Changing colours

Jersey’s autumn woodland walks.


Jersey’s not all about beaches and bays. Step inside the island’s rural heart for an autumn break and you’ll be rewarded with golden autumnal landscapes and woodland valley walks, rich in autumn colours and wildlife. Want to experience the best of the island’s seasonal colour? Here are a few of our suggestions.

St. Catherine's Woods

A beauty spot in the east of the island, explore woodland paths fringed by mature trees and look out for red squirrels, woodpeckers and treecreepers. Wander past mature trees, hop across stepping stones running over woodland streams and play on the rope swings. There's loads to explore in St. Catherine’s Woods - then you’ll need somewhere to stop for a drink after you’ve finished trekking. Our recommendation? The coastal café at St. Catherine’s pier is close enough to reward yourself with a stunning sea view and a delicious Jersey Dairy ice cream.


Val de la Mare Reservoir

Jersey’s largest reservoir is a peaceful getaway, fringed with autumn colour from September onwards. Walk the full circuit for sweeping bay vistas and calm waterside views - the full route is nearly 3 miles. Spot owl nesting boxes on your way around the reservoir, popular with locals and visitors. But to really experience the full autumn atmosphere, head to the arboretum at the top of the reservoir - the forgotten forest and enjoy an autumn forest walk. 


The Forgotten Forest

If you love discovering rare tree species, then make sure the arboretum at Val de la Mare reservoir is on your list. A leafy enclave of unusual species from around the world, the Forgotten Forest is a magical place to see the island's autumnal colours for yourself. Don’t miss it. Access the arboretum from the car park at the top of Val de la Mare Reservoir and continue walking around the reservoir for sweeping views across St. Ouen’s Bay.


St. Peter's Valley

Winding along the island’s central backbone, you'll find rich wildlife in this relatively young and sheltered woodland valley. Follow the sweeping woodland footpaths to see the colours of oak, sweet chestnut, beech, ash and sycamore turn reddish golden in the autumn sunlight. It’s also somewhere you’ll see Jersey’s native red squirrel. Looking for somewhere to stop? The café at Jersey’s War Tunnels is nearby, serving great homemade cakes. And don’t miss visiting the Jersey War Tunnels during your stay - it’s a poignant reminder of wartime sacrifice - stroll through the garden of reflection for a truly thought-provoking experience.


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