Natural wonders at Plemont

An insider’s guide to the top places to visit on Jersey’s north west coast

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Jersey’s only a small island,  but it’s far from feeling cramped. To get a true sense of size and scale, head to the dramatic north west coast with its high cliffs and secluded bays and fill your lungs with fresh sea air. Local favourite spot Plemont is within easy reach, with a natural drama and enchanting beauty all of its own. Here’s how to enjoy it to the full.

JERSEY’S NORTH WEST COAST

The north west coast of Jersey has a unique rugged beauty that’s perfect to explore whatever the season. From crisp winter days where you can get the colour back into your cheeks with a walk on the cliffs, to the golden days of summer when the sun sparkles on the sea - take the road less travelled and explore this dramatic coastline and its hidden bays.

PLEMONT

You wouldn’t think so from the quiet turning off a main road, but at the end of this winding lane, the adventurous will discover one of island’s most striking hidden away beaches. Plemont beach is shouldered either side by high cliffs and the island’s largest caves, creating a sheltered crescent-shaped sweep of golden sand and rock pools at low tide.

HISTORY

Plemont is a hugely popular locals’ beach with a long history. It was a favourite beach in Victorian and Edwardian times, when whole families would descend the steps to picnic on the rocks - parasols at the ready. Photographs from time time show chivalrous gentlemen carrying intrepid lady bathers through the rock pools on their way to see the caves.

NATURAL WONDERS

These days, the Victorian bathers may have gone, but the attraction of this pretty beach is still the same - wide golden sand, heaps of rock pools to keep the kids entertained, safe and shallow seawater, Jersey’s largest caves to explore and a natural waterfall. It’s a favourite spot for photographers, bring a waterproof camera and you can recreate the classic silhouette shots from inside the cave for a unique memory of Jersey.

WHEN TO GO

Check the tide times. This pretty beach is only uncovered at low tide, with a small window of opportunity to enjoy the golden sands before the tide comes back in. Lifeguards patrol the beach from mid May to mid September, and be sure to time your visit around breakfast, brunch or dinner at Plemont Bay Cafe…

MAKE A STOP

At the top of the steps leading to the beach, you’ll find Plemont Bay Café, a locally-run beach café overlooking the sand, where Paul and his team serves an excellent all-day menu with some delicious breakfast and lunch dishes, from local beef burgers topped with bacon in a brioche bun to falafel burgers with homemade hummus and Jersey crab sandwiches. Our top tip? Look out for the homemade waffles and cakes - they’re the perfect treat after tackling the steps from the beach.

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