Guernsey

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Hi I’m Lisa. Welcome to Islandeering I’m an islandeer, author and marine conservationist and passionate about sharing what I have learnt from my travels around the islands of the British Isles to help you find an adventure. I started the project 12 years ago after I had one of those light bulb moments and realised the pure magic that islands held for me. After meeting so many people on their island travels who shared my passion and told me that I must share my experiences so that others could do the same I set up Islandeering.com, where we are passionate about promoting responsible travel to our great British islands.
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High Point: Guernsey Airport terminal, 107 metres
Population: 62,792
Size: 6500 ha
Wild Factor: 5 out of 10

Overview: The second largest of the Channel Islands, Guernsey is resolutely British yet it feels Mediterranean. From pretty St Peter Port with its glittering, cosmopolitan marina, leafy, cobbled streets and lush botanic gardens to the coastline’s gloriously expansive golden beaches, hidden coves and cliff tops dotted with World War II fortifications there is plenty to explore. It is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey along with sister islands of Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou and Lihou and many small islets and rocks. A centre for tourism and international finance, its famous icon is the Guernsey cow prized for its rich creamy milk. There are activities galore on the island with a coast path, waymarked cycle routes, sea swimming and every water sport imaginable. Easy to get to with frequent ferries arriving from Portsmouth, Poole and St Malo; regular flights arrive from a range of UK and other European destinations. Guernsey is the hub for inter-island transport with frequent services to Jersey, Alderney, Sark and Herm. A full range of accommodation is available.

Type of island: inhabited

Location: Bailiwick of Guernsey, Channel Islands

How to get to Guernsey: Condor Ferries from Portsmouth to Guernsey. Direct flights arrive from many European destinations.

Getting around Guernsey: On foot. Walking on Guernsey is one of the best ways to see its many attractions and beautiful coastline. The island is criss-crossed with a fine network of paths, including the spectacular 63 km circular Guernsey Coast Path. Bike. Cycling on Guernsey is a great way to explore the miles of quiet green lanes (ruettes tranquilles) of the island which have a maximum speed of 15mph.  There are hundreds of route possibilities, with 11 ‘Official Routes‘, that visitors can take to explore the island. They range from flat western and northern coastal rides to quiet country lanes and leafy valleys on roads that take in many of the island’s visitor attractions and great pitstops. There are also many places to hire bikes. By bus. You can get almost anywhere with Guernsey’s Buses which links the island’s main locations and attractions with the central bus station at St Peter Port. All bus fares have a fixed price of £1 per journey, no matter the distance you go, although if you take the round-the-island coastal bus route and don’t get off before the end of the circular route, you will be charged £5.

Best time to go to Guernsey: the best months for good weather in Jersey are June, July, August, September and October with the warmest months being July, August and September. The coldest months are January and February and the rainiest are January, October, November and December. The best months for swimming are August and September

Dog friendly: Guernsey is a dog friendly destination. No doggy passport required and plenty of dog-friendly accommodation

Food and drink on Guernsey: Guernsey is becoming a gastro-destination, with an abundance of local produce, from chillies to gin, fresh seafood and international cuisine – all celebrated at the Guernsey’s Food Festival. There are beach cafés, upmarket restaurants, farm stalls and homegrown garden stalls – all offering plenty of local character and flavour.

Accommodation on Guernsey: Guernsey’s accommodation offers a full range of accommodation from fantastic hotels, self-catering, holiday cottages and camping accommodation

Contacts:  Visit Guernsey Information Centre, email enquiries@visitguernsey.com. Tel 01481 223552

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Guernsey

About Us

Hi I’m Lisa. Welcome to Islandeering I’m an islandeer, author and marine conservationist and passionate about sharing what I have learnt from my travels around the islands of the British Isles to help you find an adventure. I started the project 12 years ago after I had one of those light bulb moments and realised the pure magic that islands held for me. After meeting so many people on their island travels who shared my passion and told me that I must share my experiences so that others could do the same I set up Islandeering.com, where we are passionate about promoting responsible travel to our great British islands.
Learn More

Join our Islandeering community

We have a lot of fun here, as we continuously find new islands and meet plenty of great folks along the way. Join our community to get new routes and adventures, latest blogs and news by using the email box below. Tune in also to our Facebook and Instagram pages to see where we are going next.
Distance: 49 km
Difficulty: Moderate
Method: Cycling (road)
Wow Factor: 7 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: Channel Islands
  • Size: 6500 hectares
  • Terrain: Main coastal roads and quieter lanes. lat with a couple of notable ascents
  • Access: Ferry from Poole
  • Height gain: 504 metres
  • Map: Bailiwick of Guernsey; States of Guernsey Official Map
  • Starting point: Ferry terminal, St Peter Port
  • Accommodation/food:

    Plenty of great pitstops throughout the ride

  • Island Summary:

    Cycling in Guernsey is one of the best ways of exploring the island, with excellent and quiet routes leading to most of the many attractions, secluded bays and charming, rural interior. This cycle route around the whole of Guernsey follows the coastline as closely as possible. One of the main island roads follows the north coast, which can sometimes be busy, but in the south the route uses the smaller, quieter lanes with some detours to explore the smaller bays. Mostly flat there are a few steeper climbs to spice things up a bit.

  • Look out for:
    • Cycling along the Ruttes Tranquilles
    • Steep descent to Petit Bot Valley and Bay
    • Fast, flat route from Grand Roques to Pleinmont
  • Route description:

    Guernsey’s round island cycle route starts at the ferry terminal at St Peter Port. Turn right along the Esplanade and follow it north along the east coast using the cycle lane most of the way to St Sampson. Follow the quiet country lanes before rejoining the north coast’s main coastal road at L’Islet. The route along the north and west coast passes some of the best bays Guernsey has to offer at Port Grat, Cobo Bay, Port Soif, Rocquaine Bay and Vazon Bay before finally reaching Portlet Beach – there are numerous fortifications along the way if you want to break the tempo of this fast, flat stretch of road. Turning south with a short, steep climb over Pleinmont the route along the south coast uses mostly quiet lanes with the occasional stretch on the main road. The highlight is an exciting descent in to Petit Bot Bay and the requisite steep ascent the other side before joining the main road back in to St Peter Port.

  • Getting there:

    Condor Ferries from Portsmouth to Guernsey. Direct flights arrive from many European destinations.

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