Fairies, Forts & Deadly Shipwrecks

Walk 4, Section 1

2.5 Hour+
Moderate
121 m
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1) Portelet Harbour

Portelet Harbour is a small working fishing harbour where you can relax and watch the fishing boats or enjoy the sea and sand on this west-facing, safe and sheltered beach.

2) Fort Pezeries

Since at least 1680 there has been a fortification of some sort or another on this site.

3) Table des Pions - The Fairy Ring

In local folklore the site is linked with fairies, witches, and elves and as such the locals call it the Fairy Ring.

4) The Hanois Lighthouse

The Hanois Lighthouse was completed in 1862 and was manned until 1996

5) Pleinmont Observation Tower

Five-story naval observation tower was built and used by German forces from 1942 to 1945

6) Fort Grey

Known locally as the "Cup and Saucer", Fort Grey is a Martello Tower built in 1804 to defend Guernsey's west coast

7) Rocquaine Bay

Situated in the rural parish of St. Pierre du Bois, Rocquaine Bay is one of Guernsey’s shingle beaches.

8) L'Eree Bay

Situated in the South West corner of Guernsey, this is a very popular large bay. Another perfect location to enjoy our amazing sunset.

9) Le Creux ès Faies Passage Tomb

Le Creux ès Faies is a well preserved Megalithic passage tomb dated between 3,000 to 2,500 BC.

10) Fort Saumarez

In 1942, the occupying Germans built a huge concrete observation tower here

11) Lihou Island

There is so much to see on this walk from ancient monuments, to a shipwreck museum housed in a Martello Tower, vast sandy beaches and an island cut off by the tide.

The beginning of this walk is a loop that takes you through the lanes and around the Pleinmont headland where you will come across a fully-restored German observation tower and La Table Des Pions, known locally as the Fairy Ring, an ancient form of picnic table, also once believed to be the haunt of fairies and the devil. Le Creux es Faies, to be found further on in your walk, is also steeped in folklore and was believed to be the passageway leading to an underground world. It is, in fact, a prehistoric passage grave, built in the Neolithic period.

Lihou Island, at the end of this section of the walk, merits a visit when the tide allows as it is a 'Site of Nature Conservation Importance' and the location of an ancient priory. Hotels offer a more formal opportunity for a meal, for something on the move, stop off at one of the granite-housed beachside cafes that serve up hot and cold drinks, snacks and plenty of local dishes.

Download the audio description with Island FM's Andrew Senneck providing the voice over.  The audio offers insightful information to make the walk even more enjoyable.  Alternatively, you can download the walk map.

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