Guernsey, in the English Channel Islands, is a great place for hiking, with quiet roads, stunning coastline and beautiful offshore islands. Now VisitGuernsey has launched an official walking app, with a range of routes to suit all types of visitor.
What Is The Guernsey Walking App?
The app is free to download and has been designed for use by walkers of all abilities and interests. It includes a number of walking routes that are graded for difficulty and duration. They vary from an easy town route to a harder clifftop walk with lots of ups and downs, and from around an hour’s walking to two hours or more.
The walks are themed so that you can find something to suit your particular interests. You will find town, countryside and coastline; ancient and modern history; gardens, beaches and historic buildings.
What Does The App Include?
Each walk contains a brief description, route map and directions to the start (by car, bus or bicycle). They also have points of interest along the way and other useful information including cafés and activities such as kayak hire.
The maps link to Google Maps and are interactive, tracking your movement – even when you deviate from the path – and counting your steps. You can also download an audio accompaniment for most of the walks.
There are currently ten walks on the Guernsey Walking App, but more are being planned. One is around the town of Saint Peter Port, and there are also walks on the islands of Sark, Herm and Alderney.
Some walks cover sections of the Coastal Path, and others follow particular themes. Themed walks on the app include the following:
Occupation Memories & Smugglers Tales
As the name suggests, this walk takes in a variety of historic haunts from different eras. An easy circular route of around two hours’ duration, it is entirely inland, following quiet lanes and peaceful paths.
There are several reminders of the Second World War here, including the German Occupation Museum and machine gun slits in garden walls. But you will also find echoes of the more distant past, with old farmhouses, an ancient well, and more.
Islets, Dolmens & Pretty Harbours
This is another easy two hour circular walk, taking in a mixture of inland and coastal terrain. A highlight of the route is the Dehus Dolmen, the foremost megalithic site on Guernsey.
You start and finish at the small but pretty Bordeaux Harbour, and pass a coastal nature reserve before heading inland. On this route you will enjoy some lovely views, and there is the possibility of stopping for a leisurely lunch along the way.
Clifftop Paths, La Coupée & Little Sark
A moderate two and a half hour walk covers the main sights of the island of Sark. There are no cars here, so you’ll have a tranquil hike along almost empty roads, crossing the harrow isthmus of La Coupée to reach Little Sark.
Using The Guernsey Walking App
I wish I had had this app before I visited Guernsey! Walking is a way of discovering the detail of a place and, looking at these walks, I can see how much I missed when I was there. It has left me wanting to go back…