Enjoy a horse-drawn tour of Sark! Six of us sat in the carriage and had a memorable trek around this feudal island. The driver, Sandra, was so informative! The horse, Pride, didn't give us so much feedback ---but he was a worker!
It had been an exciting ferry ride from St.Peter Port ---choppy seas but warm sunshine. However, on Sark it was bitterly cold and the island was extremely foggy, even in May! So, although we enjoyed our carriage ride, the views were limited!
Would I return to Sark? Possibly ----but there are many new places I'm keen to visit.
The carved coat of arms of the first Seigneur is still visible on the stone lintel of the Windmill, built by him in 1571. Extensive sail damage occurred as a result of a storm in 1917 and corn was no longer ground here after 1920. The windmill stands at the highest point in the Channel Islands and is the second oldest tower mill in the British Isles.
1912 saw the erection of Sark's lighthouse, which greatly reduced the hazards to shipping east of the Island. It was built with granite, quarried from the Eperquerie Common. In the ownership of Trinity House, it stands 213 feet above high water mark and is now fully automatic. It nestles against the high cliffs, down a flight of 165 steps, with superb views of Maseline Harbour.
The home of the Seigneurs of Sark since 1730, La Seigneurie was built on the site of the sixth century monastery of St. Magloire. The present house has been altered and extended over the years with a large Victorian watch-tower erected in order that signalling could take place betweent the island and Guernsey. The formal, highly-acclaimed gardens are amongst the finest in the Channel Islands - it even includes a miniature maze with a wooden fort at the centre.
The Pilcher monument is a granite obelisk situation on the headland facing Brecqhou, above the old landing at Havre Gosselin. It was erected to the memory of J. Pilcher, a London merchant, who lost his life with four others, attempting to sail to Guernsey one stormy evening in October 1868. Havre Gosselin still provides the only alternative landing on the west coast, and is mainly used by yachtsmen.
The razor-edged isthmus joining the main island to Little Sark, is the most spectacular sight in the Channel Islands. Before 1900 when protective railings were erected, children from Little Sark, had to crawl on their hands and knees to avoid being blown over the edge. The present narrow concrete road was built in 1945 by German POWs under Royal Engineers direction. There is a 300 foot precipice on the left side of Convanche Bay. On the right lies the large, beautiful, sandy bay of La Grande Greve.
It is hard to believe on a small place such as Sark that you would have need of a prison.
This windowless stone prison, built in 1856, contains two small cells and is still in use today, usually for individuals who have over-indulged in liquid refreshment. Prisoners are kept here for a maximum of two nights.
Enjoy wandering around the fairly quiet harbour and take a few photos. There are some interesting shots to be had!