From Nature reserves to Ancient Settlements

Walk 4, Section 4

1 Hour
17 m
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1) Port Soif Bay

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

2) Port Soif Nature Trail

The trail takes visitors around a football ground near to Port Soif beach which leads to a pond and small area of marshland.

3) Port Soif Common

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

4) Portinfer

Portinfer is a great surf spot that picks up more swell than Vazon.

5) Pulias Pond

6) Rousse Headland

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

This lovely gentle short walk takes in a stretch of coastline that encompasses a rare wetland habitat, Guernsey's only remaining quarry and the ubiquitous loop-holed tower. Beyond Port Soif and its popular kiosk, lies a nature conservation area and vestiges of ancient settlements.

The nearest land across the water from this point is America and the sea can be rough during the winter months. Portinfer reflects this in its name - 'port' meaning 'harbour' in the Breton language and 'infer' signifying 'hell' in French. At the end of this walk, you come across Rousse headland where the remains of two ancient burial sites have been found. The coastline is dotted with charming kiosks and cafes that offer local specialities that are the perfect pick-me-up after a long walk.

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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