Hampshire Hikes & Historical Sites
Bring intriguing coastal trails and history alive in South Hampshire
Jersey is compact; just nine miles by five miles, it's the largest of the Channel Islands and great for a week's island walking
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Tour codes: 75406
Full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain.
Most of these holidays have an element of sightseeing as well.
Half day walks will probably involve about 3 hours of walking, with full day walks having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to 600m.
Jersey is compact; just nine miles by five miles, it is the largest of the Channel Islands and great for a week’s island walking. The island has beautiful scenery and fascinating small towns and villages, gardens and historic monuments.
Rich in flowers and wildlife and almost completely unspoiled, the calm island life ensures a relaxing backdrop for our explorations into its tranquil landscapes. Many of its age-old stone walls have been built from some of the oldest rocks in the British Isles. The Normandy coast, only 15 miles away, is visible on a clear day, and Jersey itself has a rich mixture of English and French culture and atmosphere.
We explore the island’s network of footpaths and quiet country lanes and use local transport to visit Jersey’s museums, megalithic monuments, fortifications and tropical gardens. Reminders of the island’s history await discovery. You’re conscious of the blue Channel seas never far away; the island’s beaches, coves, rugged rock formations and spectacular heather-clad cliffs are a walker’s delight.
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NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen
Itinerary & Travel
Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.
Arrival at Jersey airport and transfer to The Monterey Hotel in St. Helier. If your leader is not on your flight they will meet you at the Monterey Hotel. A representative will meet you at the airport and ensure you are transferred to your hotel. You will have dinner each evening in the hotel restaurant.
Transfer Time = 10 minutes depending on local traffic
Your first walk on Jersey is a good one, always enjoyed by all. We will take a very short bus journey along the promenade to St Aubin (scenes from the Bergerac TV series were filmed here) - followed by a walk to Portelet Common with lovely views to the sands at St Brelade’s Bay. We can have a short coffee stop, view the Fisherman’s Chapel and follow the coastal path via Beaufort to Corbiere Lighthouse.
There are options to continue walking or take the service bus back to St Helier.
We make our way today inland to La Hougue Bie (a Jersey Heritage site) which is well worth seeing. After spending an hour here we wander gently around the country lanes to Queen’s Reservoir - a great spot for lunch. After lunch, we head over to St Martins and then on to the east coast. We make our way along the coast down to Gorey Harbour with its spectacular castle. This is a good Jersey walk, with countryside and coast combined - a day not to be missed.
The entrance fee to La Hougue Bie is not included in the holiday price. Entrance is approximately £10 per person. (From 2022, the cost of entry is included in your holiday price).
This walk takes us to the North Coast and we will take a stroll along the cliffs at the north of the Island from Greve de Lecq. The views are spectacular and you will get the chance to see some wildlife and perhaps some seals. We can fit in a coffee stop at the Priory Inn, then continue the undulating coastal path. We go inland for a short part of the walk and then rejoin the path down to Bonne Nuit Bay; a very small harbour on the north coast which again is quite attractive. There are options to continue this walk if you are feeling very energetic or return to St Helier.
Today we take the inland route and show you some of the real countryside and perhaps some Jersey cows! A very short bus journey to just beside the war tunnels and we walk past some of the old “Mills’ and then walk along a pleasant woodland path where we will approach the village of St Peter for our coffee stop today.
We then head west towards the west coast and the view of the biggest bay on the island will appear - there will be spectacular views and another chance to see the lighthouse at Corbiere from a different view. Then we head to the bottom of the dam and walk around the reservoir before heading inland and strolling the quiet lanes. We finish the walk at the Victoria Inn but can extend this to end up on the seafront between St Aubin and St Helier. This is a walk that gives a fantastic insight into the Jersey Countryside.
This walk takes us back up to the North Coast and we head in a westerly direction. Our first stop will be at the Piemont Cafe for our morning snack and coffee. We make our way along the coast, past the racecourse and along to Grosnez. If the weather is kind we will get great views towards the other channel islands. Again there may be opportunities to see seals swimming offshore.
As we work our way around the westerly point, you will get the opportunity to view restored armaments from the second world war. We drop down into St Ouen’s Bay with its amazing beach and subject to the tide, we will gently stroll along to our end point at Jersey Pearl - which is worthy of a visit while we wait for transport back to town.
Departure from the hotel is after breakfast. A transfer to Jersey airport is included.
We hope you have enjoyed your time in Jersey and look forward to welcoming you on another holiday with us.
Departure dates for your selected tour
22nd Aug 2021 - 28th Aug 2021 (6 Nights)
19th Sep 2021 - 25th Sep 2021 (6 Nights)
3rd Oct 2021 - 9th Oct 2021 (6 Nights)
1st May 2022 - 7th May 2022 (6 Nights)
12th Jun 2022 - 18th Jun 2022 (6 Nights)
10th Jul 2022 - 16th Jul 2022 (6 Nights)
28th Aug 2022 - 3rd Sep 2022 (6 Nights)
25th Sep 2022 - 1st Oct 2022 (6 Nights)
Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.
The friendly three-star Monterey Hotel is located in St Helier as well as being on the island’s bus route.
There are comfortable lounges, a new open-plan and comfortable bar area and a recently refurbished restaurant, called 'Gordini’s', which offers a range of cuisine, including a full English buffet breakfast and a freshly prepared menu each evening. We stay at the hotel on a half board basis. Picnic lunches are not included.
Free Wi-Fi can be found throughout the hotel.
There is an indoor pool, and if the weather is fine, an outdoor pool in which to cool off. A steam room, spa pool and mini-gym are also available.
Rooms have flat screen TVs, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, iron and bath or shower.
This is a Grade 4 moderate holiday which includes full day walks at a moderate pace. The guided walks will vary between inland and coastal walking. The inland walks are mostly on quiet roads and easy paths. Some of the coastal walks involve many short ascents and descents. However the amazing views make it worthwhile. Walks will last up to 5 hours and could involve as much as 450m of cumulative ascent and descent, though the highest point reached on any walk is only around 100m. There are five days of guided walking included in this holiday, around the lanes and coastlines of Jersey. Daily mileages will be between 6½ miles and 8½ miles.
Local Transport Costs
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.
When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
The cost of entrance fees to sites visited or additional excursions taken are not included in the holiday price. Approximate entry fees are list below:
Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.
Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.
Leader's Evening Briefing
Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.
Included in the cost of your holiday are flights from Southampton.
Transfers: you will be met on arrival in Jersey and taken to your hotel in St. Helier. Similarly on departure, a transfer from the hotel to Jersey airport is included.
Route planning to and from mainland regional airports: The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites.
Regional Flights (R3). We offer regional flight options on this holiday and there will be one or two transfer vehicles between the airport and hotel to minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport on the outward or return journeys.
Personal Details Check
To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
Passport Information for United Kingdom
Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.
Half board with breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotels. Picnic lunches are not included.
Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.
Footwear As Hand Luggage
We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.
General Kit List
Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.
If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:
This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.
Travel Documents Checklist
Documents and Information to take with you:
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Maps, Guidebooks & More
Jersey Official Leisure Map 1:25,000
Free maps are also available locally, many of which include details of the island’s footpaths.
You could also take a look at the Jersey Tourist Office website at: www.jersey.com
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.
Health Advice for United Kingdom
No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.
Further Travel Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
The UK National Health Service does not operate in the Channel Islands, with most medical practitioners in private practice and patients being required to pay for treatment and any use of the ambulance service. Although a reciprocal medical agreement exists between Jersey and Guernsey and the UK mainland covering immediate and necessary treatment of conditions which arise during your stay, travel insurance with medical cover is essential for this holiday.
The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.
Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.
We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.
Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements.
Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.
As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.
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