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Guernsey, Herm & Sark

Jewel of the Channel Islands
 
Staying in one of Europe’s prettiest harbour towns, explore the dramatic cliff paths and quiet lanes that link crowd-free beaches, attractive gardens and the remnants of its long history on this gentle, self-guided walking holiday on the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Herm and Sark.
Guernsey, Herm & Sark. 4 nights
Guernsey, Herm & Sark. 4 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday on Guernsey, Herm and Sark

Morsels of France fallen into the sea and gathered up by England” is how Victor Hugo described the Channel Islands. Choosing to spend his exile years on Guernsey, Hugo fell in love with the island and lived here for 15 years during which time he penned Les Misérables along with many other works. And he wasn’t the only famous Frenchman to fall under its spell; in 1883 Renoir spent a month on the island, bewitched by Moulin Huet Bay.
Tranquil and gentle with a distinct Gallic feel, Guernsey and its islands offer a delicious blend of both exotic and foreign, yet reassuringly familiar. Lying in the Gulf of St Malo, just 35 miles off the coast of France, many street names are French as well as English. In the capital of St Peter Port you’ll find Breton-style plateaux de fruits de mer, Normandy cheeses, and baguettes, yet English is the first language and the French consider the islands to be quintessentially British.

A timeless, bucolic landscape peppered with the remnants of its WWII German occupation provides gentle walking along scenic cliff paths and quiet country lanes where you encounter award-winning gardens; the freshest fish and seafood; an abundance of birdlife; and crowd-free beaches. Eschewing the car in favour of the local bus network (unlimited free travel included) and ensuring you don’t leave without visiting the arcadian neighbouring islands of Herm and Sark, this short break is a celebration of serene islands where summers last longer and the sun shines more than anywhere else in the British Isles. Welcome to Guernsey.
 
 
Images courtesy of Visit Guernsey (© CVG)
 
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Walking & more

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice and are free to add extra nights. There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of our suggested walking routes as the mood takes you.

The routes we have suggested are easily accessible by local transport and we include a bus pass which gives you free, unlimited travel on Guernsey for the duration of your visit.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    You should always be prepared for wet weather, whichever month you are travelling.
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  • An introduction
    We provide notes for a range of easy walking routes that take in Guernsey’s coastal and inland landscapes, from its undulating cliff paths to its gentle ‘green’ lanes known as ruettes tranquilles. The excellent local bus network (free of charge with our included unlimited pass) makes it easy to get to the start of routes and to return to your hotel, allowing you to explore the length and breadth of the island. We also provide notes for walking routes on the smaller islands of Herm and Stark (pay locally for erries to and from the islands), where nature and tranquillity prevail, plus a town trail of your base, charming St Peter Port.
    Explore the pretty harbour town of St Peter Port (C) CVG
  • 9.5km, 3.5hrs; ascent 450m/descent 410m
    Setting out from your hotel, you follow an undulating, flower-lined cliff path south past remnants of fortifications from the Napoleonic era and the WWII German occupation to reach the tucked-away cove of Fermain Bay, one of Guernsey’s prettiest beaches. Monterey pines and views over Herm and Sark accompany the path as it undulates between more bays before climbing to Jerbourg Point from where you may choose to get the bus back to your hotel. Alternatively, stay with the cliff path as it follows the headland to reach Moulin Huet Bay which Renoir captured on canvas no fewer than 15 times.
    Fermain Bay on the route to Jerbourg Point
    To Jerbourg Point: 9.5km
  • 8km, 3hrs; ascent/descent 250m
    Beginning at Fort Grey, you have the opportunity to visit the fascinating Shipwreck Museum before heading inland. Joining a ruette tranquille, you pass granite farms, wayside ‘hedge veg’ honesty stalls, and a church with a distinctive round tower, before reaching the south coast. Turning west along the cliff path, you reach the Pleinmont Observation Tower beyond which, you continue around the headland to the curious Table des Pions, an earthwork said to have been worn bare by dancing fairies.
    Cliff paths on the circuit of Pleinmont headland
    Pleinmont Headland: 8km
  • 8.5km, 3hrs; ascent/descent 100m
    This flat route explores the north-east coast which, prior to 1806, was a separate island, cut off from the rest of Guernsey by a tidal channel. Today, the only remaining evidence of the channel is the wetland nature reserve where the route begins. You follow a path around headlands and bays, taking in loophole towers, the remains of forts, and an intriguing prehistoric grave complex guarded by a carving of a man with bow and arrows.

    (We do not provide an elevation chart for this walk as it is largely on the flat.)
    Bordeaux harbour on the Clod du Valle route
  • 11km, 3.5hrs; ascent 175m/descent 260m
    Following ruettes tranquilles through wooded valleys and farmland, this route uncovers some of the island’s treasures. Beginning at the German Occupation Museum, whose exhibits give a compelling insight into life on the islands during WWII, the route turns north to reach the dazzling Little Chapel whose surface is covered in broken pottery, mirrors and shells. Wandering past the orchards of Rocquette Cider Farm and stopping for a tour and tasting (by appointment), you cross a valley via the splendid gardens of Saumarez Park to end in Cobo Bay where fish ‘n’ chips go very nicely with the sunset.
    Countryside tracks through the interior
    Through the Interior: 11km
  • 5km, 1.5hrs; ascent/descent 130m
    The tiny, car-free island of Herm lies just a 15-minute ferry ride from Guernsey (pay locally). Delightful, unspoiled and tranquil, Herm shuns the 21st-century in favour of old-fashioned peace, quiet and charm. Popular with beach-, flower- and bird-lovers, an easy route circumnavigates the island taking in the white sand expanse and pink shells of Shell Beach, the sheltered Belvoir Bay, and the Norman chapel of St Tugual. Wildflowers and rich birdlife, including puffins, abound in this sedate landscape. You may wish to sample Herm oysters for lunch before returning to Guernsey.
    Shell Beach on Herm island
    Herm: 5km
  • 13km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 350m
    Traffic-free (apart from tractors and the horse-and-carriage rides offered to visitors), the island of Sark is a 45-minute ferry ride from Guernsey (pay locally). A feudal island until 2008 when it became Europe’s newest democracy, Sark exudes an air of Victorian England. Our suggested route around the island takes in its most noteworthy features including the dramatic La Coupée – a 3-metre-wide, razor-edged isthmus connecting Little Sark to the main island – and the enchanting walled gardens of La Seigneurie. From tea rooms to restaurants, there are multiple options for lunch, making this a full day out.
    A 'road' on the island of Sark
    Sark: 13km
 

Accommodation

Guernsey’s capital, St Peter Port, is considered one of the most picturesque harbour towns in Europe. Floral displays tumble from window boxes above cobbled streets lined with shops, restaurants and pavement cafes which give the town a Mediterranean feel. VAT-free shopping, a lively restaurant scene and the maze of buildings and courtyards of the grounds of the 800-year-old Castle Cornet, are just some of the highlights.

We have found an equally charming hotel, set in an elevated position on the outskirts of St Peter Port, a ten-minute stroll from the centre.
Hotel de Havelet
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 13 June 2022 - 31 October 2022

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    13 Jun - 30 Sep 2022 £645 £365
    1 - 27 Oct 2022 £445 £180
    3rd & 4th person discount -£20
    Single traveller supplement £20
    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, and any connecting travel detailed below.

    Included travel: transfer from/to Guernsey airport or St Peter Port ferry terminal (a small reduction in price applies for the latter)

    UK–Guernsey by ferry
    Although not included in our prices, you may like to consider travelling to Guernsey using the Condor Ferries services between Poole (up to 4 sailings per week) or Portsmouth (up to 6 sailings per week). We can arrange a taxi from/to the ferry terminal; see below.

    Please note: dogs are not permitted on Inntravel holidays

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel de Havelet, St Peter Port
    Junior suite: 13 Jun - 31 Oct 2022 £28
    Superior: 13 Jun - 31 Oct 2022 £14

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel de Havelet, St Peter Port (B&B) Double room Single room
    13 Jun - 30 Sep 2022 £120 £200
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2022 £100 £155
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    Guernsey

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

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    Birmingham - Guernsey  
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    Bristol - Guernsey  
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Guernsey  
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    Exeter - Guernsey  
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    Leeds Bradford - Guernsey  
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    Gatwick - Guernsey  
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    Manchester - Guernsey  
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    Southampton - Guernsey  
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above except those operated by Ryanair. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Guernsey

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    taxi Guernsey airport to hotel (0h15) included flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Guernsey airport (0h15) included flexible

    Connecting travel options - ferry to Guernsey

    Outward route Price per person Latest ferry
    arrival time
    taxi Guernsey port to hotel (0h05) -£8 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest ferry
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Guernsey port (1h including check in time) -£8 flexible
What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 1 dinner
    4 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • transfers from/to Guernsey airport or St Peter Port ferry terminal
  • 7-day bus pass
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least proving your vaccination status or taking a test in order to travel.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
    Entry requirements for non-UK destinations & for re-entering the UK >
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • Yes, absolutely. Over the years, we have arranged a great many holidays in the UK for customers living in the USA, Canada, Australia and beyond.

    If you've never travelled with us before, it's worth reading the web pages which explain how we can cater for customers who live outside the UK. The main thing to bear in mind is that our tour operator's licence doesn't allow us to book flights that originate outside the UK, and nor are we able to book rail travel in the UK, so we can't make travel arrangements for you, other than pre-arranging taxis between the local railway station and the accommodation – see the ‘prices & travel’ section for the options available.

    For practical information about travelling to the UK, see the 'what do I need to know about travelling to England, Scotland and Wales?' question.
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out a policy with our recommended provider (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
  • Unfortunately not. The Inntravel team includes many dog owners, but the extra considerations – such as whether taxi firms accept dogs for transfers to the start of walks, whether routes cross private land on which dogs are not allowed, and proximity to a vet’s – would add another layer of complexity to what are already quite complex holidays.
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