A bus ride takes you from the town through the rural heart of the island to the low lying northern rocky coastline. The coast path leads you past sandy bays & rocky outcrops interspersed with narrow tarmac lanes before entering the urban environment of the harbour side. 70% coastal path, 30% tarmac lanes/minor roads.
Start your day with a short bus journey heading through rural Guernsey and travelling to the La Rousse headland and the rocky coastline of the north coast. Following the coast path for most of today, you will pass sandy bays and rocky outcrops interspersed with quiet tarmac lanes lined with pretty flower-covered cottages. Enjoy wide-open views of the coast and beautiful bays such as L'Ancresse. The final stretch passes the bustling shipyard of St Sampson harbour, before you take the bus back to St Peter Port.
There are several lovely viewpoints over picturesque bays today. We strongly recommend taking a picnic lunch to sit and enjoy al-fresco!
You will pass through a golf course today. Be aware of any stray balls and make sure you do not stray from the path in the line of golfers!
Points of Interest
One of fifteen loop-holed defence towers originally built in the 19th century to defend the island against the threat of a French invasion. It has been fully restored and features replica cannons - a fascinating place to explore before you start your walk!
You pass by several lovely bays today but L'Ancresse is one of the most beautiful with it's sandy beaches and clear turquoise water. The bay has a gentle slope, making it ideal for paddling but always make sure you pay attention to any warnings about conditions.
Originally the Castle of St Michael, the ruins of Vale Castle date back to the 15th century and offer spectacular views of Herm and Jethou. During the 2nd World War, the German occupying forces fortified the castle, the remains of whicn can still be seen today. It is just a short de-tour off the path if you wish to explore Vale Castle.
Food & Drink:
There are plenty of small beach cafes and kiosks along the route today serving small hot snacks such as toasties, sandwiches and ice-creams! However, a very nice option is to pick up a picnic lunch from the shops in St Peter's Port before you get the bus to sit and enjoy overlooking one of the sandy coves.
There are toilet facilties available at the beach kiosks along the way.
Good waterproof walking boots or shoes are recommended, although you do not cover any particular tough terrain today. Make sure to bring plenty of water as the sun shines strongly by the coast.