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Our Spring Walking Festival is Going Virtual

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Our Spring Walking Festival is Going Virtual

While we can't host our usual Spring Walking Festival this year, to avoid disappointment we are bringing a taster of this Spring celebration to you on Saturday 23rd May 2020.

The Islands of Guernsey are renowned for our fantastic walking routes and guided walks with local experts and enthusiasts are the perfect way to discover our great outdoors.

We usually host two walking festivals a year - one in Spring and one in Autumn. This year, we sadly cannot host our usual Spring version. However, we have reached out to our wonderful team of island tour guides, all accredited with the Bailiwick of Guernsey Guild of Accredited Guernsey Guides and we're taking it online to give you a taste of what walking in Guernsey is really like.

On Saturday 23rd May, we will host a series of short videos from our guides to allow you to enjoy the Islands of Guernsey from wherever you are in the world. From coastal wildflowers and seabirds to neolithic history and defence towers, enjoy snippets of our stunning surroundings from the comfort of your home.

Take a virtual walk with our guides

Meet the Guides

Gill Girard

 

 

 

 

Gold Accredited Guide, Gill Girard is a keen walker and knows the island of Guernsey like the back of her hand. She organises and leads walking tours around Guernsey and Lihou. Gill was also the guide who helped the film crews with their research for the Guernsey movie: The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society.

Soo Wellfair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soo is a Silver Accredited Guide with a passion for the outdoors and the history of Guernsey. She offers a wide range of tours across the island, including family walks and a "foodie tour". Soo loves to incorporate historical photographs, videos and memorabilia alongside fascinating stories to make her tours come to life.

Mireille Ball 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mireille is a Silver Accredited Guide who offers a variety of tours both on foot and by car/coach around St Peter Port and beyond. She was born in Guernsey of French parents and offers her tours in both languages.

Agnès Perry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agnès has more than 15 years of guiding experience in Guernsey. She is a Silver Accredited Guide who offers a variety of tailor made tours around the Islands of Guernsey in both French and English. In addition to her love of local history and nature, she is also a keen photographer.

Jackie Ward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jackie is a Guernsey-born girl and has re-trained as a tour guide after 30 years in the finance industry. She is a Silver Accredited Guide who offers private car tours as well as St Peter Port walking tours.

The Little Chapel

Here are some of the highlights that you can expect:

  • A mini tour of Moulin Huet, known as Renoir's Bay as it is the place he created some of his best paintings during his month-long stay on the island in 1883. Views are now marked with a huge frame, so you stand on the exact same spot that he found inspiration. 
  • Victor Hugo is a famous previous resident of the island. In Victor Hugo's Guernsey, you will get a quick overview of Victor Hugo's lesser known favourite places on the island, including what he called "the coast of mirages". See if you can spot the baboon or the camel that he saw in the rocks!
  • The occupation of Guernsey during the Second World War has forever shaped the island. On our virtual walking tour tasters, you will also get an insight into the occupation years and catch a glimpse of some of the many of the leftover forts and dolmens scattered along the coastline.
  • Learn more interesting facts about Guernsey and some of our lesser known treasures: from the recently renovated Little Chapel to virtual views of the Guernsey countryside and our wildlife, as well as a little insight into our famous Guernsey cows.
  • Get to know Lihou Island. The Islands of Guernsey are made up of 5 islands: Sark, Herm, Alderney, Guernsey and Lihou. Gold Accredited Guide, Gill Girard is taking you on a walk of Lihou, so that you can learn more about it.

View the full schedule here: Get a Taste of our Spring Walking Festival

Gill Girard on Lihou Island

Short video tour tasters will be streamed on Saturday 23rd May for you to enjoy our islands online until we are able to welcome you again.

And if you feel inspired after watching, don't forget about the Autumn Walking Festival, which at the moment is still planned to go ahead. We look forward to welcoming you in future. 

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