From St Helier to Gorey
06.11.2014 - 06.11.2014 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.
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.
- 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 côtil 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
You just need to come here and explore it by yourself!