Experiences 13 May 2022

10 New Routes to Try during the Spring Walking Festival

Join experienced and professional Guides from the Bailiwick of Guernsey Guild of Accredited Guides for their annual Spring Walking Festival.  From Saturday 21 May to Sunday 5 June, each day will see a range of guided walks exploring Guernsey, Herm and Sark. 

From coastal hikes and hidden ruettes tranquilles, to exploring our beautiful capital. Each walk starts close to a bus stop and parking area and is rated from a leisurely stroll to a more testing hike. 

Locally accredited Guides will share their knowledge and help you to discover so much about the islands.

1 - Victor Hugo’s Vale 

Walk in the footsteps of Victor Hugo in the island’s most northerly parish. Hugo drew much inspiration from visiting the Vale, which provided the backdrop for several locations in Toilers of the Sea. Discover these alongside other Hugo related history on this delightful walk. 

Date: 21 May
Guide: Victoria Robinson Silver Accredited Guide
Meet: In front of old Quayside building, St Sampson 
Start: 2.00pm | End: 3.30pm
Contact: victoria.robinson@cwgsy.net | 07781 438092
Finding the location: Perry’s ref: 11, F3 |  What3Words: ///retract.event.welfare
Bus routes: 11 
Ability: Moderate
Cost: £10
Length: 1.5 miles

2 - Sunset at Rocquaine

Take a walk around the lanes of Rocquaine in the Parish of St Pierre du Bois with stories of farming and fishing. A walk through the back lanes of Rocquaine, through Le Coudre, Les Cambrées, Le Profond Val and Douit du Moulin. A few rough tracks and inclines, wear appropriate shoes. There will be plenty of stops and things to see including valleys and sea views. A parish steeped in folklore with tales of witches, superstitions and a mysterious death… 

Date: 21 May
Guide: Rosalyne Le Huray Silver Accredited Guide
Meet: Fort Grey Slipway (please park at Rocquaine Bay)
Start: 6.30pm | End: 8.45pm 
Contact: rosalynelehuray@yahoo.co.uk |  07781127263
Finding the location: Perry’s ref: 20, B5 | What3Words: ///monument.cooperates.inkjet 
Bus routes: 91, 92, 93, 94 
Ability: Hike 
Cost: £10 (includes hot drink & homemade Guernsey Gâche while watching the sunset) 
Length: 3 miles

3 - Time Travellers in the Castel

Walking the country lanes whilst learning of the myths, legends and history of the parish. Experiencing the panoramic views, both coastal and countryside. A physical walk with plenty of high points. To be rewarded with refreshments on return to the hotel. 

Date: 23 May
Guide: Rachel Dovey Silver Accredited Guide
Meet: Le Fleur de Jardin, Kings Mills 
Start: 1.30pm | End: 3.30pm
Contact: rdovey59@gmail.com | 07911 145103 
Finding the location: Perry’s ref: 14, 4C | What3Words: ///tonally.admissions. biotech 
Bus routes: 61 
Ability: Hike 
Cost: £15 including refreshments 
Length: 5 miles

4 - In the steps of Denys Corbet - A Poet’s Odyssey

Beginning at the ancient church of St. Peter, holder of the keys in this parish of land and sea, we walk in the steps of a 19th century Guernesiais poet/chronicler who unlocks the stories behind its places, people, folklore and the spirit(ual) worlds.

Date: 23 May 
Guide: Yan Marquis Silver Accredited Guide 
Meet: Les Buttes - St. Pierre du Bois (St. Peter’s Church) 
Start: 10.30am | End: 12.30pm 
Contact: janmarquis@suremail.gg | 07781 166606 
Finding the location: Perry’s ref: 27, 1F | What3Words: ///gazer.stairway.emitter 
Bus routes: 93, 94, 61, 71 
Ability: Moderate 
Cost: £10
Length: 3 miles

5 - Cows and Coast

An opportunity to learn about the Guernsey Conservation Herd where you will be able to see 6 steers. They are all pure breed Guernseys. You will be able to get up close with the cattle and see how grazing can help the environment and increase biodiversity. 

Date: 27 May
Guide: Dave Bartram Silver Accredited Guide 
Meet: L’Ancresse - West Coast –  will be confirmed on booking 
Start: 2.00pm End: 3.00pm 
Contact: bartyonblue@suremail.gg | 07781 168529 
Ability: Easy 
Cost: £10 
Length: 1 mile

6 - History and Mysteries from coast to park

Starting at the Southern end of Cobo bay, on this route you will stroll along the old Church path, country lanes and parkland before returning to the coast. En route, you will pass old quarries, and country homes, and see beautiful scenery and a whole lot of history. Fish and chips can be purchased (at extra cost) to enjoy at the end of the walk whilst (hopefully) taking in the famous Cobo sunset. 

Date: 27 May
Guide: Jo May Silver Accredited Guide 
Meet: Mims Kiosk – Cobo Bay 
Start: 6.00pm | End: 8.00pm
Contact: JoMayTours@outlook.com | 07911 716940 
Finding the location: Perry’s ref: 8, A4 | What3Words: ///Frost.dollar.caps
Bus routes: 42, 91 & 92. 41 is a 10 min walk. 
Ability: Easy 
Cost: £10 
Length: 1.5 miles

7 - Fairs, Militia and Mayhem

This circular walk starts at Saumarez Park around the historic parish of the Castel; hear about Country Fairs, The Militia, the origins of the country hospital, the discoveries at the Parish Church and a Shipwreck. 

Date: 30 May
Guide: Eric Grimsley Gold Accredited Guide 
Meet: Outside the residential Home, Saumarez Park 
Start: 10.00am | End: 12.00pm 
Contact: e.grimsley@cwgsy.net| 01481 255229
Finding the location: Perry’s ref: 15, B1 | What3Words: ///dash.decides.gardener 
Bus routes: 41, 42 
Ability: Moderate 
Cost: £10 
Length: 1.6 miles


8 - Constitution Law and Order 

Guernsey has very unique constitutional arrangements and fascinating history. Join Jo for a stroll through central St Peter Port where she will bring just some of that history to life and, take in today’s sights and sounds. 

Date: 31 May
Guide: Jo May Silver Accredited Guide 
Meet: Guernsey Information Centre, North Esplanade 
Start: 6.00pm | End: 7.30pm
Contact: JoMayTours@outlook.com | 07911 716940 
Finding the location: Perry’s ref: Town, L6 | What3Words: ///Stunning.embarks.encoded 
Bus routes: All 
Ability: Easy 
Cost: £10 
Length: 1 mile

9 - Montville Mooch

A tour of the south of St Peter Port to Les Hubits via Montville Gardens with tales of tunnelling, painting, haunting and sport, with local heroes in the abolition of slavery and capital punishment.

Date: 3 June
Guide: Andy Walker Silver Accredited Guide 
Meet: The Yacht Hotel 
Start: 1.30pm | End: 4.15pm 
Contact: andrewwalker@suremail.gg | 07911 729731 
Finding the location: Perry’s ref: Town, G9 | What3Words: ///coordinated.quaver.lighting
Bus routes: All
Ability: Hike 
Cost: £10 
Length: 3.25 miles

10 - The Den of Iniquity

A tour of Delancey Park with its fascinating history from Neolithic times up to the present day. The title comes from a Press article of 1915! 

Date: 5 June
Guide: Andy Walker Silver Accredited Guide 
Meet: Delancey Park Car Park 
Start: 10.00am | End: 11.30am 
Contact: andrewwalker@suremail.gg | 07911 729731 
Finding the location: Perry’s ref: 11, E4 | What3Words: ///fail.sketch.awaited 
Bus routes: 11, 12, 13, 21, 92 with a short walk to the start 
Ability: Moderate 
Cost: £10 
Length: 1 mile

This is just a small selection of the guided walking and hiking tours on offer: Visit this page for more details on the Spring Walking Festival.