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Great holiday destination that's just a short hop away.
Member Name: genmil
Advantages: stunning beaches and many interesting attraction
Jersey is the largest of the five Channel Islands and is well known for its beautiful countryside and pristine beaches. The island which is 45 sq miles with 44 miles of coastline can be easily explored by foot, car, cycle or bus.
We decided to take a short break to Jersey recently and found that one of the best ways to get to know the island is cycling and walking. The island seems to be designed for cyclists and walkers. The Green lanes which were introduced to provide safety are an intricate network of 50 miles of country lanes where walkers, cyclists and horse riders are given priority over cars. Hence the speed limit on the Green Lanes is 15mph. The green lane links the beaches, places of attraction and is a useful guide for first timers in Jersey. Using St.Helier, Jersey's Capital as our base, we cycled and walked with the Green lane as our guide to many of interesting places in Jersey.
The beaches are never too far away in Jersey. St. Aubin's Bay, a popular stretch of sandy beach starts from St. Helier Harbour to St. Aubin's Harbour. The waters in St. Aubin's Bay are also a hot spot for water skiers and windsurfers. I was told that the sandy beach in St. Aubins' Bay is ideal for building sand castle. The other beaches in Jersey include Beauport, an area of secluded and protected coves, ideal for sunbathers wanting to get away from the crowds. For surf enthusiast, the Atlantic waves from St Ouen's Bay are provide one of the best surfing experience. Besides enjoying popular beach activities like water skiing, jet ski and fun boat rides, walking along the beach against the golden ray of the sun as it sets in the horizon is both breathtaking and serene.
The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is a major landmark in Jersey. Founded more than 50 years ago by naturalist Gerald Durrell, the conservation trust is famed for its work in saving and breeding endangered species. The Trust is located in an area of landscaped parklands and water gardens. Among the endangered species are a gorilla family of five lead by a silverback called Ya Kwanza, three generations of Sumatran Orang Utans and a Madagascan gentle lemur community. The animals live in large open spaces with environment created to be as close to their natural habitat. Some of the endangered species like the Mauritius Kestrel have been successfully conserved and bred and will be returned to Mauritius to re establish a new community of Kestrel. The Conservation Trust is opened throughout the year except on Christmas Day. The different types of admission charges are available from the website;
Elizabeth Castle build during the 1500s is a historical monument in Jersey. The castle was built on an islet in St. Aubins' Bay and for over 300 years, it have been used for military purpose. Inside the castle are three permanent exhibitions, War and Peace, Granite and Gunpowder and the Jersey Militia. The castle is open daily in summer and access to the castle by the amphibious ferry adds a novel start to the visit.
Jersey War Tunnel formerly known as The Höhlgangsanlage 8 (Ho8) was built by the Germans as their defence against the Allied forces when they occupied Jersey during World War Two. The tunnel was built by forced labours and the terrible conditions and suffering of the slave labourers are portray in a sculpture entitled 'Silence', currently standing on the grounds of the tunnel. The displays in the galleries tell the story of evacuation, deportation, captivity and siege, to eventual liberation of Jersey.
For lovers of Sea Shells, the Shell Garden is a paradise. Imagine a garden filled with stunning display of dolphins, doves, sea horses, mermaids all made from shells. Started by Colin Soudain in 1957, shells are continuously added to the largest shell garden in the world. The combination of colourful flowers as they dance to the backdrop of the beautiful sea shells makes the Shell Garden a delight to be in. There is even a shop selling handmade shell craft. For more info about hte Shell Garden, visit http://www.jerseyshellgarden.com/
Mont Orgueil Castle is one of the best preserved castles on the island. The dramatic castle which was built in 13th century, towers over the Gorey. There are many things to see in the castle. At the end of each winding stairs are displays depicting the practices and lifestyle of the medieval inhabitants. From witchcraft to more than 50 exhibits, Mont Orgueil Castle is definitely the place to appreciate the history of Jersey. Beside exhibits, I enjoy watching re-enactment of Jersey's medieval history by the Living History team and the spectacular eagle flying demonstration. Mont Orgueil opens daily from 18 March to 2 November.
Our walking and cycling holiday in Jersey was a delight. We took our time to explore this beautiful island. The published guides from the tourism board are very useful and informative. There is never a moment where we are at a loss of what to do. The 3 days in Jersey was definitely well spend and we are going back again for more.
Summary: Cycling and Walking in Jersey