Starting & ending at sea level the trail leaves a suburban environment to climb a modest hill on Jersey Green Lanes to reach a plateau. It skirts cliffs and bays until a deep descent to Ouaisne Bay before a final section on a shaded and flat railway path back into St Aubin. 35% tarmac lane/road, 65% gravel tracks & earthen paths
A wonderful day of varied walking awaits! Begin in St Aubin and follow trails to Noirmont, which was heavily fortified during the German occupation. Pass a wetland nature reserve located near Ouaisné, and descend to the beautiful wide sandy bays of Ouaisne, shortly followed by St Brelade's Bay. A Jersey Green Lane takes you over a low hill to join the La Corbiere Walk along the old railway track back to St Aubin.
Make sure you dont have too big a breakfast today as the climb out of St Aubin's is pretty steep!
The steps down to Ouaisne Bay are very steep and the path may be cut off at high tide. Make sure you check the tide times before leaving, and follow the instructions for the alternative route if the descent to Ouaisne is not possible or you would prefer to avoid the steep descent.
The headlands can be very exposed in wet or windy weather. Make sure you do not stray too close to the cliff edges or off the path and ensure you have appropriate waterproof/windproof gear with you.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Noirmont Point is the site of the WWII command bunker for the Coastal Artillery Batterie “Lotheringen”, an impressive relic of the Occupation.
Portelet Common Nature Reserve
This coastal heathland area provides fantastic views of Ouaisne and St Brelade's Bay as well as diverse plant and birdlife.
La Cotte de St Brelade
The Palaeolithic site, La Cotte de St Brelade (a collapsed cave and granite ravines) is possibly the last Neanderthal site in northwestern Europe.
Jersey Railways opened the Island's first track in 1870. It carried commuters & freight & was used during the Occupation. Now you follow the path of the railway on a pleasant tree-lined route.
Food & Drink
Few places in Portelet and at St Brelade's Bay where you can grab something to eat - we do recommend taking a packed lunch or buying supplies from St Austen before you set off on today's walk.
Sturdy hiking boots are recommended, particularly for the steep descent to Ouaisne, and make sure you bring clothhing for warm and cold weather, along with your waterproofs.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.