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Fishing Ports Prehistoric Tombs & sweeping Common Land

Walk 5, Section 1

1.5 Hour
33 m
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1) 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.

2) Le Grande Havre

Le Grande Havre was where the Vale was once seperated from the rest of Guernsey.

3) Vale Pond

The Vale Pond provides a breeding habitat for a variety of bird-life, including snipe, heron and little egrets, and has a public viewing hide.

4) Les Amarreurs

Les Amarreurs is a hidden gem in Guernsey’s north. It is a scenic beach with a small jetty at the western end of L'Ancresse Common.

5) Les Fouaillages

Les Fouaillages is a Neolithic burial mound, which could possibly be the oldest man-made structure in Europe.

6) Ladies Bay

Ladies Bay is a family friendly beach on the north-east corner of Guernsey.

7) L'Ancresse Common

L'Ancresse Common is a large public grassy common surrounded by multiple beaches, the most notable of which are L'Ancrese and Pembroke.

8) Millennium Stone

9) La Varde Passage Grave

Large Megalithic chambered tomb, with a capstone weighing over ten tons

10) L'Ancresse/Pembroke Bays

Pembroke and L’Ancresse bay, situated at the most northern part of the island, accommodates sandy beaches and clear turquoise waters.

This wild and beautiful part of Guernsey's coastline is made up largely of common land and is a major recreational area with a golf course, edged with long sandy beaches.

The common is also rich in historical sites dating back up to 6,000 years. Within a very short distance of each other, you can find prehistoric structures, Napoleonic towers, Second World War fortifications and a modern-day Millennium stone, unveiled by the Her Majesty the Queen in 2001. At the beginning of the walk there are plenty of places to eat and drink, kiosks along the way and a café/bistro at the end. Of course, there's always a sheltered spot to be found on the beach to take a picnic and admire the view.

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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