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Walking

Walking is one of the best ways to explore the island's stunning coastline and countryside.

Guernsey is a walker's paradise. With 28.5 miles of spectacular cliff paths, sweeping bays and rural lanes, walking in Guernsey offers visitors plenty of opportunities to explore.

Trails and pathways are just a short walk from the main roads, but feel like a world away. Guernsey's ever-changing shoreline offers ramblers a different view with each visit which will rival UK walking holidays.

From the paths which run through nature reserves, around sandy bays and across windswept commons to exploring the historic ancient backstreets of the capital St Peter Port, walking takes visitors the extra mile.

Early in 2014 an exciting new opportunity to discover Guernsey will be introduced. Tasty Walks is a series of eleven self guided walks, with each of the routes having some nearby eateries offering refreshments. This may be a cream tea at one of our coastal kiosks, or a wonderful evening meal at an award-winning restaurant, after a full days exploring.

The eleven routes cover much of the island and give a range of terrains and places to discover. Follow the routes by picking up a copy of our Tasty Walks booklet, or by downloading the routes from our online map. Why not also download our audio guide to listen to on route.

Further details on all of our Tasty Walks will be available soon.

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From the flats of the north to the challenging cliff path routes of the south coast, there is no better way to experience Guernsey than on foot.

Whether it is in your wellies, your hiking boots or your flip flops, taking a gentle stroll or out for a serious trek, there is a walking route perfect for you.

Narrow paths stretch from La Vallette near the Bathing Pools to the east of St Peter Port around the rugged coastline towards Fermain Bay which provides the perfect stop off for thirsty walkers with a cafe open from spring through to autumn.

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The Fairy Ring at Pleinmont, where the south coast meets the west, is steeped in folklore but the real story lies in an ancient path trodden in the 1700s.

When the tides are right, you can cross the seabed on the cobbled causeway to Lihou Island, the most westerly of the Channel Islands.

Guernsey's first designated Ramsar site is a birdwatchers paradise and encompasses the island and two neighbouring nature reserves along with the inter-tidal area and outlying reefs and rocks.

Take time to explore the many historical fortifications around the coastline and stop off at one of the many kiosks for a cuppa and a slice of Guernsey Gâche, which is an absolute must.

Head inland, through the rural parishes where sub-tropical plants are found growing wild along the paths or explore Guernsey's parks and gardens including the Old Victorian Walled garden at Saumarez Park, Castel and Candie Gardens, a short walk for the centre of St Peter Port.

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For a more urban experience, head to the streets of the capital and delve into the alleys and winding steps hidden between the cobbled town streets.

Whether you choose to follow a guide or go it alone, Guernsey is waiting for you to put your best foot forward. Watch our, 'Walking holidays in Guernsey' video below.

If you want to have a mooch around Guernsey in your own time, but don't know where to start, there are plenty of printed guides to help you get going.

Whether you are pulling on your hiking boots for a ramble along the south east cliff paths or taking a walk, barefoot, across uninterrupted sandy beaches, you can do as little or as much as you like.

Self guided walking holidays in Guernsey give you the opportunity to veer off down lanes and paths, getting lost has never been so much fun.  Without a timetable to stick to you can take in the island at your own pace and stop off along the way for a sit down to take in the view, an ice cream or go the whole hog and break up a walk with a naughty cream tea or long lunch.

Early in 2014 an exciting new opportunity to discover Guernsey will be introduced. Tasty Walks is a series of eleven self guided walks, with each of the routes having some nearby eateries offering refreshments. This may be a cream tea at one of our coastal kiosks, or a wonderful evening meal at an award-winning restaurant, after a full days exploring.

The eleven routes cover much of the island and give a range of terrains and places to discover. Follow the routes by picking up a copy of our Tasty Walks booklet, or by downloading the routes from our online map. Why not also download our audio guide to listen to on route.

Further details on all of our Tasty Walks will be available soon.

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Various walking literature is available from the Guernsey Information Centre, including:

The Must Have Map of Guernsey: with details of floral, environmental and heritage sites, as well as accredited places of interest and more: free of charge.

The Walking Map of Guernsey: with points of interest along the whole of Guernsey's coast, as well as two suggested circular walks: free of charge.

Map of St Peter Port: Five walking routes through the historic town of St Peter Port, with details on points of interest: free of charge.

Guernsey Coastal Walks and Nature Trails: 16 walks throughout the island. Available to buy from The Guernsey Information Centre and other outlets, priced £7.50

It is not just Guernsey that offers great walks. Its sister Bailiwick islands are each unique and with their own very distinct personality.

Herm is a haven of peace and tranquillity, Alderney is well-known for its nature reserves and sea bird colonies and car-free Sark is a welcome reminder to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life.

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The Channel Island Way: The Way covers five of the Channel Islands: Guernsey, Alderney, SarkHerm and Jersey.  Available to buy from The Guernsey Information Centre and other outlets, priced £9.95

If you are serious about walking, and you want to experience what all the islands have to offer, this new 110-mile, island-hopping, walking route will be right up your street.

Travelling between the Islands:

There are regular transport links between all of the Islands.
Alderney: Regular flights and a seasonal ferry service from Guernsey.
Sark: reached by a 45-minute ferry ride from Guernsey. 
Herm: reached by a 20-minute ferry ride from Guernsey.
Jersey: Regular ferry and flights from Guernsey.

Guided walks in Guernsey offer an insight into the island that you may miss if you choose to go it alone. The Bailiwick of Guernsey Guild of Accredited Guides are all passionate about the island and its history. They have a wealth of knowledge and are never happier than when they are sharing it with walkers.

Guides unveil the secrets and nooks and crannies that make Guernsey so special.

Guernsey has been the home of famous writers and painters, including Victor Hugo and Renoir and clues remain all around the island that give us an indication of the island's rich and fascinating history - from Neolithic times, through to the Occupation right up to the 21st Century.

The island's temperate climate and variety of habitat makes it an ideal place for many species of bird to nest or visit. There are RSPB walks throughout the spring and summer that will take you to the best places to observe them. 

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The National Trust of Guernsey and La Societe Guernesiaise are guardians of many nature reserves and protected areas, with wonderful walks through some of Guernsey's prettiest areas.

Accredited guides are available throughout the year for guided walks on most aspects of Island life. In spring and autumn there are Walking Festivals which are a great opportunity to learn more about the island, providing you with insights you might otherwise miss.

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Guides are also available throughout the year for a variety of walks covering many topics, as well as tailor-made walks on request. The guides are also available if you are coming to Guernsey from Europe as part of guided walking holidays.

If you want to explore the island, but don't know where to start, let someone else guide you through it. See the Guide of Guides website  and our, 'Guided walks in Guernsey' video below.