There is no doubt that the Bailiwick of Guernsey is a walker’s paradise whether you enjoy leisurely strolls through coast and country or more challenging rambles along cliff paths that culminate in remarkable views across sweeping bays and neighbouring islands.
If you want to soak up some fascinating history, discover hidden gems, see thriving wildlife and experience the charm of St Peter Port’s town centre, then visiting Guernsey and its sister islands during the Spring Walking Festival (25th May – 9th June) needs to be at the top of your travel bucket list.
There will be over 50 guided walks for all ages and abilities, including 21 brand new offerings; a few of which are detailed here to give you a flavour of the variety in store.
With the reopening of Hauteville House – the former home of Les Misérables author Victor Hugo – why not follow in this famous writer’s footsteps as you visit the places that he loved with one of three themed walks? Start in the floral surroundings of Candie Gardens or visit the normally inaccessible cottage at Moulin Huet Bay where Hugo often picnicked.
History-themed walks taking in bunkers, tunnels and more from WWII will also be happening in Sark and Alderney, plus walks on Herm Island will tell the tales of heroes, myths, legends and famous visitors. These islands are all less than an hour from Guernsey.
On 30th May, meet your guide at Petit Bot Bay in the parish of Forest for a longer 3-hour walk. Hear some fascinating stories about the area as you make your way along paths and tracks that lead to picture-perfect views.
As nocturnal wildlife starts to stir, you’ll be able to join an evening amble on either 29th May or 5th June through the byways and green lanes between Saumarez Park and Vazon Bay in the Castel parish. This walk is timed to watch the west coast sunset – a truly breathtaking spectacle.
With short flights departing from 17 UK airports, including newly introduced seasonal routes from Bournemouth, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London Heathrow, London Southend and Newquay, it has never been easier to get to Guernsey.
Prices for walks start at £5 and can be booked by contacting guides directly using the event listing details on visitguernsey.com. Planning an autumn island break? Don’t forget to look out for the Guernsey Autumn Walking Festival (14th – 29th September).