The perfect picnic

Pack up a picnic on your Jersey holiday

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With its stunning coastline and intimate, rural landscape Jersey is awash with picnic spots where you are free to be together. Who can think of a greater pleasure than lazing on a picnic rug on a sunny afternoon and feasting on fresh crab sandwiches and delicious strawberries, whilst hearing the distinctive cry of oystercatchers in the background?

Top 10 Jersey picnic stops

Nourish friendships and strengthen bonds, over a leisurely picnic. Discover an authentic taste of Jersey and the natural beauty of the island. 

1. Portelet Common, St. Brelade

Famed as a significant hunting site for our Paleolithic and Neolithic ancestors, this coastal heathland area provides dramatic views of St. Brelade’s Bay and L’Ouaisné Common. From La Route de Noirmont head towards Ouaisné and as the road splits take the left turning to Le Chemin du Portelet. Go down to the bottom of the road and over the speed bumps where a small informal parking area can be found. Walk down the track on the right hand side which will lead you to the common. 

2. Le Coleron Battery, St. Brelade

Situated on a promontory to the south of the harbour jetty at St Brelade’s Bay, this granite paved battery is surrounded by sea on all sides except to the north. Go past St. Brelade’s Bay Church where you will  find a small car park on the right. Just opposite the entrance to the car park is a private road called Le Chemin des Creux which you should walk up until you see a small footpath on the left, just past a property on the left. The footpath is known as the Fishemen’s Path and it will take you down to the quay. Once at the quay you will see some steps on your right leading up to a footpath to the battery.

3. Le Don Le Quesne, St. Clement

This small grassland site has direct access to the beach and is a wonderful spot to watch wading birds on Jersey’s Ramsar site or simply enjoy the view at high tide. From St. Helier head along La Grande Route de la Côte until you reach St. Clement’s Parish Hall where ample parking is located. From the Parish Hall head on foot along the coastal road towards Gorey for about 500 yards. Access is at the top of the hill after a mesh fence on your right. Carefully walk down the steps and the site opens up before you. You can also reach the site directly from the beach at low tide.

4. Fern Valley Meadows, St. Helier 

A wonderful, secluded valley located on the outskirts of St Helier and comprising meadows, streams and fern-covered wooded côtils. Footpaths enable you to easily explore this delightful site and present the opportunity to spot Red Squirrels, Great Spotted Woodpeckers and Golden-ringed Dragonflies. Fern Valley is accessed via a small lane of the same name located about half way up Mont Cochon. Limited parking is available at the site entrance just past the Waterworks pumping station. Given the restricted access visitors are encouraged to access this site by walking or cycling. 

5. Victoria Tower, St. Martin

Situated on a hill-top, Victoria Tower is surrounded by wooded slopes and côtils, overlooking Anne Port Bay, St. Catherine’s Pier and Mont Orgueil Castle. Located just off La Rue des Marettes in St. Martin, a small track takes you past Seymour Farm, with its blue shutters, towards an informal parking area.Whether by sail, by speed or by charter, don’t miss your chance to see a different side to Jersey by boat.  

 

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6. La Coupe, St. Martin 

One of the most unspoilt and beautiful coastal headlands in Jersey marking the turning point between the tranquil eastern slopes and its wild northern cliffs. From St. Martin’s Village, head towards Rozel Manor along La Grande Route de Rozel. Go past the Manor on your right hand side and take the first right along La Rue des Pelles. Continue along this road and then take your first left. The road splits into La Rue du Scez (another beautiful picnic spot) and La Rue de la Coupe. Drive carefully down La Rue de la Coupe and you will find a small parking area at the end. Parking is limited so it is best to go early in the morning if you want to get a good spot. 

7. The Elms Meadows and Orchard, St. Mary

Discover Jersey’s agricultural heritage. The Elms is an 18th century farm complex situated at the top of St Peter’s Valley, surrounded by 80 vergées of land and comprising of a main house, farmhouse and an extensive range of outbuildings. The property displays a wealth of architectural detail as well as providing an insight into Jersey’s agricultural heritage. The Elms is located along La Chève Rue at the top of St Peter’s Valley. During of office hours access is permitted to the pressoir, farmyard, boulangerie and surrounding land. The main house and farmhouse are tenanted and unavailable for viewing. On-site parking available. 

8. Grantez Headland, St. Ouen 

This extensive area of maritime heathland is located above the escarpment of St. Ouen’s Bay and enjoys breathtaking views extending from Corbière lighthouse to L’Etacq. From St. Ouen’s Village head down La Route du Marais (Hydrangea Avenue) before turning left down La Rue de Grantez. Thereafter, turn right down La Ruette de Grantez or Le Chemin des Monts until you reach an informal parking area. Look for the footpath on the left hand side which will take you down towards the headland. 

9. Vicard Point, Trinity  

This coastal site enjoys stunning views of France and the other Channel Islands. From St John’s Village head along La Route des Issues and thereafter La Route D’Ebenezer until you reach the Le Vesconte Memorial. At that point turn left along La Rue du Tas de Geon. At the end of the road turn right along La Vielle Charrière and on your left you will see a small track. Proceed a short way along the track before parking up and then continue on foot to the pine tree lined driveway. 

10. Cider Apple Orchard, Trinity 

Hidden down a small Jersey lane, relax under the shade of 120 apple trees and take it easy in the peaceful depths of Trinity’s countryside. When in blossom this small three vergée is a place of wonder, filled glorious scent. Park along La Rue es Picots and head towards Trinity Parish Church. Turn left opposite the Church down La Rue du Mont Pellier and the orchard will be found down the lane on your left hand side. 

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Follow the countryside code

Explore the past, love the present and look after our island for the future by following the countryside code.

  • Do not forget to take your litter home. Litter and leftover food not only spoils the beauty of the countryside but can be dangerous to wildlife and farm animals. 
  • Guard against all risks of fire. Do not discard a match or cigarette at any time of the year as a result can be devastating to wildlife, habitats and people. 
  • Keep your pet dogs under close control. Everyone enjoys taking their dog for a walk in the countryside, but please keep them on a lead if you cannot rely on their obedience. Please ensure that they do not worry livestock and always clean up after your dog and dispose of their waste responsibly.
  • Protect plants and animals. Discover the beauty of the natural environment and take special care not to damage, destroy or remove features such as rocks, plans and trees. They provide homes and food for wildlife, and add to everyone’s enjoyment of the countryside.
  • Leave gates and property as you find them. Please shut the gate after you, so that livestock remain secure and protected. Do not attempt to feed livestock or touch any farm machinery.
  • Keep to the path. Wherever possible please keep to the designated pathways and follow designated signage especially around Jersey’s coastal cliffs. This will ensure you stay safe and limit disturbance to the local wildlife. 
  • Shhhhh! Often people visit the countryside for some peace and quiet and so please be considerate and avoid disturbing others. 
  • Go Green. If you are physically able why not cycle (following the cycle routes numbered on the map), walk or use public transport to get to your destination. Not only will you save money and improve your physical fitness, but you will be helping to safeguard the planet’s limited resources. Support Jersey’s rural economy and cut down on food miles by buying local fresh produce for your picnic.
  • Enjoy the countryside. Jersey’s countryside provides every opportunity for enjoyment and relaxation. So take it easy and enjoy the fresh air, breathtaking views and tranquility.

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