The Country Walk
11.02.2014 - 11.02.2014 7 °C
I have been destined to get soaking wet every time I do this walk. Both times I completed it, I have had the wrong weather forecast. Thruthfully, the weather never deters me from walking but I would have preferred a bit of sun.
My starting point was St. Lawrence Church. This one is believed to be the oldest building in the parish and amongst the oldest churches in the Channel Islands with records dating back 1198. The church has been enlarged through centuries. There was a speculation during a renovation in the 19th century that a Roman pillar with an inscription may be as early as the 6th century was found but I didn't enter to check.
In spite of the wind, the cold, the rain, this walk offers you one of the best of Jersey's woodlands. A combination of streams, paths and water reservoirs gives you the feeling that you have reached paradise. The rolling waves of St Ouen's beach are a distant memory and you are suddenly absorbed by this new world of different animal species and natural history.
The recent weather hasn't been kind to nature so I saw myself walking through fallen trees, deep muddy paths and overflown water gullies until I reached the valley. From the moment you step on Fern Valley Road, the beautiful canopy of trees cover you from the elements as you decend to Fern Valley. A land that covers around 24 vergees (11 acres). This has everything you wish to see in a country walk but please do it in the summer.
When you finally reach the top of the hill, you can have a glimpse of St. Aubin's bay. From there onwards you prepare yourself to be tantalised by another valley: Waterworks Valley and its Millbrook Reservoir. Your senses are awaken again and your experience with nature is undescribable.
Leaving the valley and approaching to the city puts you back into reality. The buzz and hassle of the day living is back.