West coast Jersey walks

15 Self-guided walks

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For wild, surfy sand you can’t beat the four-mile expanse of St Ouen’s Bay, the most striking feature of Jersey’s western edge. Walk along the sea wall and watch surfers ride big Atlantic waves or venture into the beach’s tumbling dunes rich in wildlife, and located within Jersey's Coastal National Park.

15 West coast Jersey walks

Grève de Lecq to Plemont

Distance: 1.2 miles / 2 km
Grade: Easy/Moderate
Start point: Grève de Lecq Bay
Finish point: Plemont Bay
Pit stop: Plemont beach cafe
Getting there: Bus 9

This short walk includes some of the most iconic views of the Channel Islands and gives you a real feel of the proximity of the islands themselves. With views across to our neighbours in Guernsey and Sark, as well as views of northern France it can also be a photographers dream. The cliff path route out of Grève de Lecq heading west stays close to the coastline and its high cliff tops before reaching the north western tip of the island, and many a visitors’ favourite beach, Plemont Bay. Busses are available from Plemont. 

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La Corbière to Portelet Bay

Distance: 3.2 miles / 5.1 km
Grade: Moderate
Start point: Corbière Lighthouse
Finish point: Portelet Bay
Pit stop: The Oyster Box, St. Brelade’s Bay
Getting there: Bus 12, 22

Get your cameras at the ready. This is one of the most iconic and picturesque walks on the island, and definitely a favourite amongst locals. Taking in stunning costal views as well as the ups and downs of the high cliffs, this short walk is packed with sights to absorb. St. Brelade's Bay, recently voted third best in Britain, marks the half way point.  Containing a huge choice of places to relax as well as one of the Island’s richest and most diverse nature reserves, Ouaisne Common, this walk really does have something for everyone.  

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Plémont Bay to Corbière Lighthouse

Distance: 6.8 miles / 11 km
Grade: Moderate
Start point: Plémont Bay
Finish point: Corbière Lighthouse
Pit stop: El Tico Beach Cantina, Big Verns
Getting there: Bus 8, 9

Walk the entire length of Jersey’s Atlantic coast. Starting at the northern tip of Grosnez Point you will pass the horse racing course of Les Landes with stunning coastal views, before heading down to sea level. Take a little break with the freshest of seafood at Faulkner Fisheries or one of the many foodie stops along the way, before continuing onto La Pulente, either by path or beach (tide dependant). The final leg of this cliff path curves round the headland to the peaceful Petit Port, finishing at rugged coastal sights of Corbière Lighthouse, steeped with history from the Island’s German Occupation in World War II.

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Sunset walk to La Pulente

Distance: 4 miles / 6.4 km
Grade: Moderate
Start point: St. Peter’s Village
Finish point: La Pulente
Pit stop: Classic Farm Shop, Manor Farm, St. Peter
Getting there: Bus 9

Beginning in St. Peter’s Village and joining the Railway Walk heading west, this walk is best amidst the golden light of sunset. Watch the sun drop below the horizon beyond St. Ouen’s Bay and look out for the famous ‘green flash’ at the finishing point of La Pulente. Make sure you head in for a nightcap before last orders at La Pulente pub.

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Le Braye Slipway to L’Etacq

Distance: 4 miles / 6.4 km
Grade: Easy
Start point: Le Braye Slipway
Finish point: Faulkner Fisheries, L’Etacq
Pit stop: Jersey Pearl
Getting there: Bus 22

Beginning at Le Braye with views of the iconic La Rocco Tower, this is a chance to see the Les Mielles Nature Reserve which forms part of the Jersey National Park. Head inland, via La Rue de la Mare, and cut through the heart of the flat landscape, taking in an abundance of wildlife and sun drenched headland along the way. Heading north towards l’Etacq, finish your walk with a stroll along the golden stretches of sandy beach in St. Ouen’s Bay.

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Journey to the Sea

Distance: 2.5 miles / 4 km
Grade: Easy
Start point: Catherine Best, The Windmill
Finish point: Kempt Tower, St Ouen’s Bay
Pit stop: Guided tour of St. Ouen’s Manor
Getting there: Bus 9, 28

This short and easy walk heads downhill all the way to the sea. Start with a peruse at the St Peter’s windmill, now home to Catherine Best Jewellers and stroll through St. Ouen’s Village, passing by one of the prettiest manors in Jersey, St. Ouen’s Manor which dates back to the 12th century, before continuing downhill to a glittering view of St. Ouen’s Bay. Make sure you visit Kempt Tower, a defensive tower built in 1834 against possible French invasion, the perfect spot to take a break and enjoy the salty fresh air.

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Val de la Mare reservoir

Distance: 2.8m/ 4.5km
Grade: Easy
Start & finish point: Val de la Mare reservoir
Pit stop: Les Mielles Golf Club Cafe
Getting there: Bus 9, 22, 28

Val de la Mare reservoir was constructed in 1962 and is the second largest reservoir in Jersey (Queen’s Valley being the largest). The reservoir has a natural wealth of flora and fauna and is home to many species of birds and wildlife. Enjoy this circular walk starting at either the upper or lower carparks. Look out for the signposted arboretum walks along the way. 

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A western loop

Distance: 19 Miles/ 30 Km
Grade: Hard
Start & finish point: Anywhere along the route
Pit stop: Big Verns, El Tico Beach Cantina, Plemont Bay Café, The Old Court House

This circular loop is the perfect way to explore the western side of the island. If you fancy a challenge you can try to cover the ground in one day, but ideally you would split this walk into sections, enabling you to stop and enjoy Jersey’s natural beauty along the way. There are numerous points of interest for you to discover, with many choices of location to sample some of Jersey’s local produce.  

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The Sand Dunes

Distance: N/A
Grade: Moderate
Start point: The sand dunes
Finish point: The sand dunes
Pit stop: Le Braye Café
Getting there: Bus 22

Located on the west coast of Jersey, the sand dunes are a favourite amongst families and dog walkers. Whether its high intensity training or a casual walk, reach the top of the dune path for full panoramic views of St. Ouen’s Bay. Once you’ve worked up an appetite head to local favourite and seaside eatery Le Braye Café, for a delicious meal or Genuine Jersey ice cream and wander down to beach off Le Braye Slip.

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Coast to Coast South West Walk

Distance: 3.5 miles / 5.6 km
Grade: Difficult (steep hills)
Start point: Le Braye, St. Ouen
Finish point: The Gunsite Café, St. Aubin’s Bay
Pit stop: St. Peter’s Garden Centre
Getting there: Bus 22

A coast to coast walk exploring the south west corner of the island from the Atlantic coast of St. Ouen to the more sheltered St. Aubin’s Bay. Start the day right with a hearty breakfast at Le Braye Café before challenging yourself on the steady climb up Le Mont a la Brune. Wind your way back down to sea level via picturesque and leafy country lanes, taking Le Mont des Vignes towards Beaumont hosting incredible views of the St. Aubin’s harbour. The Gunsite Café is perfectly positioned for a light snack or long lunch.

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St Aubin’s Harbour to Corbière Lighthouse

Distance: 3.4 miles / 5.4 km
Grade: Easy / Moderate
Start point: St. Aubin’s Harbour
Finish point: Corbière Lighthouse
Pit stop: Jersey Lavender
Getting there: Bus 12, 14, 15

The tucked away Railway Walk is peaceful and a popular route for locals. Set back from any roads and tree lined, the gentle path heads towards Corbière Lighthouse on Jersey’s south western tip. You can be adventurous and head off the path at any point or continue full circle back to St. Aubin where there are restaurants a plenty in which to relax and refresh. Don’t miss out on the Jersey ice cream from Mark Bratley’s kiosk at Corbière.

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Les Creux Millennium Park

Distance: 3.5 miles / 5.6 km
Grade: Easy / Moderate
Start point: Les Creux Millennium Park
Finish point: Les Creux Millennium Park
Pit stop: The Poplars Tea Room
Getting there: Bus 12, 22

A coastal loop to be explored. Perfect for a lazy afternoon ramble, with St. Brelade’s Bay to the east and St. Ouen’s Bay to the west. Immerse yourself in the stunning scenery across to le Fret Point, with the famous Palaeolithic site of La Cotte de St. Brelade, and learn something new at one of the many World War II sites along the coastline.

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North West Coastal Walk

Distance: 3.5 miles / 5.6 km
Grade: Moderate
Start point: Greve de Lecq
Finish point: Greve de Lecq
Pit stop: Café Ouen
Getting there: Bus 9

Travelling along the north west coast this walk has a mixture of roads, woods and cliff paths. Beginning at Grève de Lecq Bay, journey to the valley and into the woodland, passing by one of Jersey’s many agricultural areas, which could host anything from Jersey Royals to fruit and veg. Taking the path westwards to Plémont, Café Ouen provides a perfect pit stop before you complete the loop back down to Grève de Lecq.

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Grosnez Castle Ruins

Distance: 4 miles / 6.4 km
Grade: Easy
Start point: Catherine Best, The Windmill
Finish point: Grosnez Castle (Ruin)
Pit stop: Catherine Best Café
Getting there: Bus 8, 28

Take quiet country lanes starting at the Windmill in St. Peter, you will head west through secluded lanes towards the north west tip of the island. The 14th-century castle ruin of Grosnez awaits you, nestled on spectacular headlands with the best views of our neighbours Guernsey and Sark. A truly stunning sight. Join further coastal cliff paths to continue exploring.

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Grève de Lecq Circular Walk

Distance: National Trust Walk - Le Col de la Rocque Coastal Walk
Grade: Moderate
Start point: Greve de Lecq Barracks
Finish point: Greve de Lecq Barracks
Pit stop: The Priory Inn
Getting there: Bus 9

Starting and finishing at Grève de Lecq, this circular walk shows off the best of our island with beautiful wildlife, coastal views and islets. Enjoy this 2-3 hour moderate walk which is ideal for nature lovers, and finish at Le Moulin de Lecq Inn, a relaxed pub with the largest water wheel on the island, for some refreshment.

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