Channel Islands, Island Hopping Holiday

Corbiere lighthouse in Jersey, The Channel Islands
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Island Hopping
Walking Grade: 3
from £1,595pp with flights

Our Channel Island Hopping visits the islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm. These stunning islands enjoy a great climate and a relaxed way of life. The islands all have their own unique identities, which you can explore as you walk along their stunning coastlines. Based near the seafront at St Peter Port on Guernsey for your holiday, we include an exciting day flight to walk and discover Alderney and boat trips to walk and discover both Sark and Herm.

Holiday Highlights

  • Step back in time on Sark with its car-free lanes and stunning clifftop paths
  • Sail to Herm and explore its unique identity
  • Nature lovers and history buffs will love Alderney as we fly for the day to walk and enjoy all it offers
  • Stunning coastal walks on Guernsey 

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation 
  • Experienced HF Holidays Walking Leader
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • All inter-island flights and ferries
  • Transfers to and from Guernsey airport

Trip Notes

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You will meet your leader at a welcome meeting prior to dinner at the hotel


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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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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.

Corbiere lighthouse in Jersey, The Channel Islands

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hit drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litres)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent and a midge hood is highly recommended for Scotland
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

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All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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2020
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2020
25 Apr - 02 May 2020 Itinerary £1,449 Available Book Now
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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Island Hopping
Walking Grade:
3

7 nights from £1,595pp with flights

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