Acient Watering Holes to a Grand Manor House

Walk 9

2 Hour
56 m
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1) St Martin's Church

At the entrance is 'La Gran'mere du Chimquiere' - the oldest woman in Guernsey

2) Guernsey Farming

Tasty Walk point of interest

3) Fontaines & Abreuveurs

Fontaines and abreuveurs are another feature to look out for. Some are a simple trough while others include both a trough for the cattle and a fontaine from which locals would collect their drinking water.

4) Moulin Huet Bay

Moulin Huet Bay is located in the depths of St. Martins, with shallow waters as turquoise as the Caribbean and breathtaking views of the cliffs.

5) The Former Sausmarez Mill

The remains of an old mill, one of the many that existed in Guernsey for the grinding of corn.

6) Sausmarez Manor

Possibly one of the most interesting, beautiful and varied places on the island, encompassing so many different things to see and do, including a Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society tour. A delightful spot with sub-tropical gardens and sculpture park.

This walk explores the beautiful floral parish of St Martin's from its ancient church to its grand manor house. As you approach the church, you come across reminder of earlier pagan times in the form of an ancient statue known as 'La Gran'mere du Chimquiere'. She often wears a garland of flowers offered by couples marrying in the church as a symbol of good fortune. This rural route affords an opportunity to admire the indigenous cattle of Guernsey with their distinctive brown and white markings and the ancient troughs where they used to drink. One of the island's finest houses, Sausmarez Manor is reputedly haunted. Guernsey's mild climate enables a great diversity of flora to thrive in its sub-tropical gardens.

The South coast cliffs of this walk offer one of the island's most spectacular viewpoints and were much admired by the likes of Renoir and Victor Hugo. The parish offers many places to stop and eat from hearty lunches in country pubs to kiosks and cafes. Alternatively, pick a bench that overlooks your favourite bay and enjoy a picnic with a 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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