Channel Islands, Guided Island Hopping Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Island hopping
Walking Grade: 3
from £1,599pp

Visit Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, and Herm all in one holiday. Blessed with better-than-average British weather these stunning islands offer awe-inspiring coastal walks, white sand beaches, and seaside resorts fit to rival any you’ll find in Europe.

What you’ll love

  • The car-free lanes and stunning clifftop paths of Sark
  • Sailing to Herm to explore the smallest of the Channel Islands
  • Exploring nature-rich Alderney
  • Stunning coastal walks on Guernsey 

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite rooms in our partner accommodation(s) 
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning 
  • Daily packed lunches
  • Three-course evening meals, plus tea & coffee  
  • Guided walks with an experienced HF Holidays Leader 
  • All transport to and from walks where necessary 
  • Return flights from London Gatwick, Birmingham or Manchester to Guernsey, including hold baggage, and airport transfers

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

Your leader will be at reception at 18:30 to meet the group and for a quick introduction to the holiday before dinner.

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Today we leave St Peter Port on foot and enjoy views of the harbour and the imposing Castle Cornet. After ascending to Clarence Battery and Fort George we join a much more rural path to Fermain Bay, with its loop-holed tower. Crossing into St Martin’s parish we continue with stunning coastal views to Jerbourg Point. On a clear day this corner of the island offers fine views of the other Channel Islands and France. From Jerbourg, we join the south cliff path passing high above Moulin Huet Bay and Saint’s Bay en route to Icart Point and the incredibly pretty beach at Petit Bôt, before completing our walk close to Le Gouffre Nature Reserve. This is quite a tough, but beautiful walk. The coastal bus service offers an earlier return option for anyone who finds the complete walk a little long.

11 miles (18km) with 2,550 feet (780m) of ascent and 2,350 feet (720m) of descent.

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Our boat journey from St Peter Port takes us directly to Sark in less than an hour and we begin our walk directly from the Maseline Harbour tunnel. Pretty country paths and car-free lanes quickly reach the south coast and our path meets extensive views over Derrible Bay. We soon reach Dixcart Bay and follow the rising cliff path, which offers wonderful views out to sea before crossing La Coupée – a narrow isthmus leading to Little Sark. Little Sark offers quiet lanes, cliff views, charming houses and the remains of silver mines. Back on Sark, we follow the Rue du Sermon into the village and pass La Seigneurie before looping the island’s rocky northern headland. Returning to the village initially, our route then drops back to the harbour for our return boat.

10 miles (16km) with 1,400 feet (440m) of ascent

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A morning sailing takes us over to the tiny island of Herm, to the east of St Peter Port, in just 15 minutes. Despite being so close to Guernsey, the smallest island on the Channel Island Way is a world away from bustling St Peter Port. Regardless of whether the boat lands at the harbour or Rosaire Steps we progress south with views to Jethou Island (privately leased by philanthropist Sir Peter Ogden). The undulating cliff path winds around to the island’s east coast and the views are often inundated with seabirds. From Belvoir Bay the walk levels out and we pass pretty Shell Beach and loop across the green. With our circuit complete, the quaint harbour village offers a souvenir shop and refreshments at the Mermaid Tavern.

4 miles (6½km) with 500 feet (140m) of ascent and descent.

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Our second walk on Guernsey continues from Le Gouffre and rejoins the rugged south coast. The cliff path here has some fairly steep ups and downs but the Pleinmont Headland rewards us with wonderful views out towards Hanois Lighthouse, nature reserves and commanding historic towers. After the mysterious-looking Fairy Ring, we re-join civilisation at Portelet Harbour. From here we can enjoy the contrast of walking on Guernsey’s west coast, which features a succession of wide sweeping bays with views of defences like the iconic Fort Grey and Lihou Island, the most westerly point in the Channel Islands. Our final destination for the day is pretty Vazon Bay, which is protected by the imposing Fort Hommet. This is quite a tough, but beautiful walk. The coastal bus service offers a return option for anyone who finds the complete walk a little long.

12 miles (20km) with 1,600 feet (500m) of ascent and 1,750 feet (540m) of descent.

Landscape of the Sark Island, Guernsey, Channel Islands


An early flight takes us to Alderney, the closest island to France geographically, and set apart from the rest of the Channel Islands.  Its isolation offers a completely different feel to its visitors. Walking around the island can be done in the day and this route offers spectacular cliff paths brimming with military history and an abundance of wildlife at every turn. From the airport, we head for the noisy and stunning gannet colony at Les Etacs and then progress around the island’s south coast, passing Telegraph Bay and a converted WW2 communications bunker displaying the island’s natural and military history.  The cliff path leads to the sweeping horseshoe of Longis Bay, and Mannez Lighthouse at the north-east end of the island.  After a succession of pretty bays, the path passes by Fort Albert and onto sweeping Braye Bay below St Anne (Alderney’s town).  Passing Braye Harbour with its enormous breakwater, the circuit of the island concludes with views of romantically situated Fort Clonque, before heading back to the airport.

12 miles (19½km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent and descent

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Continuing from Vazon Bay, our final walk on Guernsey completes our circuit of the island. We carry on along the islander’s playground, past sandy beaches and seagrass dunes dotted with rocky granite outcrops. At Le Grand Havre we reach Vale, which, before human intervention, was once separated by water from the rest of Guernsey. Now at the north of the island, we pass the Megalithic passage grave of La Varde and the beautiful L’Ancresse Bay en route to Fort Doyle. From here the pretty harbours of Bordeaux and St Sampson lead us back to the Esplanade in St Peter Port and our starting point.

15½ miles (25km) with 700 feet (200m) of ascent and 750 feet (220m) of descent.

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Enjoy breakfast before making your way home.

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Moores Central Hotel, St Peter Port, Guernsey - Channel Islands

The Moores Hotel enjoys an almost unique position in the centre of St. Peter Port, Guernsey and only minutes from the picturesque marinas and seafront from where the ferries leave for the neighbouring Channel Islands. Rooms include TV, radio alarm, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and WiFi. Drying facilities are available. It has a recently refurbished conservatory restaurant with a roof terrace and outdoor seating. Other features of the hotel include a relaxing lounge, an authentic Austrian patisserie and a health suite with Jacuzzi, sauna and fitness room.

Food & drink

Your stay is full-board. This includes daily breakfasts, packed lunch options, and evening meals. Vegetarian choices and dietary requirements can be catered for (please give advance notice when booking).

Packed lunches

Our packed lunches will be too much food for some and not enough for others; if you feel you might need more food during the walk, please bring a supply of snacks to supplement this – it won’t always be possible to buy these on the route. Your packed lunches will include: a bread sandwich or roll with a choice of filling; some fresh fruit; fruit cake/flapjack or similar, crisps and/or biscuits. For those of you tackling a level 4 or above holiday, we would highly recommend bringing some trail mix or something similar to ensure you've some fuel in reserve should you need it.

Dietary requirements

Our partner hotels can cater for most dietary requirements, but it is important you advise us of any allergies and dietary restrictions you have at the time of booking.

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Getting to Moores Central Hotel, St Peter Port, Guernsey - Channel Islands

Find out more about this location including travel details and room types.

More Information

Essential information

  • Single room supplement charge - £294
  • With flights holidays: Price includes return flights from London Gatwick, Birmingham or Manchester to Guernsey Airport, hold baggage and airport transfers

If you have booked your own flights and would like airport transfers, you must contact us on +44 (0)20 8732 1250 or email reservations@hfholidays.co.uk at least 8 weeks before your holiday start date to provide your flight details. If you do not contact us, we will assume you are making independent travel arrangements.

Essential information

The UK has a famously unpredictable climate so it's best to be prepared for weather that’s sunny one minute and raining the next.  To make it easier, here’s a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof walking boots that provide ankle support and good grip  
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket 
  • Comfortable clothing (jeans & waterproof capes are not suitable)  
  • Mid-layer(s) to keep you warm. Fleeces make a good choice
  • Waterproof overtrousers  
  • Gloves and a warm hat  
  • Rucksack with waterproof liner 
  • Spotting scope and/or binoculars 
  • Flask for hot drinks   
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)  
  • Sunscreen  
  • UV sunglasses  

Recommended  

  • Several base layers (long-sleeve or short-sleeve)  
  • Cushioned walking socks to avoid blisters  
  • First aid kit, including plasters and insect repellent 
  • Sit mat   
  • Waterproof pouch for valuables  
  • Rubbish bag (remember to always leave no trace)  
  • Wallet/purse  
  • Camera 
  • First-aid kit 

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Non-member fee: £30 per person.

All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised prices listed below show the lowest economy flight price option for that departure. On holidays where we offer local UK airports, details will appear in the “Important Information” section below and available alternative flight options will be offered when you book. Seating upgrades may be available on request and at an additional charge, please call 020 3974 8865 for a quote.

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08 Jun - 15 Jun 2024

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7 nights
Type:
Island hopping
Walking Grade:
3

7 nights from £1,599pp

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