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La Table Des Pions
The Fairy Ring (Guernsey)
Member Name: jrh2
The Fairy Ring (Guernsey)
Advantages: nice walk
Disadvantages: just a circle of stones
The Fairy Ring is found out at Pezeries Point, Pleinmont, which is the point of Guernsey which is furthest away from the Capital, St Peter Port. It is known as the Fairy Ring nowadays but its actual name is 'La Table Des Pions'.
It is believed that in the 1700s a group called the Chevauchees travelled from Vale Church to Grande Harve to ensure the road was passable for islanders. To travel that far without a car would have taken them nearly all day so they stopped for a break at Pezeries Point where they would have a feast. The Royal Court officials always ate in a tent which was specially built whilst the Pions were left to eat outside. The story says that the Fairy Ring (which has little relevance to fairies?) was actually a table and chairs for the Pions to eat at. This makes sense as there is circle dug out which looks like a table and stones around the circle which could represent chairs.
Another superstition is that if you walk around the Fairy Ring three times and make a wish it will come true. I have not tried this but even if I had I doubt it would work. This is the more well known story about the Fairy Ring.
To get to the Fairy Ring you have to walk for 10 to 15 minutes from the Pleinmont Kiosk. I walked up there last week and it didn't take that long. There are wide tarmac paths to follow all the way so many children take bikes and scooters up there. It would be possible to take wheelchairs or push chairs as well but some parts of the walk are over steep hills. Along the way are beautiful scenery over the sea, plants and flowers and benches which are perfect for a little rest (or to enjoy the view). Around halfway there are a few benches which are in a great spot for a picnic.
Closer to the Fairy Ring is spectacular cliff top views and sights over the sea where you'll see the Cup and Saucer and the Hanois Lighthouse. When you arrive at the Fairy Ring it is not that spectacular as it is just a circle of stones but knowing the history makes it that little bit more interesting. There is an information board nearby which tells you a bit about it.
Overall I think it is a nice walk and is good to see every now and then but I wouldn't go regularly.
Summary: nice to see every now and then