Jersey’s north coast is an awesome part of the world, unmissable for its beauty and easily accessible from anywhere in the island. The cliffs dominate the sea and rise from small sea-level harbours to grand heights within a quick – but steep – hike.
With views across the water to France and the other Channel Islands, you’ll feel a real sense of freedom and space.
For many islanders, walking along the rugged north coast paths and enjoying any of the many stunning viewpoints is first on the list when visitors arrive!
East to West or West to East?
The sound of the sea, the soaring sea cliffs in the distance and the birds dipping in and out of the sky will make for a memorable experience irrelevant of your choice of direction. What will matter is a bit of stamina as the coastal path can be a challenging terrain to walk on. Rocky and narrow in part, sometimes steep, walking up north might get you breathless but will always be incredibly rewarding.
Guides and Maps
You can find out all about the island’s walking routes at the Jersey Visitor Centre, at Liberty Wharf and bus station, close to St. Helier’s harbour. With plentiful maps, books and helpful representatives to answer all of your questions, this is an ideal place to plan and start your trip.
Also make sure that you contact one of the very talented Jersey walking guides. Their knowledge of the topography, the wildlife and the local legends (ask about Devil’s hole…) is second to none and will guarantee you a safe and informative visit.
If you start your journey in the west, a local favourite breakfast stop is Plémont Beach Café which sits perched at the top of one of the island’s most beautiful bays. Take your time there to enjoy a cup of tea, a slice of home-made cake and a glorious sea view before carrying on – whether down the steps towards the sandy beach or eastwards along the cliffs.
Pretty much half way along the coast, Bonne nuit Beach Café has quite a different menu ranging from fresh crab sandwiches to authentic Thai cuisine. A real gem nestled in one of our prettiest little fishing harbours.
And finally: On Walking…
Walking is by far the cheapest and most readily available of activities in Jersey. The North coast will no doubt challenge and enchant you in equal measures, and probably leave you with a deserved sense of achievement.
“Walking is man’s best medicine”