Caving in Sark

There are many outdoor activities on Sark with coasteering, sea kayaking and cave exploration being some of the most exhilarating. Sark has a number of caves to explore with the best (and most accessible) being Gouliot Caves and Boutique Caves. Local company Adventure Sark offer excellent kayaking and coasteering trips to explore the caves whilst independent travellers may wish to buy La Trobe Guide to the Coast, Caves and Bays of Sark Rob Pilsworth 


Gouliot Caves

On the west coast of Sark, opposite Brecqhou, this headland holds a mind blowing array of natural wonders. Above ground wild flowers, including the rare sand crocus, bloom in the spring meadows, while the beautiful, accessible sea caves below are carpeted with sea anemones, sponges, soft corals and sea squirts. Water surges through this network of caverns on all but the lowest of tides and, laden with plankton, nourishes the rich marine life that colourfully adorns every available surface. The uniqueness of the caves, along with the wealth of marine life they support and the variety of flora above, led to the Gouliot Caves being declared a Wetland of International Importance.

The inner passages can only be reached on the lowest of Spring tides. Access is from Gouliot Headland, directly opposite Brecqhou, follow the broad grass path west from La Vaurocque and descend towards the headland. Just before the path starts to head out onto the headland take the path to the right along the top of a sea gorge on the right. Where this path ends on the promontory turn left and after a few metres the chimney entrance of the cave can be spotted. Descend into the main cavern, The Chimney, from where the other caves can be then explored. Take a torch.

Eperquerie Landing and Boutique Caves

The northern tip of Great Sark is a fabulous place to scramble, explore the caves, find the various shallow bathing pools or simply picnic on the Common to enjoy the fabulous views of the surrounding Channel Islands. Here, on the west coast, Boutique Caves offer a variety of tunnels, shallow pools to bathe in and wet and dry caves to explore at low tide with beautiful light throughout. Reached via a rocky scramble from the Common, it is not for the faint-hearted. On the east coast Eperquerie Landing offers good rocks to bathe amongst and a small paddling pool for children. It is also possible to explore the north end of Sark, Bec du Nez, at low tide by descending into the gulley dividing La Grune from the main island by way of some concrete steps and a little scramble.