Guernsey offers a variety of excellent walks, with wonderful varied scenery and views. From the granite of the impressive south and east coast cliffs, to that of the rocky west coast, the sandy north, and the more industrialised north-east with views across to the other islands, there is plenty of variety of fine scenery. Inland there is also excellent walking, such as the walk around our St Saviours reservoir, as well as many quiet and picturesque country lanes.
The menu links from this page give access to a collection of short but interesting 'Round the Island walks', 'Inland walks', and a 'Saumarez Park Tree Walk', all of which start from accessible car parks, and most from convenient bus stops.
Public car parks in Guernsey are free of charge (except at the airport) but many are time controlled, where you will need to set your arrival time on a "parking clock" which can be obtained at a nominal cost from the Tourist Office or most of the island garages. There has been an extensive revision of bus routes and timetables from 12th May 2013. Routes are now numbered in the range 11 to 111. The new bus timetables and route maps can be found at www.buses.gg and free printed copies are of course available locally. Because of these revisions, a few of the bus stops shown in existing Perry's Guides will have changed. Where I've mentioned bus routes in these walks, route 91 (Guernsey circular route) has been included for completeness, though you should note that from 12th May 2013 the frequency is much less than the old number 7 route, and the cost is more than the standard fares because it's now intended more as an island tour (without commentary).
A number of local people provide excellent guided walks. These can be found from internet and other publicity as well as from our Tourist Office. If you like walking in a group with a friendly guide providing lots of local information then these are for you. My walks here are for those who prefer doing their own thing and exploring in their own way, or have maybe done one or more of the guided walks and want to try something different. I'm offering some guidance in route finding which, in a short holiday, should point you towards some of the more interesting routes.
In what follows, nearly all of the walking is straightforward, and along well established paths and roads. The cliff paths of course have gradients and often passages of steps. I may occasionally draw attention to (optional) passages which require a bit more agility. The other lower level areas around the coast are often suitable for push chairs, bicycles etc. Indeed there are good cycling paths along the west coast from Grandes Rocques northwards, and along the east coast from St Peter Port to St Sampsons. However in all cases I must stress that if you do any of the walks described here then this is entirely at your own risk, and I can accept no responsibility whatsoever for any accidents or problems.
I've quoted approximate times for the walks, but these should be treated as a very rough guide only, and are probably minimums. They are timed at what is for me a fairly brisk walk, not a stroll, though if you're the right side of 40 you may be able to do them faster! On the other hand I have not allowed anything for standing or sitting to absorb views, optional detours, viewing historical monuments or taking refreshments. (Where I've called a detour "optional" it is not included in the timings.)
Where I've quoted road names these can be found in "Perry's Guide", which is readily available locally and which would be a useful accompaniment to at least some of these walks, though it doesn't necessarily show all my smaller paths. I used the A5 size edition of 2005, now replaced by a slightly larger version, sold at a reasonable price. A free of charge folding version is also currently available (presumably subsidised by 'Visit Guernsey') and may prove adequate, though it lacks many of the road names of the booklet version. A 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey map of Guernsey has also been available in the past. However this does not show the road names, and many of the smaller lanes and tracks are not named on the ground.
I started writing these walks some five years ago, but am still covering the ground and have kept them up to date with any changes. (Sometimes, if significant changes have been made, I've added a revision date at the bottom.) However things do sometimes change from day to day, and if you do find anything that I've overlooked, or any difficulties in route finding, it would be helpful to let me know via the comments page.
This website was a project to help to keep me amused in retirement, and all the walks are freely available for personal use, including download and printing. (Anybody wishing to make commercial use of any of the material though should note that the text, and most of the pictures, are my or my wife's copyright, and should contact us initially via the comments page.)