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Coast & Country

Cycle Tour 2

7.1 miles
99 m
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1) Grandes Rocques Beach Kiosk

2) Grande Rocques Bistro

3) Saline (Grandes Rocques) Bay

This is another perfect location to watch Guernsey's amazing sunsets.

4) Saumarez Park

Saumarez Park is one of the island's main social venues. A delight in itself famous for its Camelias and Bamboos planted by Lord de Saumarez in what was once his house and estate.

5) The Peninsula Hotel

6) Rousse Headland

Rousse headland is home to a Napoleonic loop-holed tower and battery in a single fortification.

7) Rousse Tower

Fully restored loop-holed tower was originally built in the 19th century to defend the island against the threat of a French invasion.

8) Rousse Kiosk

9) Pulias Pond

10) Port Soif Common

Port Soif common forms a nature conservation area which includes vestiges of Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements.

11) Port Soif Bay

The west coast beach of Port Soif is cocooned by sand dunes making it safe, sheltered and easy to access.

Flat apart for a half-mile climb to get inland from Cobo

This route over even terrain with a mix of quiet country lanes and the busier coastal thoroughfare is an ideal short ride for the novice, and suitable for a summer evening.

The west coast road provides opportunities to leave the route temporarily and take in the scenic contrasts of rugged rocky headlands and golden sandy bays, and also visit the historical fortifications at Rousse – a loopholed tower with an adjoining open battery constructed between 1778/79 – and Grandes Rocques where an infantry strongpoint and resistance nest of German origin is incorporated within an earlier coastal defensive position. The inland part of the route winds its way through pleasant pastureland and past traditional old Guernsey farmhouses.

The opportunity to study the way of life a hundred years ago is presented at the Folk and Costume Museum at Saumarez Park (check for opening times) – no riding here please!

The charming nature of Guernsey is amply demonstrated by the petite fields and easy views across the northern part of the island.

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