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Jersey – an Island Escape

On the doorstep with France
 
Enjoy flexible walking and sightseeing options on this self-guided, single-centre walking break. Located just a few miles from France, Jersey offers a unique fusion of cultures, as well as varied scenery, excellent local produce and a remarkable history – including a fascinating legacy of German occupation from World War II.
Jersey – an Island Escape. 4 nights
Jersey – an Island Escape. 4 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday on Jersey

Jersey may be a British isle, but France is so close you can almost touch it – you’ll feel its proximity in the warmth of the sun, in the Gallic street names, and in the appealing blend of English and French culture. It’s also present in the landscape, in the imposing forts and defensive towers which guard the sheltered bays, and in the former coastal defences scattered across the rocky headlands.
For such a small island – Jersey measures only nine miles by five – it is incredibly varied, making for diverse and rewarding walking. In the north, the sea meets the island head on, buffeting up against the dramatic high cliffs where seabirds nest. The central plateau is the agricultural heart of the island, while the south coast is defined by its magnificent golden bays. From your southern base, a high-quality hotel with panoramic views over St Aubin’s Bay, you enjoy easy access to the rest of the island via Jersey’s excellent bus network, which you can use free of charge with our unlimited pass.

As well as leisurely walking, Jersey has a rich and far-reaching history to uncover, with the highly praised War Tunnels museum – which tells the story of Jersey’s World War II years – being particularly worth a visit. Be sure, too, to savour some of the famous produce on offer: the freshly caught seafood is mouthwatering, while the island’s creamy milk and Jersey Royal potatoes need no introduction.
 

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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 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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  • Walking on Jersey
    We provide notes for a range of easy-going routes that allow you to experience the unique atmosphere of this fascinating Channel Island. There are lovely trails alongside the coast, some of which explore Jersey’s rich history; while other walks showcase the quiet natural beauty of the countryside. The island has an excellent bus network (travel is free of charge with our unlimited pass), which makes it extremely easy both to access the routes and to visit other places of interest (see ‘sightseeing options’ below).
  • 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).
    Mont Orgueil Castle, Gorey © Stuart Abraham, Jersey Photos
    Walking on the old railway route towards Corbière Lighthouse © Stuart Abraham, Jersey Photos
  • Grève de Lecq circuit: 11km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 340m
    This varied route introduces you to Jersey’s dramatic north coast – a rugged landscape of bays, caves, small islands and high cliffs. The route begins (and ends) with a bus journey to the lovely sandy bay of Grève de Lecq, from where you follow cliff-top paths east to Sorel Point; as you walk, keep an eye out for red-billed choughs – these rare birds have been reintroduced to the area in recent years. The return leg of the route takes you inland, and reveals a bucolic landscape of tranquil, drystone-wall-edged country lanes and fertile fields grazed by Jersey cows. A real highlight of the route is the chance to call at La Mare Wine Estate: this former 18th-century farmhouse is today a well-regarded vineyard which produces a delicious array of wines, spirits and confectionary, as well as the island’s famous ‘black butter’, a spiced apple preserve.
    Grève de Lecq © Stuart Abraham, Jersey Photos
    Devil's Hole © Stuart Abraham, Jersey Photos
  • St Helier & the Jersey War Tunnels

    St Helier town trail
    The island capital, St Helier, is a vibrant town with a bustling marina, a good choice of places to eat and drink, and a pedestrianised, cobblestone centre where you will find a number of interesting museums, including the Jersey Museum & Art Gallery and the Maritime Museum. We provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of the town, taking in the star attraction, Elizabeth Castle – an imposing fortress which can either be reached on foot (at low tide) or by boat, and which offers superb sea views – as well as several lesser-known sights, including the place where Charles II was proclaimed King of England in 1649.

    The Jersey War Tunnels
    Jersey’s five-year occupation by Nazi troops is an integral part of the island’s history, and a visit to the War Tunnels is a must for anyone interested in learning what life was like on the island during World War II. There are over 1,000 metres of tunnels to the north-west of St Helier, constructed using forced and slave labour from across Europe, and today this vast underground complex houses an immersive museum, which details Jersey’s wartime story from invasion to liberation.
    Explore St Helier © Stuart Abraham, Jersey Photos
    Jersey War Tunnels © Stuart Abraham, Jersey Photos
 

Accommodation

You are based in the pretty harbour village of St Aubin, which is curled around the western part of St Aubin’s Bay on the island’s southern coast.
Somerville Hotel

Bedrooms

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 23 August 2021 - 31 October 2021

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

    Starting Price Single room
    23 Aug - 17 Sep 2021 £770 £0
    18 - 30 Sep 2021 £695 £0
    1 - 27 Oct 2021 £595 £0
    3rd & 4th person discount -£15
    Single traveller supplement £15

    Included travel: transfer from/to Jersey airport

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Somerville Hotel, St Aubin
    Superior with garden & sea view: 23 Aug - 31 Oct 2021 £24
    Superior with sea view: 23 Aug - 31 Oct 2021 £10

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

    Somerville Hotel, St Aubin (B&B) Double room Single room
    23 Aug - 17 Sep 2021 £140 £140
    18 Sep - 01 Oct 2021 £125 £125
    02 Oct - 22 Oct 2021 £105 £105
    23 Oct - 31 Oct 2021 £95 £95
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    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

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

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    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to 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. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). 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 - via Jersey airport

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What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 1 dinner
    4 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • transfers from Jersey airport
  • 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.
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  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, 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 airlines and routes from the UK. 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. For Europe, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • Yes, absolutely. Over the years, we have arranged a great many walking 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 options’ section for the options available.

    As regards entry requirements, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. Our essential travel information page provides links to websites where you can find out about the applicable requirements, along with general official travel advice.
  • 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 >
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  • 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 our recommended travel insurance policy (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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