to Le Gouffre

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Petit Bot Bay lies at the base of two wooded valleys which connect inland to the lanes of St Martins parish. This bay is renowned for its beautiful views and is considered a favourite spot and one of the island’s best bits for many locals. A mile further along the cliff path from Petit Bot is Le Gouffre. On a bright and clear day, France and more specifically Les Roches Douvres and its lighthouse can be sighted from the coastal path. This area plays an important role in Guernsey’s heritage as it is the setting for ‘Toilers of the Sea’ by infamous poet and novelist Victor Hugo.

Directions: Standing by the tearooms facing the sea, take the steps on your right and follow round the cliff. It’s a short 20 minute walk, however there are some sections of steep steps to be aware of.

Bus Routes: 91, 92, 93, 94, 95 to Les Bourgs

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The Fairy Ring

A view from near the Fairy Ring

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An idyllic walk across some of the most beautiful sections of Guernsey’s cliffs, the fairy ring not only presents you with stunning views, but also gives you a slice of the island’s local mythology and history. With a car park conveniently placed by Portelet beach, you can take a quick 15 minute, calf-stretching walk up to the fairy ring before choosing any of the multiple walking paths available to you. Then, after truly indulging in the island’s beauty, we recommend you grab a bite to eat from the Imperial hotel located next to the car park at Portelet beach. Or, if you fancy an ice cream, the Portelet Kiosk sells great local Guernsey ice-cream.

Bus Routes: 61, 91, 92, 93, 94 to Pleinmont

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Lihou Causeway

Important information for Lihou Causeway crossings:

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  • Allow at least 20 minutes to cross the causeway.
  • This time could vary around 20 minutes due to weather conditions.
  • Do not cross the causeway if submerged at any point as there could be dangerous currents.
  • Only cross the causeway between the times shown by the timetables as linked.
  • Do not cross the causeway at night.
  • Pet dogs are not permitted on Lihou in order to protect the wildlife.
  • The causeway will be wet in places so sturdy footwear is recommended.

The Lihou RAMSAR wetland site is a great walk for any nature enthusiast.
Your walk starts on the west coast of the island near L’Eree headland where you cross
the causeway and will find many different species of seaweed as there are more than
200 around this beautiful 38-acre island.
Once on Lihou, take the path to the left of the house which was bombed during World
War 2 as Guernsey was occupied by the Germans and is now group accommodation
which can be hired out.
A few minutes down the path, you will come to one of the main sights on Lihou which
are the remains of the 12 th Century Priory of St Mary which was once inhabited by
monks and has also been said to be one of the largest religious relics in the Bailiwick of
Guernsey.
If you continue down the path towards the end of the island you will come across the
stunning Venus Pool which is a naturally occurring pool at low tide which is deep and
large enough for the brave who fancy a swim.
For the keen nature enthusiast, stick to the shoreline and you will be able to see lots of
the fascinating wildlife that live on the island, such as the abundance of cushion stars. Lihou is fantastic for the keen bird watcher
as the island is home to over 150 species of bird.
Following the path down the shoreline, you will have eventually made a full loop and
you will be back at the house. Make sure you have enough time to cross the causeway at
the end.

Bus Routes: 62, 91, 92 to L’Eree Bunker

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Marble Bay

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Turn off Jerbourg Road and wander along the tree lined paths to the South Coast, where you’ll discover an untouched gem: Marble Bay. High tide is the perfect time to visit for a swim or to sit on the marble-veined rocks and look out to Herm.

Route to Marble Bay

No toilet or kiosk facilities.

No disabled access

Bus Routes: 81 to Doyle’s Monument

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WW2 Gun Battery

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This gun battery and surrounding bunkers date back to the Second World War, when Guernsey was occupied and became an important base for the Germans in the English Channel. This particular battery remains untouched; you can wander through the tunnels and explore the underground rooms. The gun sits on the headland, with stunning views over the south coast. Paths stretch in both directions from here, so why not continue along the cliffs and explore the other historical towers that line the south coast?

Bus stop to Battery

Bus Routes: 91, 92, 93, 94 to Rue des Portelettes

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Fort Hommet

View over Vazon, from the Fort Hommet headland, submitted by Lois Vidamour

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Fort Hommet overlooks the northern end of Vazon Bay. It is an example of Guernsey’s rich history and is a wonderful location to admire the view of the beach, especially at sunset. Follow the road that breaks off from Vazon Coast Road where you will be directed to the headland car park. From here the Fort is accessible via footpaths. After exploring the headland, the beach is only a short distance away and is perfect for a peaceful stroll across the sand. Stop off for something to eat at either Vistas or Crabby Jacks.

Bus Routes: 42,62, 91 to Fort Hommet

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The Reservoir

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A beautiful scenic route through the western parish of St Saviours. This walk includes some difficult terrain underfoot but it is worth every step. The woodland surrounding the reservoir represents Guernsey’s countryside at its finest so if you’re interested in wildlife make sure to bring some binoculars and a bird-spotting or tree-spotting guide for an informative day out.  

Position of bus stop in relation to Reservoir

Bus Routes: 71 to St. Saviour’s Church

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