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  • Kayaking
  • Cycling along the coast road
  • Guernsey farmhouse
  • Evening soaking at Vazon

Outdoors

From the long stretches of white sandy beaches to the rugged cliffs, Guernsey's ever-changing environment is a haven for lovers of the great outdoors.

Breathe in the fresh sea air as you stroll along Britain's Cleanest Beach, weave through the bluebells in the beautiful wooded valleys and watch the sun set over the west coast - Guernsey and its neighbouring islands have so much to offer outside, you won't want to go indoors.The islands are perfect for an outdoors holiday within easy reach of the UK. The island is home to important nature reserves and spectacular floral displays, from the vibrant hanging baskets that line St Peter Port's high street to the orchid fields out west, the cliff paths lined with wild hedgerows and the formal planted gardens. Whatever the weather, you will feel invigorated after a day out in Guernsey's outdoors.

Escape to the country and head inland to Guernsey's rural lanes and pathways.

St Martins village

Traditional granite farmhouses and cottages dot the countryside where fields separated with hedgerows form a patchwork where Guernsey cows graze. Agriculture is still a vital industry in the island and the hilltop fields fall away to the coast offering stunning sea views.

Explore the nature reserves and parks or go off the beaten track and explore the lanes and Ruette Tranquilles where nature is literally at your fingertips.

The network of country lanes have a recommended speed limit of 15mph with priority given to walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Animals made from vegetables class at the West Show Onions on show

Country shows still thrive in the island with the North, South and West Shows reflecting the sense of community that exists, particularly in the more rural parishes. They offer a window into traditional island life not only from the past, but how it fits into modern life.

Guernsey Reservoir

Walking is one of the best ways to get a real feel for the island's natural beauty, but if you want to hang up your walking boots, cycling and horse-riding are a great alternative. The heart of the island offers the perfect rural retreat just hours from the UK.

Rural interior

The interior houses a number of visitor attractions including the German Occupation Museum, which offers an insight into life in the island between 1940 and 1945, and The Little Chapel. Though to be the smallest chapel in the world, the labour of love was built by Brother Deodat in 1914 as a miniature version of the famous grotto and basilica at Lourdes, France.

If you want to get away from it all and take life in the slow lane for a while, you have taken the right turning.

Serious business at the country shows Little Chapel