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Cycling in Jersey
Island-wide networks of cycle paths, coastal routes and green lanes provide an ideal environment to explore on two wheels.

Cycling in Jersey

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Quiet lanes and miles of cycle paths, ideal for a relaxing riding holiday.

About Cycling In Jersey

Jersey is a cyclist's paradise. Island-wide networks of cycle paths, coastal routes and green lanes provide an ideal environment to explore on two wheels.

Take in the sights and sounds of the sand, sea and countryside as you cycle around Jersey. Our unique network of green lanes give priority to cyclists and pedestrians, with speed limits kept to only 15 mph. Jersey's dedicated cycle routes carve their way through the island, ensuring that you always have a route to take.

A network of well sign-posted routes has been created to help guide the way. Simply look out for the blue signs to point you in the right direction. Our top picks are below.

Jersey Cycling Guide

Top recommended routes - 'Easy'

Route 1A
Albert Pier to La Fregate Café

Length
0.5 miles (approx. 7 minutes

About
Jersey Cycle Guide Route 1A This short route is perfect for any cyclists who are more interested in enjoying Jersey's picturesque sea views at leisure, rather than getting an intense physical workout!

Setting off from the top of Albert Pier in St. Helier, you can admire the dozens of boats that fill St. Helier Harbour to your right before reaching the striking ‘Golden Jubilee Needle’ time capsule.

From here, you should bear left and head for the seafront, where you will reach the equally intriguing ‘Freedom Tree’ monument. Next, turn right and carry on along the Esplanade until you get to the small but charming Les Jardins de la Mer park, the centrepiece of which is an impressive fountain display.

Then, as a reward for completing your arduous (well, half-mile!) journey, you can treat yourself to lunch at the excellent La Fregate Café – find their menu here

What to look out for

  • Golden Jubiliee Needle - This 14.25-metre high memorial was erected in honour of the Queen’s 50th year as monarch. Although the Jubilee itself was in 2002, the Needle (which contains a time capsule) was unveiled two years later, when Prince Charles visited the island.
  • The Freedom Tree – Another monument with a royal connection, the Freedom Tree was unveiled by the Queen in 2005. The bronze sculpture features 12 acorns, which each represent one of Jersey’s parishes, and was commissioned to help mark the 60th anniversary of the Channel Islands’ liberation from Nazi occupation in World War II.

Route 1B
Jersey Zoo to St. Martin

Length
2 miles (approx. 15 minutes

About
Jersey Cycle Guide Route 1B Jersey is perhaps most often visited because of the beauty of its coastline but, further inland, there is also scenic countryside to savour. This suggested route – which should only take around 15 minutes to complete – starts from outside Jersey Zoo, meaning that you can easily combine it with a day out at this fantastic wildlife attraction.

After setting off, you will enjoy a gentle and level ride down through some tranquil rural roads towards St. Martin’s Village, where you can take time out to look around the peaceful parish church and surrounding area. Why not plan on having lunch or dinner at the excellent village pub, The Royal, whilst there?

What to look out for

  • Jersey Zoo - With a fascinating past and a range of species that goes far beyond most of its contemporaries, Jersey Zoo – established in 1959 - is proud to have been the world’s first conservation-themed wildlife attraction. It still focuses on rare animals today, being home to a range of endangered mammals, amphibians, birds and reptiles.
  • St. Martin’s Parish Church - The history of this attractive parish church can be traced all the way back to around 1,000 years ago, and it is just one example of the many beautifully-preserved places of worship that can be explored across the island.

Route 3A
Victoria Village to Jersey Zoo

Length
1 miles (approx. 15 minutes

About
Jersey Cycle Guide Route 3 This route is only a mile long but gives you the chance to explore some of Jersey’s deepest woodland at your own pace. Starting in a quiet residential area called Victoria Village (which is also where any fans of horticulture can find the excellent Eric Young Orchid Foundation), you will then make your way along some truly peaceful – and, at times, quite narrow! – country roads.

Depending on how leisurely you want your journey to be, you should be able to reach Jersey Zoo – where the route ends – in about 15 minutes, giving you plenty of time to get up close to the attraction’s 1,400+ animals.

What to look out for

  • Eric Young Orchid Foundation - A great all-weather attraction, this hidden-away location is home to one of the world’s largest and most impressive collections of orchids. A true paradise for any gardening enthusiasts, the Foundation is bound to impress even visitors who aren’t particularly green-fingered.
  • Jersey Zoo - With a fascinating past and a range of species that goes far beyond most, Jersey Zoo is proud to have been the world’s first conservation-themed wildlife attraction. It still focuses on rare animals today, hosting a range of endangered mammals, amphibians, birds and reptiles.

Route 5
Vallee des Vaux to Liberation Square, St. Helier

Length
2.8 miles (approx. 30 minutes

About
Jersey Cycle Guide Route 5 This route will give you the opportunity both to explore Jersey’s beautiful countryside and ride right into the centre of its busiest, most vibrant spot in just half an hour. When you set off from your starting point in the idyllic valley known as La Vallee des Vaux, you may find it hard to believe that the largest settlement in the Channel Islands, St. Helier, is less than three miles away – but then again, as you will soon find out, Jersey’s effortless combination of tranquillity and excitement is one of its best features!

Something that makes cycling this route (among others) even more enjoyable than similar rides you may be familiar with in mainland Britain is the fact that the winding road which cuts through La Vallee des Vaux has a speed limit of just 15 mph. This means that drivers are obliged to take it slowly and respect the many cyclists who use the road regularly; be aware, however, that you may also have to watch out for horses when you’re making your way towards St. Helier, as the valley is very popular with riders.

What to look out for

  • Liberation Square - One of St. Helier’s most attractive and historically significant sites, Liberation Square may only have been created in 1995, but the events that have taken place on this spot rank as some of the most important in Jersey’s history – it was both where the Nazis had their headquarters during the occupation of World War II and where the British flag was unfurled in 1945 to mark the end of that terrible period.
  • Central Market - Visiting a market may not seem like the most exciting thing you could do during your holiday, but St. Helier’s Central Market is truly something special. Proudly serving the community for over 200 years, it today remains arguably the best place on the island to source an amazing range of fresh, local produce and has a fantastic, traditional atmosphere.

Route 7
Victoria Village to St. Helier

Length
2 miles (approx. 15 minutes

About
Jersey Cycle Guide Route 7 Cycling from the Victoria Village area to St. Helier will allow you to see several different aspects of Jersey’s beautiful landscape within 15 minutes or so.

Starting in narrow, blissfully quiet country lanes, you will soon pass by the Grands Vaux Reservoir, which is a great example of how some manmade projects can add to the beauty of places like Jersey, whilst also fulfilling a practical need (in this case, storing and supplying water to the island’s residents).

Just a few minutes later, you will arrive in the busy capital, St. Helier, which will feel a million miles away from the countryside you have just cycled through.

What to look out for

  • Eric Young Orchid Foundation - A great all-weather attraction, this hidden-away location is home to one of the world’s largest and most impressive collections of orchids. A true paradise for any gardening enthusiasts, the Foundation is bound to impress even visitors who aren’t particularly green-fingered.
  • Grands Vaux Reservoir - Created in 1952, the Grands Vaux Reservoir was the first major project completed post-World War II by the infrastructure company now known as Jersey Water. A favourite spot for members of the Jersey Freshwater Angling Association, the reservoir contains rainbow and brown trout, as well as two species of eel.
 

Top recommended routes - 'Moderate'

Route 2
Waterworks Valley

Length
2 miles (approx. 30 minutes

About
Jersey Cycle Guide Route 2 ‘Waterworks Valley’ is the name given to one of the most beautiful areas of the island, which benefits from a combination of natural woodland, manmade reservoirs, peaceful streams and diverse wildlife.

The two-mile cycle around this area in the parish of St. Lawrence will allow you to explore several of Jersey’s most tranquil and scenic spots, including the Millbrook and Dannemarche reservoirs. Despite its relaxing nature, however, you should be careful to keep your wits about you whilst cycling through Waterworks Valley – local legend has it that the area is haunted by a bridal procession made up of a coach, six horses, footmen and the ghostly bride herself!

What to look out for

  • St. Lawrence Millennium Stone - To mark the start of the new millennium, the year 2000 saw 12 ‘millennium stones’ (one for each parish) placed around Jersey. The Waterworks Valley cycle route will take you past the St. Lawrence standing stone, which can be found close to the ruins of the Vicart Mill building.
  • Millbrook Reservoir - This reservoir may be the smallest of the six that are dotted around Jersey, but it is also the oldest, having been created back in 1890. A popular spot with anglers, the reservoir hosts a wide range of fish, including bream, tench, eels, carp, perch and trout.

Route 4
St. Aubin's Bay to Saint John

Length
5 miles (approx. 1 hour 15 minutes

About
Jersey Cycle Guide Route 4 This is one of the longest moderate difficulty routes you can take in Jersey and cycling it will give you the chance to see several of the island’s most interesting landmarks in one journey. If you think you can handle a five-mile ride (with an estimated total time of an hour-and-a-quarter), the trip from St. Aubin’s Bay to the parish of St. John will be well worth the effort.

Some of the many highlights you can look forward to passing (or even stopping off at) along this picturesque route – most of which winds through the idyllic Green Lanes of the Jersey countryside – include the magnificent Tesson Mill, the fascinating Jersey War Tunnels, and Morel Farm, a beautiful spot that looks like it has been frozen in time.

What to look out for

  • Tesson Mill - Found at the edge of the stunning St. Peter’s Valley, Tesson Mill (or ‘Le Moulin de Tesson’) offers a fascinating insight into Jersey’s rich industrial past. The former flour mill fell into disrepair in the post-war years but was restored to its former glory in the 1990s; today, visitors can explore features such as the water wheel, grinding room and steam engine room (open Mondays and Tuesdays between May and September).
  • Jersey War Tunnels - The most unique and immersive WWII attraction you are likely to find in Britain, this 1,000-metre network of tunnels was built 50 metres underground by 5,000 slave labourers during the island’s Nazi occupation. Not only have the tunnels been preserved but they can now be viewed alongside an informative museum and even (if you have the time) a brilliant escape room game!

Whilst the above routes would be perfect for any visitors who count themselves as occasional or casual cyclists, there are also several circuits throughout Jersey which have been designed specifically for the benefit of advanced, expert riders who are prepared to push themselves to the limit. You can read more about two of our favourite difficult routes below.

 

Top recommended routes - 'Difficult'

Route East A
Victoria Village to Victoria Village (Circular)

Length
19.7 miles (approx. 1 hour 15 minutes

About
Jersey Cycle Guide Route East A The longest advanced route in Jersey, this journey allows you to traverse the entire eastern coast of the island, as well as some of its most scenic inland areas. A circular route starting and finishing in Victoria Village, it is perfect for those who enjoy challenging climbs – there are seven to negotiate in total!

For the seasoned cyclist who enjoys exploring new places, this route really does have it all: from the golden sands of the beaches in the south of the island to the rugged cliffs of the north and historic landmarks such as Mount Orgueil Castle, this is one ride that is guaranteed to be exhilarating, varied and truly memorable.

What to look out for

  • Mont Orgueil Castle - Widely considered to be one of the finest remaining medieval castles in the world, Mount Orgueil has overlooked the village of Gorey for around 800 years. Along with incredible sea views that extend to the French coast, there are many unique highlights to discover on a visit here, such as the macabre ‘Dance of Death’ statue and the intriguing ‘Wheel of Urine’!
  • Jersey Zoo - With a fascinating past and a range of species that goes far beyond most, Jersey Zoo is proud to have been the world’s first conservation-themed wildlife attraction. It still focuses on rare animals today, hosting a range of endangered mammals, amphibians, birds and reptiles.

Route West B
St. Aubin’s Bay to St. Aubin’s Bay (Circular)

Length
13.75 miles (approx. 55 minutes

About
Jersey Cycle Guide Route West B Certainly not one for the fainthearted, part of this hilly, circular route is included in the cycling section of the Jersey Triathlon course. Although it will most definitely be a challenge to complete, taking on this route (which sets off from and finishes at St. Aubin’s Bay) will treat you to some of the best views it is possible to enjoy on the island.

Highlights include ascending the extremely steep and winding Ghost Hill, admiring the sea views as you head downhill towards the historic lighthouse at La Corbière (which can be reached via a causeway at low tide), and taking in the wild, rugged Noirmont headland.

What to look out for

  • Corbière Lighthouse - The first structure of its kind in Britain to be built from concrete, the lighthouse at La Corbière was first lit in 1874 and is still in operation today. The lighthouse itself and the rocky tidal island on which it sits are well worth seeing up close if you get the chance.
  • Elizabeth Castle - Another popular Jersey attraction that can be walked to via a causeway when the tide is low enough is Elizabeth Castle, which is in St. Aubin’s Bay, a short distance off the coast of St. Helier. Seeing the 16th-century structure from the mainland will be a memorable part of your cycling trip but, if you get the opportunity, you should be sure to spend a whole day exploring this fantastic site, which is fully open to the public as a museum.

Route North A
St. John’s Village to St. John’s Village (Circular)

Length
13 miles (approx. 50 minutes

About
Jersey Cycle Guide Route North A This route will let you explore the entire northern half of the centre of Jersey which, like much of the island, is made up of an enchanting combination of peaceful countryside and stunning, wild coastline. Although it only includes two climbs, this 13-mile circular journey is still a challenge and will introduce riders to some of the most popular cycling spots on the island.

As well as the lovely Bonne Nuit Bay and the idyllic roads around the La Mare Wine Estate - where both rural scenery and expansive sea views can be enjoyed – another highlight is making your way around the twisting Ronez Loop Road near Ronez Point. The fact that this road is occasionally closed to be used as a karting race track should give you a good idea of how much fun cycling around it will be!

What to look out for

  • La Mare Wine Estate - Although you should always avoid combining cycling with drinking alcohol, there are many other things that make stopping off at the La Mare Wine Estate in the parish of Saint Mary worthwhile. You can take a walk around the vineyard and cider orchards, find out how their wine is made on a guided tour, or even meet the estate’s adorable miniature ponies!
  • Island Centre Stone - In the parish of St. John, you will find a prehistoric stone that is thought to have marked the point which islanders believed was the exact centre of Jersey. Although the location of the stone is, in fact, quite far from the island’s geographic centre, it is still interesting to see it up-close and study the cup marks which helped historians to estimate its date of origin.
 

How To Hire Bicycles In Jersey

Zebra Cycle Hire

9 The Esplanade and 10 Commercial Street, St Helier
Tel: 01534 736556
Email: enquiries@zebrahire.com
Website: www.zebrahire.com

Over 400 bikes to hire, including children's bikes and trailers. Open 7 days a week in the spring, summer and autumn, 6 days a week during the winter. Adult and child mountain, tandem and touring bikes available.

Wild Adventures Jersey

Tel: Kazz direct on 07797 886 242
Email: kazz@wildadventuresjersey.com
Website: www.wildadventuresjersey.com

Cycling tours, bush craft experts, kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling. Booking essential.

Jersey Cycle Tours

Old German Tunnels, St. Aubin
Tel: 01534 746780
Email: jerseycycletours@yahoo.co.uk

Jersey CycleTours will help you explore 350 miles of roads, byways and lanes on this 9 x 5 mile island. Professional, friendly staff are on hand to help you with your choice of hybrid bikes, tandems, tag a longs and baby carriages. Competitive prices include accessories and helmets etc. Phone or email for bookings and information.

Big Maggy's Cycle Hire

Burrard Street, St. Helier
Tel: 01534 729900
Website: www.bigmaggys.com/bike-rental/

If you’re planning a trip to Jersey and would like to rent a higher spec bike than the usual tourist style leisure bikes, Big Maggy's have a range of rental bikes to suit your needs .

Important Information

  • Check your bike before cycling. Are the brakes in working order? is the saddle the correct height? Is a bell fitted and working? Is there a bicycle lock?
  • If you are going to cycle at night, are the lights working?
  • You must obey the Road Traffic Law at all times. Concentrate, try to anticipate what is going to happen ahead of you and think safety. Do not take risks.
  • Do not jump red lights.
  • Stop at yellow lines.
  • Do not ride on pavements.
  • Children must wear a helmet and adults are advised to wear one.
  • Keep to speed limits, particularly on cycle tracks which are used by walkers.
  • Do not cycle on the beach, particularly if you have hired a bike. The sea and sand can damage your bicycle and you will lose your deposit if you do not comply.
  • Always lock your bike (or lose it!)
  • Where possible use cycle parking.
  • When overtaking another cyclist always ring your bell, check behind you and signal.
  • If you have a mechanical problem, pull clear of the traffic before attending to it.
  • Always signal your intentions well in advance of turning, overtaking, slowing down or stopping.

Recommended Accommodation

Grand Jersey
from £68 pp
Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa

Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa

Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa is the only 5 star hotel in St Helier. The hotel offers fantastic sea views over St Aubin’s bay and Elizabeth castle, an award winning spa and three AA Rosette restaurant.

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The Atlantic Hotel
from £76 pp
The Atlantic Hotel

The Atlantic Hotel

The Atlantic Hotel beautifully blends luxury with the most stunning ocean views over the west coast of Jersey.

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Chateau La Chaire
from £60 pp
Chateau La Chaire Hotel

Chateau La Chaire Hotel

Château La Chaire is a small, luxurious and traditional hotel which started life as a private home to a passionate gardener in the 19th century.

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Hotel Cristina
from £52 pp
Hotel Cristina

Hotel Cristina

Hotel Cristina sits in one of the best locations in Jersey. The full panoramic view over St Aubin’s Bay is simply breathtaking and many visitors return to enjoy it year after year.

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Radisson Blu Hotel
from £60 pp
Radisson Blu Hotel

Radisson Blu Hotel

Located in a prime location on St Helier’s waterfront and offering easy access to the town centre and St. Aubin's Bay, the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel is a popular choice for many Jersey visitors.

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Somerville Hotel
from £57 pp
Somerville Hotel

Somerville Hotel

The Somerville is a large and beautiful hotel located in a prized location, overlooking the picturesque St Aubin’s village and harbour.

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Beausite Hotel
from £56 pp
Beausite Hotel

Beausite Hotel

The Beausite Hotel is a well-loved and relaxing hotel on Jersey's east coast, close to the Royal Jersey Golf Course, the picturesque Gorey harbour and Grouville Bay beach.

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Westhill Country Hotel
from £52 pp
Westhill Country Hotel

Westhill Country Hotel

The Westhill Country Hotel is a family-run hotel which sits in its own 5 acres of superb private grounds and landscaped gardens.

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Dolphin Hotel
from £42 pp
Dolphin Hotel

Dolphin Hotel

The Dolphin Hotel is a small and popular hotel located in the pretty harbour of Gorey on Jersey’s east coast.

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Porthole Suites
from £43 pp
Porthole Suites

Porthole Suites

Fantastically located in the delightful harbour village of St Aubin, Porthole Suites are spacious, contemporary and luxurious.

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