Walking in the Jersey National Park

Self-guided park life

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Sweeping dunes, a patchworks of green fields, flanked by towering cliffs and circled by unspoilt beaches, the Jersey National Park has a rich and varied landscape. It’s easy to explore the island on foot, so lace up, step out and enjoy each Jersey moment at your own pace.

The Really Wild West Walk

L'Etacq to La Pulente

Distance:  6 miles / 9.6 km
Grade: Moderate
Start point: Faulkner Fisheries
Finish point: La Pulente Slipway
Points of interest and places to eat: Discover many highlights along the way please view each section below
Getting there: Bus 22

A classic 6 mile beach walk offering full views of the entire sweep of St Ouen's Bay. There are scores of things to see, much to keep you motivated and a heavenly choice of excellent places to eat - you can do this walk in full or just a section of it - take your time and simply enjoy!

Section 1 - L'Etacq to Les Laveurs Slipway

Distance: 2.5 miles / 4 km
Grade: Moderate
Start point: L'Etacq car park
Finish point: Les Laveurs
Points of interest & places to eat: Faulkner Fisheries, Dolmen de Grantez - Neolithic Tomb, WWII Military Museum, Jersey Pearl Cafe
Getting there: Bus 22

The steep dramatic sea cliffs at this most northerly tip of the bay contrast greatly with the low-lying fields that yield the earliest of Jersey new potatoes. Although some of the properties are quite modern, many of the old farmhouses date back many centuries.

Section 2 -Les Laveurs to La Braye Slipway

Distance: 2.5 miles / 4 km
Grade: Easy
Start point: Les Laveurs car park
Finish point: La Braye
Points of interest & places to eat: Mielle de Morville - informal footpaths, National Trust Wetland Centre, St Ouen's Pond Nature Reserve, Les Mielles Golf Club, The Watersplash Beach Bar & Diner, El Tico Beach Cantina, Le Braye Bistro
Getting there: Bus 22

This is probably the most 'active'section of the Park with all kinds of water sports taking place throughout the year. For moments of 'slow leisure', however, time spent in the National Trusts excellent wetland centre can prove both relaxing and, for the bird watcher, incredibly interesting.

Section 3 - La Braye to La Pulente Slipway

Distance: 0.8 miles / 1.3 km
Grade: Easy
Start point: La Braye car park
Finish point: La Pulente Slipway
Points of interest & places to eat: Les Blanches Banques sand dunes, La Moye Golf Club, The Atlantic Hotel, La Pulente Eatery & Pub
Getting there: Bus 22

This final stretch of the beach walk warrants exploration of the exploration of the ecologically important sand dunes of Les Blanches Banques. At various times of the year, over 400 plant species grow here. There is quite a number of WWII German fortifications to look our for too!.

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The North Coast Ramble

Plemont to Rozel

Distance:  16 miles / 25.7 km
Grade: Hard
Start point: Plemont car park
Finish point: Bouley Bay
Points of interest and places to eat: Discover many highlights along the way, please view each section below
Getting there: Bus 4,5,7,8,9

While appreciating the north coast's stunning beauty, the 22km of undulating pathways and steep steps can be quite demanding. Nevertheless it's a landscape not to be missed and, if divided into sensible sections, the rewards can be truly amazing.

Section 1 - Plemont to Greve de Lecq

Distance: 3 miles / 4.8 km
Grade: Moderate
Start point: Plemont car park
Finish point: Greve de Lecq Barracks
Points of interest & places to eat: Plemont beach and cafe, Plemont headland 'back to nature' restoration project, Seabird colonies, Greve de lecq Barracks & Visitor Centre, Seaside Cafe, Moulin de Lecq Inn, Princes of Wales Pub and Dinner, Colleen's Cafe
Getting there: Bus 9

Frequently regarded as Jersey's number one beach, the downward descent to the Plemont sands and caves should not be missed. Once back up and on the east-bound cliff-paths there's an open maritime headland where once stood a disused and dilapidated ruin of a holiday camp. This huge environmental restoration project was undertaken by The National Trust for Jersey. Following the coastline footpaths, Greve de Lecq is the next stop where a number of excellent eating places sit alongside the well-worth-a-look National Trust visitor centre.

Section 2 - Greve de Lecq to Sorel Headland

Distance: 4.4 miles / 7.1 km
Grade: Moderate
Start point: Greve de Lecq Barracks
Finish point: Sorel Point
Points of interest & places to eat: Le Catel Fort, Crabbe rifle and pistol range, Devil's Hole viewing platform, Priory Inn, Le Mourier Valley, Sorel Headland's Long-horned sheep, Red-billed chough reintroduction project
Getting there: Bus 5,7,9,

Following a wide choice of eateries at Greve de Lecq, the climb alongside the National Trust's visitor centre leads back to the sea cliffs then on towards Devil's Hole. The heavenly 'nature walk' from here to Sorel will be in the company of some long-horned sheep and, a flock of free-flying red-billed choughs.

Section 3 - Sorel Headland to Bouley Bay

Distance: 5.6 miles / 9.0 km
Grade: Moderate
Start point: Sorel Point
Finish point: Bouley Bay slipway
Points of interest & places to eat: Sorel light and Ronez Quarry, La Fontaine pub and eatery, Bonne Nuit Bay, Bonne Nuit Beach Cafe, La Crete Fort
Getting there: Bus 4

It's worth taking a peep into the deep quarry of Ronez, a company that provides the Island with all the granite it needs. This section of the walk edges away from the coast slightly before winding down to the pretty little harbour of Bonne Nuit. From here it's back to the cliff-paths proper all the way to Bouely Bay.

Section 4 - Bouley Bay to Rozel

Distance: 3 miles / 4.8 km
Grade: Moderate
Start point: Bouley Bay
Finish point: Rozel Harbour
Points of interest & places to eat: The Black Dog pub & eatery, Mad Mary's kiosk, Fort Leicester Jersey Heritage self-catering, L'Etacquerel Fort, White Rock viewing point, Rozel Bay Tearoom, Hungry Man Kiosk, Rozel Bay pub & eatery, Chateau le Chaire Hotel
Getting there: Bus 3,4

Suitably refreshed, it's a 'stairway to heaven' along the stunning coastline to the final stop at Rozel. The cliff-path skirts alongside the Napoleonic structure of L'Etacquerel Ford which is often hired out for celebratory parties. Don't miss stopping at White Rock, a wonderful observation point that looks towards the Normandy coast and the National Park offshore reef of Les Ecrehous.

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St Catherine's to Seymour Slip

Distance:  5.1 miles / 8.3 km
Grade: Moderate
Start point: St Catherine's Breakwater
Finish point: Seymour Slip
Points of interest and places to eat: Discover many highlights along the way, please view each section below
Getting there: Bus 1,2

The terrain of the Jersey National Park undergoes a dramatic change along the Island's east coast shoreline. Replacing the steep sea-cliffs of the north and the long beach and sand dunes of the west is a sheltered bay, a pretty woodland, historical castles and towers and an opportunity of a kayak or rib-ride out to on the National Park's offshore reefs.

Section 1 - St Catherine's to Archirondel

Distance: 1.7 miles / 2.8 km
Grade: Easy
Start point: St Catherine's Breakwater
Finish point: Archirondel
Points of interest & places to eat: Breakwater Cafe, Jersey Turbot, Sand sculptures, Jersey Seafaris rib excursions, Canoe& Kayak adventures, Driftwook Cafe
Getting there: Bus 2

At given times of the year, exciting wildlife trips are made to the offshore islet of Les Ecrehous. Expect seabirds and dolphins - unmissable. Alternatively, there is an easy walk along a shoreline footpath to the Napoleonic round tower at Archirondel. Additionally, a short diversion into the pretty St Catherine's Wood is always an added bonus.

Section 2 - Mont Orgueil Castle to Seymour Slip

Distance: 2.7 miles / 4.4 km
Grade: Easy
Start point: Mont Orgueil Castle (Gorey)
Finish point: Seymour Slip
Points of interest & places to eat: Mont Orgueil Castle, The Crabshack Cafe, a wide choice of restaurants and tearooms, Royal Grouville Gold Club, Offshore oyster beds
Getting there: Bus 1,2

The start of this short and easy walk along the shoreline is dominated by the wonderfully gaunt structure of Mont Orgueil Castle. Spending time in the castle and exploring the little pier-head, harbour shops and cafe's before setting off along the promenade is highly recommended. The wide seascape of the Royal Bay of Grouville has received official Ramsar designation, an endorsement that denotes huge maritime environmental significance.

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Noirmont Point to La Corbiere

Distance:  6.5 miles / 10.4 km
Grade: Moderate
Start point: Noirmont Point Headland
Finish point: La Corbiere
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Getting there: Bus 12a

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Noirmont Point to Portelet

Distance:  1.5 miles / 2.4 km
Grade: Easy
Start point: Noirmont Point Headland
Finish point: Portelet Bay
Points of interest and places to eat: Both headlands are Sites of Special Interest (SSI's), WWII fortifications, Portelet Inn, Le Coleron Battery, La Cotte Battery, Portelet Bay Cafe on the beach
Getting there: Bus 12a

Before making your way across the heath to Portelet take some time to visit the German fortifications on this beautiful gorse and heather covered headland. With its stunning wild views and bountiful bird life there is always something to look at and photograph along the way. Weather permitting, why not descend the steps to the unspoilt Portelet Bay and enjoy a swim especially if the tide is high.

Ouaisne Bay to St Brelade's Church

Distance:  1 miles / 1.6 km
Grade: Easy
Start point: Ouaisne Bay
Finish point: St Brelade's Church
Points of interest and places to eat: Smugglers Inn, Kismit Beach Cafe, Ouaisne Common, Jersey Round Tower, Defensive WWII sea wall
Getting there: Bus 12a

Due to their ecological importance, Ouaisne Bay and its maritime common are both officially recognised as Sites of Special Interest (SSI'S). From here, the very popular St Brelade's Bay can be reached either by walking along the beach or from the inland footpaths that climb through a small 'forest' of pine trees. The beautiful St Brelade's Church with its historic Fishermans Chapel, sits at the west end of the beach, well worth a wander through.

St Brelade's Church to La Corbiere

Distance:  4 miles / 6.4 km
Grade: Moderate
Start point: St Brelade's Church
Finish point: La Corbiere
Points of interest and places to eat: Gorselands SSI's, Highlands Hotel Restaurant, La Corbiere Lighthouse
Getting there: Bus 12, 12a

It is recommended that this extremely pretty coastal walk starts from behind the delightful parish church of St Brelade from where a woodland footpath leads up the Beauport headland. The sheltered Beauport beach is well worth a visit before heading west along the coastal pathways. The easy-to-follow cliff paths lead past the Desalination Plant and finally to the iconic lighthouse at La Corbiere.

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