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The Green Lane and Water Walk

From St Helier to Gorey

semi-overcast 10 °C

After my brief encounter with nine dogs, a flock of sheep, two horses, a raft of ducks and a herd of cows, I can safely say that if you are looking for a rural walk, this is the one to do. It offers you the real countryside feeling and every time you get to a narrow road, there is something new to discover.

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From the moment I started this walk and left the city behind, the narrow lanes and farms appeared and so my discovery began. As I always get suited and booted for long distance walks, I also got a few "you're a tourist" look from the locals. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the chit chat as it is my only opportunity to get all sort of information. So get ready for some interesting facts which will make you do this walk in no time.

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  • Jersey is blessed with the most picturesque and unspoilt valleys. As you cross the tiny lanes you are able to see La Vallee des Vaux; a woodland located to the north of St. Helier. This is a small valley compared to the other ones but enough to wow you. The National Trust prevented the use of its wooded cĂ´til for development and bought the site in 1937. The beauty of this woodland is that it can be enjoyed all year round. There are plenty of foothpaths for you to explore.

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  • Jersey has six "Raw Water Storage" reservoirs. They collect and store the raw water that runs down from the streams and any extra water that is found in the ground. Because of their unique location through the island, you can really enjoy the wildlife it offers. So If you like bird watching, walking or fishing, look for these spots as they are not to be missed. There is no real path through Grand Vaux Reservoir but plenty on Queen's Valley to take your breath away.

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  • Jersey is proud of its "Green Lane" scheme. The narrow lanes have a speed limit of just 15mph. Drivers are expected to give way to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. So if you are thinking you are going to get run over, don't worry. 99% of locals will adhere to this rule. Expect the 1% to be crazy but in such a beautiful place you can hear them a mile away to move to a safe side.

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  • Jersey is an island full of history and heritage. Due to its unique position, it was always vulnerable. The island is home now to the most amazing fortifications. You can discover the ancient English castles, the German war tunnels and towers, the Norman style farmhouses. Mont Orgueil castle is one you really need to see. It provides you with clues as to why the castles and towers were built on the first place.

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You just need to come here and explore it by yourself!

Posted by Adoni Mosquera 02:30 Archived in Jersey Tagged valley countryside castle reservoir Comments (0)

From Coast to Coast

From the Sandy South to the Rocky North

rain 9 °C

Despite that I love the summer, nothing can really surpass the experience of walking in the winter. The feeling of accomplishment is definitely tangible. Your clothes are either soaked or dirty and your muddy boots can clearly show you have been doing some serious walking.
This walk is one of many I am sharing as there is nothing written about them. My purpose this time is to venture down the unknown with a map and a rucksack and let me tell you I haven't been disappointed.
If you really want to see the difference between north and south, this is the walk to do. The idyllic view of Elizabeth Castle when you stand at St. Aubin's Bay gives you the opportunity to take those romantic pictures you want to share with your friends. The sandy beach runs for almost 5 miles but Islanders don't swim in it. It is mainly used for water-sport activities and for what people enjoy more here: walking the dog.
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As you start ascending Le Mont Cochon, the dramatic vegetation changes start. The salted sea breeze disappears and the tall green trees dominate the path. It feels like you have entered into another island within seconds and someone has put a rural landscape in front of you.
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For those interested in architecture, there isn't anything of significance in this walk. Apart from the grand new mansions you find on your way. However, I have found this property which by the look of its derelict condition has been there for centuries.
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Just as you approach to the other side of the coast in St. John, the tantalising views of the headland and rocky path, makes you think you have been moved to a different place. You can't really believe this island could offer you such a different perspective in less than two hours.
For those like me who like variety, this walk offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beach, do some exercise and finish looking at the other channel islands from the highest point in Jersey.
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St Brelade

A Round Walk - Day 4 Preparation

sunny 16 °C

In preparation for the Collas Crill Island Walk

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Byways of St. Saviour and Trinity

A Challenging Walk - Day 1 Preparation -

sunny 17 °C

I choose this walk not only because of its great historical interest and beautiful woodland during spring time but for its challenging hills. Signing up for the Collas Crill Island Walk has meant that I need to get prepared for the ardous 48 miles. This walk provides you with a good starting point if you are a regular walker. Its steep and long hills gives you the right stamina you need for the island walk. Despite the gruelling hills , you can't miss the stunning woodland as you pass by. Unfortunately the daffodils and snowdrops were nowhere to be seen.

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On your walk, don't forget to see "Les Grande Vaux Reservoir" one of the many ones in the island. The ruins of a wartermill - Moulin du Ponterrin - which is one of the 38 known sites, the beautiful property "La Blanche Pierre" with its amazing apple crusher in the garden and finally look out for the most wonderful property dated from 1500 - "Le Potterin". Something not to be missed if your legs and heart are still working by the end of the walk.

Well, I was fine. I had a great companion during my walk to keep me up to pace. Thanks Anita Philippe for your support and encouragement.

Posted by Adoni Mosquera 06:54 Archived in Jersey Tagged trees watermills woodland reservoir Comments (0)

Byways of St. Saviour and Trinity

A Challenging Walk - Day 1 Preparation -

sunny 17 °C

I choose this walk not only because of its great historical interest and beautiful woodland during spring time but for its challenging hills. Signing up for the Collas Crill Island Walk has meant that I need to get prepared for the ardous 48 miles. This walk provides you with a good starting point if you are a regular walker. Its steep and long hills gives you the right stamina you need for the island walk. Despite the gruelling hills , you can't miss the stunning woodland as you pass by. Unfortunately the daffodils and snowdrops were nowhere to be seen.

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On your walk, don't forget to see "Les Grande Vaux Reservoir" one of the many ones in the island. The ruins of a wartermill - Moulin du Ponterrin - which is one of the 38 known sites, the beautiful property "La Blanche Pierre" with its amazing apple crusher in the garden and finally look out for the most wonderful property dated from 1500 - "Le Potterin". Something not to be missed if your legs and heart are still working by the end of the walk.

Well, I was fine. I had a great companion during my walk to keep me up to pace. Thanks Anita Philippe for your support and encouragement.

Posted by Adoni Mosquera 06:54 Archived in Jersey Tagged trees watermills woodland reservoir Comments (0)

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