Cycling in Guernsey is one of the best ways to experience more of the island. The island has 11 official routes that take you through some of the island’s most scenic and peaceful areas in the parishes of Castel, Forest, St Andrew, St Martin, St Saviour, St Sampson and Vale.
On the routes Ruette Traquilles (the quiet lanes) priority is given to pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders, and the lanes have a recommended speed limit of 15 mph for motor vehicles. These routes wind through fields, woodland and past the glasshouses where salads were once grown, and down to small bays, great beaches and places of interest. There are numerous “hedge veg” stalls where locals sell fresh produce from their gardens or smallholdings using an honesty box system.
The west and north coasts offer flatter terrain, whilst the valleys in the south of Guernsey offer more of a challenge. Visit Guernsey have published a booklet of eleven cycling routes around the island which utilise the Ruettes Tranquilles and dedicated bike lanes, there are also plenty of places to hire bikes of all types.