Walking is one of the best ways to explore the island's stunning coastline and countryside. Guernsey is a walker's paradise with 28.5 miles of spectacular cliff paths, sweeping bays and rural lanes, walking in Guernsey offers visitors plenty of opportunities to explore.
Trails and pathways are just a short walk from the main roads, but feel like a world away. Guernsey's ever-changing shoreline offers ramblers a different view with each visit which will rival UK walking holidays.
From the paths which run through nature reserves, around sandy bays and across windswept commons to exploring the historic ancient backstreets of the capital St Peter Port, walking takes visitors the extra mile.
From the flats of the north to the challenging cliff path routes of the south coast, there is no better way to experience Guernsey than on foot.
Whether it is in your wellies, your hiking boots or your flip flops, taking a gentle stroll or out for a serious trek, there is a walking route perfect for you.
Narrow paths stretch from La Vallette near the Bathing Pools to the east of St Peter Port around the rugged coastline towards Fermain Bay which provides the perfect stop off for thirsty walkers with a cafe open from spring through to autumn.
The Fairy Ring at Pleinmont, where the south coast meets the west, is steeped in folklore but the real story lies in an ancient path trodden in the 1700s.
When the tides are right, you can cross the seabed on the cobbled causeway to Lihou Island, the most westerly of the Channel Islands.
Guernsey's first designated Ramsar site is a birdwatchers paradise and encompasses the island and two neighbouring nature reserves along with the inter-tidal area and outlying reefs and rocks.
Take time to explore the many historical fortifications around the coastline and stop off at one of the many kiosks for a cuppa and a slice of Guernsey Gâche, which is an absolute must.
Head inland, to Sausarez Manor where sub-tropical plants can be found or explore Guernsey's parks and gardens including the Old Victorian Walled garden at Saumarez Park, Castel and Candie Gardens, a short walk for the centre of St Peter Port.
St Peter Port & Coastal walking tours
From 1st April until 31st October 2023 join a fully fascinating tour of St Peter Port. The tours start from the Guernsey Information Centre every day with an extra walk on Wednesdays at 5.30pm. The walks run for approximately 1 1/2 - 2 hours and are flexible in nature, as each guide has created and researched their own route. Therefore it is also possible to take advantage of more than one town walk and as a different guide leads them, another route is highly probable. In addition, Coastal guided walks are also on offer every Saturday between 1st April until 30th September starting at 2.30pm from different locations each Saturday. The walks are circular, run for approximately 2 hours and all start from a bus stop. These walks are priced at £10.00 per person, no booking required.
Town walk from Gsy Information Centre with Ann Outram - firstname.lastname@example.org
Coastal Walk at L’Eree with Andy Walker - email@example.com
Town walk from Gsy Information Centre with Jackie Ward - firstname.lastname@example.org
Two walking festivals are taking place during 2023
Spring Walking Festival between 20th May to 4th June and Autumn Walking Festival between 16th September to 1st October 2023
Over 50 walks will take place during both festivals around the island, all led by the Bailiwick of Guernsey gold or silver Accredited Guides. There are walks every morning, afternoon and some evenings from short to long and all day walks, easy ambles to more testing rambles, learn all about the islands of Guernsey and neighbouring Herm and Sark. And there is a lot to learn! From Folklore to history through the ages, heroic tales to the lives of Guernsey residents and visitors, military history to the German Occupation, our stunning cliffs to our historic capital, all is revealed during our strolls through the wonderful countryside. These guided walks are a perfect way for visitors to connect with the island - and for locals to reconnect with their island home.
Bailiwick of Guernsey Guild of Accredited Guides
The Guild has more than 50 experienced guides, each with their own specialties offering tours including coastal, ghost walks, inland and town walks, historical, nature and the arts, private groups, themed nights, corporate functions, educational and excursions. Silver and Gold accreditations are awarded to guides following a stringent training and assessment programme. Guided tours are available all year round either scheduled or on request, see website and individual guide profiles for further details.
Amble: Flat roads or paths. Lots of stops to look at interesting things and to hear interesting stories and facts.
Medium: These walks may include roads and paths but expect uneven tracks, cliff paths, steps or medium slopes along the way. You should wear appropriate shoes.
Ramble: Hills, steps and a bit of clambering will add to your enjoyment of these walks which may also be longer than normal. Appropriate footwear essential.
Self-Guided Walking Holidays
If you are looking for a new walking holiday destination with unique charm, amazing views and a fascinating heritage, Guernsey is a great choice for you. Many holidaymakers in the UK are trading in the typically windy and rainy walking breaks for a trip to the island, which boasts a warmer climate and much more. Self-guided walking holidays in the Bailiwick of Guernsey are very popular. You can enjoy the sights and scenery of the stunning islands at your own pace, stopping for refreshments and taking photographs as you wish. Walking is the perfect way to explore Guernsey, as there are points of beauty and intrigue dotted all over the island, and you never know when you'll find something amazing!