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Sark, Guernsey
Distance: 17.3 km
Difficulty: Challenging (if on a day-trip)
Method: Walking
Wow Factor: 8 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: Channel Islands
  • Size: 545 hectares
  • Terrain: good paths; occasionally hilly
  • Access: boat
  • Height gain: 483 metres
  • Map: Bailiwick of Guernsey; States of Guernsey Official Map
  • Starting point: Creux Harbour
  • Accommodation/food:

    plenty on the island

  • Island Summary:

    Sark bills itself as ‘a world apart’, a reputation that is not determined by its location alone. With car traffic banned and transport a choice between horse & cart or tractor and its own parliament and laws there is a way of life here that reads like a weather forecast. ‘’Today will be mildly quirky with the occasional outburst of squabbling’’. Topographically, Sark is a steep-sided island with dramatic cliffs and few beaches, topped by a plateau of luxuriant small fields stitched together by miniature woodlands and hedgerows alive with birdsong and the drone of thriving insects. At night time Sark sets itself further apart though as the world’s first dark sky island and a simply incredible place to wonder at the never ending star-studded skies

  • Look out for:
    • Venus pool in Little Sark
    • The Window in the Rock in the side of the headland at Port du Moulin
    • Stargazing
  • Route description:

    the route starts as you exit the tunnel after disembarking the boat. It climbs immediately onto the island’s plateau for great views of Creux Harbour before skirting Derrible Bay and plunging towards Dixcart bay. Back on the plateau the route crosses the spectacular La Coupee and circumnavigates Little Sark, with its historic mines and opportunity for a quick dip in the tidal Venus Pool. Then back on to the west coast of Sark with its agricultural fields and tantalizing views across to the privately-owned Brecqhou and source of much consternation for Sark’s parliament. Heading inland for the first time the route uses one of the main island ‘streets’ where cafes, supplies and island attractions are plentiful. Turning north the warren of paths on Eperquerie Common make navigating interesting before finally heading south and skirting the main part of ‘town’ to reach Creux harbour

  • Getting there:

    boat from Guernsey (Isle of Sark Shipping Company) or Jersey/France (Manche Iles Express)

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