Channel Islands

Guided Island Hopping

Code: GYLDW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Food & drink
  • Wildlife

Level

  • Medium
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From £1,325.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Join us for an Anglo-French adventure as we hop between the Channel Islands. Our Guided Island Hopping programme focuses on the four main islands that make up the Bailiwick of Guernsey. These stunning islands enjoy a better climate and a more relaxed way of life than mainland UK. Although they are grouped together within the Crown Dependency, these islands (Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm) all have their own unique identities, which you can explore as you follow their stunning coastlines. 

 

 

Accommodation

 

Moores Central Hotel, St Peter Port, Guernsey - 7nts

This is a centre-based holiday located in St Peter Port on Guernsey, which provides a central location for the walks.

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.

 

Itinerary

Planned Itinerary

Guernsey

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. 10 miles (16km) with 2,000 feet (650m) of ascent

Sark

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 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent

Guernsey

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 rejoin 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 (19km) with 1,850 feet (600m) of ascent

Herm

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 (6km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent

Alderney

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 (18km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent

Guernsey

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. 14 miles (22km) with 650 feet (200m) of ascent

The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors 

Local area

Guernsey Information Centre

The Information Centre is on the North Esplanade, just a short walk from your hotel and provides a great introduction to the Bailiwick of Guernsey. As well as offering many useful maps and leaflets, the centre also sells a good range of souvenirs and displays various art projects.

Castle Cornet

The imposing structure of Guernsey’s ancient royal fortress overlooks the harbour at St Peter Port. Its three museums and gardens display almost eight centuries of island history. Don’t miss the Noon Day Gun, which is fired every day by soldiers in 19th century costume.

Hauteville House

Set amongst some of St Peter Port’s grand Georgian and Regency homes, this fairly unassuming house (apart from the large French flag) was once home to Victor Hugo. Now owned by the City of Paris, his exquisite and ornate home gives a wonderful insight into his 14 year exile from France.

Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery

Set above the town in Victorian Candie Gardens, the Guernsey Museum offers the ‘Story of Guernsey’ from Neolithic times to present day. The 19th century gardens themselves also offer incredible views across St Peter Port.

Victorian Shop and Parlour

Just up the hill from the Town Church, 26 Cornet Street has been restored by National Trust of Guernsey into a Victorian period parlour selling gifts, sweets and souvenirs.

Sausmarez Manor, Wild Subtropical Gardens and Art Park

A diverse set of attractions set around a beautiful Queen Anne Colonial-style manor house, which was once home to the Seigneurs of Sausmarez. The Subtropical Gardens are set around two lakes in ancient woodlands and are well worth a visit.

German Occupation Museum

A vivid insight into the Occupation of the Channel Islands and life on Guernsey between 1940 and 1945. Includes a recreation of an occupation-era street, maritime history and fortifications.

La Seigneurie Gardens

Sark’s Seigneurie is surrounded by stunning formal gardens, which are well worth a visit. The grounds include a fine rose garden, an elaborate dove-cote and a traditional apple crusher.

Alderney Stones

Our walk on Alderney passes many of Andy Goldsworthy’s Alderney Stones. This leading British artist has placed a number of rammed-earth ‘boulders’ around the island, which are slowly eroding to reveal various objects – a process which is very relevant to a small island.

Alderney Railway

Take a scenic ride on an ex-London Underground carriage from the harbour to the northeast coast past the Mannez Lighthouse. Officially opened in 1847, this is the only railway in the Channel Islands.

The Alderney Museum

This museum is located in the heart of St Anne next to the church. This small museum reveals the fascinating history of the island including its dramatic evacuation during World War Two.

Travel

'With flight' holidays

 Travel by plane

By air:

For those who have booked our “with flight” holiday, a transfer from Guernsey Airport will connect with the group flight and take you to your accommodation in St Peter Port. The same arrangements apply for your return journey.

The inter-island flights between Guernsey and Alderney are included in your holiday price. Luggage is restricted to 1 item per passenger with a maximum weight of 6kgs.

All passengers aged 16 and over are required to provide photographic ID at the check-in desk and at the departure gate

Flybe plane at the airport 

 

Independent travel

 Travel by plane

By air:

There are numerous flights from UK regional airports to Guernsey. See www.aurigny.com or www.flybe.com for timetables and booking.

There are taxis available from the airport forecourt. Guernsey Airport is approximately 4 miles from the hotel in St Peter Port. Frequent public buses are also available from the airport to St Peter Port.

The inter-island flights between Guernsey and Alderney are included in your holiday price.

 Aurigny plane at Guernsey airport

Ferry

By ferry:

Condor Ferries operate ferries from Poole in Dorset to St Peter Port. See www.condorferries.co.uk

After disembarking, the hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the pier. Cross the North Esplanade near the roundabout and head in the direction of Lower Pollet, Le Pollet and High Street (which are one continuous street). Moores Central Hotel is situated on Le Pollet, almost directly behind the Guernsey Information Centre.

 High speed ferry heading to Guernsey

Reviews

Date & Rating Customer Review HF Holidays says
2 Aug 2016, 10:39 a.m.

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Very well organised

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Excellent, but perhaps a bit too busy
24 May 2016, 6:41 a.m.

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Always high quality and very relable

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Friendly, professional hotel. Very good service and food. Excellent leadership, good knowledge, always calm. Very supportive and reliable. Very friendly without being intrusive
17 Sep 2015, 6:43 p.m.

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Leader was excellent but the HF flight organization was poor

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Hotel on Guernsey was good but that on Alderley lefty a lot to be desired. Eating in the hotel was too noisy as dinning room was smallish with a low ceiling, hard floors. tables, chairs, walls and ceiling so every word echoed. Bedroom was OK with a good bathroom but the duvet covers had been changed since the last occupant but not the sheet
17 Sep 2015, 4:36 p.m.

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Well organised good hotels and wonderful food.

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Beautiful scenery amazing beaches and really interesting to see the difference between the islands
24 Aug 2015, 10:36 a.m.

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OK

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The leader had not been on the walks or even visited some places before. Had no local knowledge. Got hopelessly lost on first day.
Fiasco with luggage going to Alderney. Stayed too long in Alderney as there is not enough of interest there. Hotel there was rather like a Backpackers or Youth Hostel. However, there was a very good spirit within the group and it was enjoyable overall. The hotel in Guernsey was lovely but noisy at night due to its central situation.
Thank you for your feedback. I was sorry to learn that you had some issues at the Alderney hotel and with the leadership. We will follow this up.

Toni McNulty
Customer Relations Manager
22 Aug 2015, 8:57 a.m.

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Booking and administration very efficient.

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Our leader was personable and friendly throughout the holiday, ensuring that the wishes and needs of the group were respected.

She was severely handicapped by a lack of adequate maps for Sark and Alderney. Alternative, better quality, maps were available but had not been provided to her.

The holiday experience could have been improved by making it a one centre holiday on Guernsey and not overnighting on Alderney for two nights. Alderney can be walked in a day and so an early flight out and late flight back would have avoided the stressful experience of relocating all our baggage in a small plane which in the event was unable to accommodate all our luggage, resulting in half our luggage remaining on Guernsey following a very public repacking of bags in the arrivals lounge. This option would then have freed up Thursday afternoon as free-time.

Despite these difficulties we had a great holiday in the company of some truly fun and interesting people.
8 Aug 2015, 5:52 p.m.

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We have been on quite a few HF holidays and have thoroughly enjoyed them all.

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Would have been excellent but for problems getting luggage to Alderney during this busy week. HF need to look at this to prevent disappointment in future; However, the flight itself was a highlight of the holiday!
6 Aug 2015, 6:46 p.m.

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I usually have good holidays with HF, and in general did with this holiday.

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The holiday was good apart from the trip to Alderney.
6 Aug 2015, 1:27 p.m.

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The holiday ticked all the boxes regarding accommodation and content

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It would have been easier to visit Alderney on a day trip instead of travelling with luggage needed for the final journey home and an overnight stay on Alderney
27 Jul 2015, 3:27 p.m.

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We have been taking HF Holidays for many years and have never been disappointed

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This holiday was exceptional value for money and brilliantly organised.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
29 Apr 2017 GYLDW - Channel Islands
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 29 Apr 2017, 9 a.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Apr 2017, 10:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Guernsey

Flight - Return

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 6 May 2017, 5:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 6 May 2017, 6:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Guernsey
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,435.00 Book Now
29 Apr 2017 GYLDW - Channel Islands
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 29 Apr 2017, 11:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Apr 2017, 1 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Guernsey

Flight - Return

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 6 May 2017, 10:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 6 May 2017, 11:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: Guernsey
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,435.00 Book Now
29 Apr 2017 GYLDW - Channel Islands 7 £1,325.00 Book Now
20 May 2017 GYLDW - Channel Islands
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 20 May 2017, 9 a.m.
  • Arrive: 20 May 2017, 10:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Guernsey

Flight - Return

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 27 May 2017, 5:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 27 May 2017, 6:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Guernsey
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,435.00 Book Now
20 May 2017 GYLDW - Channel Islands
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 20 May 2017, 11:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 20 May 2017, 1 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Guernsey

Flight - Return

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 27 May 2017, 10:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 27 May 2017, 11:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: Guernsey
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,435.00 Book Now
20 May 2017 GYLDW - Channel Islands 7 £1,325.00 Book Now
15 Jul 2017 GYLDW - Channel Islands
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 15 Jul 2017, 9 a.m.
  • Arrive: 15 Jul 2017, 10:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Guernsey

Flight - Return

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 22 Jul 2017, 5:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Jul 2017, 6:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Guernsey
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,435.00 Book Now
15 Jul 2017 GYLDW - Channel Islands
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 15 Jul 2017, 11:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 15 Jul 2017, 1 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Guernsey

Flight - Return

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 22 Jul 2017, 10:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 22 Jul 2017, 11:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: Guernsey
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,435.00 Book Now
15 Jul 2017 GYLDW - Channel Islands 7 £1,325.00 Book Now
12 Aug 2017 GYLDW - Channel Islands 7 £1,325.00 Book Now
12 Aug 2017 GYLDW - Channel Islands
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 12 Aug 2017, 11:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Aug 2017, 1 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Guernsey

Flight - Return

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 19 Aug 2017, 10:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 19 Aug 2017, 11:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: Guernsey
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,435.00 Book Now
12 Aug 2017 GYLDW - Channel Islands
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 12 Aug 2017, 9 a.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Aug 2017, 10:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Guernsey

Flight - Return

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 19 Aug 2017, 5:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 19 Aug 2017, 6:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Guernsey
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,435.00 Book Now
2 Sep 2017 GYLDW - Channel Islands
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 2 Sep 2017, 9 a.m.
  • Arrive: 2 Sep 2017, 10:25 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Guernsey

Flight - Return

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 9 Sep 2017, 5:20 p.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Sep 2017, 6:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Guernsey
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,435.00 Book Now
2 Sep 2017 GYLDW - Channel Islands
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 2 Sep 2017, 11:50 a.m.
  • Arrive: 2 Sep 2017, 1 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Gatwick
  • Arrive at: Guernsey

Flight - Return

AURIGNY AIR SERVICES

  • Depart: 9 Sep 2017, 10:20 a.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Sep 2017, 11:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: Guernsey
  • Arrive at: London Gatwick
7 £1,435.00 Book Now
2 Sep 2017 GYLDW - Channel Islands 7 £1,325.00 Book Now

What’s included

  • 7 nights’ Full Board en-suite accommodation with all meals
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ guide
  • All transport to and from the route is provided on walking days, luggage transfers, inter-island flights and ferries
  • Group transfers to and from Guernsey airport

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £105 (complete holiday)

If at eight weeks prior to the start of the holiday a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room or room for single occupancy with associated supplement will be allocated to you instead. 

  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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