Choice of routes: 8km to 11.5km
Noirmont headland circuit: 10km, 3hrs; ascent/descent 275m
Beginning from the door of your hotel, this leisurely circular route leads along the coast and onto the Noirmont headland, from where the views over St Aubin’s Bay are simply spectacular. As you make your way around the rocky, gorse-scented headland, you will come across many reminders of Jersey’s occupation by German forces during World War II – the headland is home to the island’s war memorial, and to Battery Lothringen, a coastal artillery battery which is one of the best preserved in Western Europe. Later in the walk, you will encounter history of a far more ancient nature: your loop takes you to La Cotte de St Brélade, a Neanderthal site of international importance.
To Corbière lighthouse: 11.5km, 3.5hrs; ascent/descent 220m
The opening of Jersey’s first railway in 1870 was a cause for great local celebration, however, it was never a commercial success, and today the former narrow-gauge line is a gentle, traffic-free walking trail, which this route follows east to the rocky headland of La Corbière and its lighthouse. The views from here are some of Jersey’s most iconic: at high tide the lighthouse rises above the swelling seas, and at low tide the waters recede to allow it to be reached on foot. The scenery shifts on the second half of the route, as you walk along cliff-top paths to St Brelade’s Bay, a gloriously expansive sweep of sand which is considered to be one of the best beaches in the British Isles. Be sure to spend some time relaxing here – there are a number of cafés and restaurants – before returning to St Aubin by bus.
Mont Orgueil Castle to St Catherine’s Bay: 8km, 2.5hrs; ascent/descent 225m
One of Europe’s finest medieval fortresses and a symbol of Jersey’s national identity, Mont Orgueil Castle makes an impressive starting point for your exploration of the island’s sheltered east coast. Set above the beautiful little fishing village of Gorey, the castle covers a staggering 800 years of history, beginning with its construction in 1212 as a defence against French aggression. This is the corner of the island closest to France, and the country’s shoreline can be seen in the distance as you make your way north along the coast, passing a succession of secluded bays, including Archirondel Beach with its distinctive red-and-white-painted Conway Tower. Your final destination is St Catherine’s Bay, at whose northern end is a huge breakwater – built by the British Government in 1847 when they intended for the bay to serve as a Royal Navy harbour. From here, retrace your steps south to Gorey, then return to St Aubin by bus (the route also begins with a bus journey to Gorey).