An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

Distance: 18.2 km
Difficulty: Moderate
Method: Walking
Wow Factor: 9 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: Most northerly island of the Channel Islands
  • Size: 780 hectares
  • Terrain: Mainly coastal path with some rougher sections
  • Access: Ferry and plane
  • Height gain: 404 metres
  • Map: Bailiwick of Guernsey: States of Guernsey Official Map.
  • Starting point: Alderney Quay Lat 49.274313 Long -2.2015786
  • Accommodation/food:

    Plenty in St Anne; Old Barn café/restaurant Longis Bay; café at Saye Beach Campsite

  • Island Summary:

    A rugged, wild and authentic island with the friendliest of locals just a few miles from France where the swirling seas of the English Channel and the Atlantic meet. Described as a slice of Britain with a French dressing and the most fortified island of the Channel Islands the landscape is an ever present window to the strategic role it played in military history. Alderney is where the sea is blue even on the grey days of winter.

  • Look out for:
    • Blonde hedgehogs
    • Puffins on Burhou island
    • Gannet colonies on Les Etacs and Ortac
    • WWII bunkers and forts
    • Swimming at Longis, Saye, Tunnel and Corblets Bays
  • Route description:

    This is a hugely varied coastal route passing most of the island’s fortifications and wildlife wonders. It mostly follows the well-marked coastal path but occasionally uses steep, rougher paths particularly on the eastern tip of the island to get a good view of the gannet colonies.

  • Getting there:

    There are scheduled sea and air links from the UK mainland, Guernsey, Jersey and France. The latest details can be found at: http://www.visitalderney.com/stay/travel/

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