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Our Favourite Spots in Guernsey

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Guernsey Guides' Favourite Secret Spot in the Islands

We asked some of our tour guides to tell us what their favourite places in the Islands of Guernsey are.

We have a lot of very knowledgeable guides on the Islands of Guernsey, each with their own specialties. They can make your trip to Guernsey even more special with their stories in each of their favourite places.

We asked a few to tell us about their favourite spot in the islands. This is what they told us.

View over Moulin Huet

Korinne Le Page: Moulin Huet

"I just love Moulin Huet Bay and the surrounding valley. Not only is it a feast for the eyes, it is also rich in history of famous people as well as flora, fauna and folklore. Every time I take people there on a tour, it really does have that 'wow factor'!

On my tour, which is 'Walking in Renoir’s Footsteps', we actually do take the route Renoir took during his stay in Guernsey in the Summer of 1883. He painted over 20 masterpieces all around this area and the great writer Victor Hugo’s also paid frequent visits to Moulin Huet. I love to take people around this beautiful place and my family are blessed to own the lower part of the valley, including the actual cottage Renoir painted in 'Brouillard a Guernesey' and where Victor Hugo regularly pick-nicked with his family and friends.

I look forward to taking you too on your next trip to Guernsey!"

 

The Magic of Sark Island

Tour Guide Jackie Ward

Jackie Ward: Sark Island

"My secret walking place is Sark.

As much as I love all 17.5 miles of Guernsey cliffs, there is nothing better than an annual trip to Sark.  Starting with a glorious 45 minute boat journey hoping to see dolphins en route.  A hearty breakfast in The Avenue is next before walking through Dixcart Valley and witnessing the wonderful wild flowers, through to the cliffs and over the Coupee to Little Sark to visit the Venus pool.

No visit to Sark is complete without sampling a cream tea before returning down the hill to the harbour. Sark is natural and unspoilt with lots of walks to uncover the beautiful character of this island within the Bailiwick of Guernsey."

Cliff Paths in Guernsey

Vivienne Wenman

Vivienne Wenman: Bec du Nez

"A hidden fisherman's harbour nestling in the rocky cliffs of St Martin on Guernsey which has been used by generations of local fishermen for their crab boats.

In the 1800s, a Canon Emplacement was built here and this was a favourite spot used for smuggling contraband when the soldiers were not around.

A beautiful secret spot to relax and soak in the tranquility and abundance of wild flowers. The only sounds you will hear are the birds and the waves lapping against the rocks whilst taking in the magnificent views of the neighbouring islands of Sark and Herm."

Victor Hugo's Hauteville House

Agnes Perry - Victor Hugo's Writing Room

"My favourite secret place in Guernsey is the room at the very top of Hauteville House where Victor Hugo used to spend each morning writing. From there you have a magnificent panoramic view of St Peter Port's harbour, Castle Cornet and the islands of Herm and Sark. And on a clear day, you can see the coast of France. This room is known as the 'look-out'. It is where Victor Hugo wrote some of his most famous work, such as Les Miserables." 

Lihou Island

Gill Girard on her Lihou Walk

Gill Girard: Lihou Island

"Trying to choose one favourite walk has been extremely difficult as there are so many I enjoy. I love taking people who have never been across the cobbled causeway to Lihou Island. This is a special place, though not very secret! When I was researching the island for a guided walk, I was often the only person there during the winter months. It felt remote, wild and unspoilt.

But I’m looking forward to the end of lockdown when we can resume a family tradition and all go across for a summer picnic and swim in Venus Pool - a beautiful, long deep natural swimming pool. Now this is a bit more of a secret, as the natural rock pool is difficult to see from above and takes some scrambling over the rocks to find. Well worth it when you do!"

I'm looking forward to helping you discover Lihou Island and the many other gorgeous walks on our coast and in our countryside."

Soo Wellfair on the Occupation Trail

Soo Wellfair: Guernsey Lanes

"Guernsey is a wonderful place to both live and work in and I feel extremely blessed to have so much history and beauty, right on my doorstep. Guernsey has a unique identity, which makes it a fascinating place to explore and discover what makes this little island so special. 

I'm a real 'outdoorsy' person and try to get out every day if I can; whether that's walking, running or cycling. And no two days are ever the same as the landscape is so varied. One day you might be exploring hidden coves or sprawling beaches. Another, you might find yourself trekking along our beautiful cliff paths, or enjoying a quiet stroll through a peaceful lane or woodland area.

In the photo above, I am standing beside one of the information boards which forms part of our Occupation Trail (which I am proud to say I was involved in creating). This board marks the start of Gypsy Lane; one of Guernsey's 90+ 'Green Lanes'. It is in an area where the coast meets the countryside and is an area of outstanding beauty and tranquility. Gypsy Lane links the areas of Calais and La Bouvee and is a quiet, rural area with some wonderful examples of the quintessential Guernsey farmhouse, as well as some larger manor houses. It is also a great place to visit if you are a fan of the 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' book or film, as this is the area some of the main characters were thought to have had their homes in the story."

Our guides can't wait to show you all of their favourite places on the Islands of Guernsey. 

Find a future tour for you and get to know our guides more on the website for The Bailiwick of Guernsey Guild for Accredited Guides.

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