From the Sandy South to the Rocky North
04.11.2014 - 04.11.2014 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.
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.
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.
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.