Lovely landscapes, great museums, good food
Relaxing & Laid back
This is a classic French bistro. If you didn't know that you were in a "British Crown Dependency" this is exactly the sort of place you'd expect to find on an upmarket Parisienne backstreet, or, equally, somwhere off a dusty farm track a kilometre or two inland from one of the Brittany fishing harbours.Le Petit B ticks all the cliche boxes but does...more
St Peter Port, GY1 1BA, United Kingdom
Good for: Families
Whilst it may not have the fairytale grandeur of other European castles the ruggedly utilitarian Castle Cornet nevertheless has an interesting and varied 700 year history, having been variously involved in the wars against France, the English Civil War and finally the WW2 German occupation of the Channel Islands. After WW2 King George VI gifted the...more
Everyone loves Fish and Chips don't they? Well, if we were staying on Alderney for longer than just over a day we would loved to have found 'proper' restaurants and eating houses. However..... Waling up from Braye Harbour towards St Ann we came across a nice clean looking fish restaurant on the right-hand side of the road. Fortunately for us they...more
Whilst strolling back towards Braye, we came upon a War Memorial, dedicated to those folk involved in forced labour, who perished on Alderney during the war. It was quite a moving place, reading all the different plaques: Polish, French, and other Nationalities of those who died during those horrid years.more
Having arrived in Alderney from Guernsey some years ago, we decided this time to approach from the Western end as we were heading from Plymouth. By the way, I had made various passage plans just in case the weather (or anything else) turned nasty. As it was, we arrived about 3 hours earlier than predicted, and sailed up the southern coast of the...more
If you wish to travel to Sark then take the 'Isle of Sark' Boat from White Rock in St Peter Port Guernsey. The boat departs three or five times a day depending on the season, or weather. The cost of an adult ticket is £22 return, and children £11.20 and infants under 3 years are FREE. The Journey takes 50 minutes and covers 9 miles, which take you...more
Sark is a wonderful little island, but apart from tractors, horse carriages and cycles there is no other form of transport apart from walking. You can arrange to hire a bicycle from the Isle of Sark Shipping Company prior to departing from Guernsey to Sark. The cost of cycle hire is £5.50 per day.more
Restaurant at the Bel-Air at the top of Harbour Hill near where the tractor bus drops the visitors off. The Chef is also a local fisherman. He was for a while the head chef at Stocks Hotel on Sark. His food is always good. Presentation is also a thing he loves to do well. The local fishermen knock at his door to offer what they have caught. The...more
Herm has a small harbour that dries out completely at low water. At high water the Trident Ferry comes in here, but more often than not at the Rosiere Steps. Bilge-keeled boats can take the beach here, but the area is strewn with rocks, and one would have to be most careful just where to drop anchor. The French yacht in the photo misjudged his...more
Herm Island is not very large, only about half a mile wide by one and a half miles long. You can easily walk around it in a couple of hours. As I mentioned previously, you will need stout walking shoes, for after the beaches, the cliff path rises steeply, and the path becomes very rugged and stony. There are places where it would perhaps be very...more
St Tugual's Chapel dates back to the eleventh Century when the Island was the home of an Order of monks, but its roots are much older than this. It is a quaint place, with a small garden area and bell tower placed in the perimeter wall. Services are still held here.On your way here from Belvoir beach, the climb is very steep and slippery when wet....more
Guernsey is cris-crossed with handy bus routes. The bus terminus in St Peter Port is a couple of hundred yards from the main Marina, in the direction of the church, but carrying on along the main road. Bus route 7 and &A will take you all round the Island for (in 2012) £1, and takes about a hour and a half. You can alight the bus at any stop en...more
I've been to Guernsey about 6 times now, and each time by boat, not the fast cats, but small sailing boats. My own boat is only 22 feet (6..7 meters), and it takes about 20 hours for the 100 mile crossing from Plymouth. The marina complex in St Peter Port is easy enough to find, and the channel clearly defined. You will usually be met by one of the...more
Once you've travelled around Guernsey why not take a trip to either Herm or Sark? Ferries leave St Peter Port daily (subject to weather conditions of course). It usually leavesfrom 'Cambridge Steps' but can also depart from either the 'Weighbridge' or 'Inter-Island Quay' depending on the height of the tide.The first and last boats always leave from...more
The Barclay Brothers bought the island of Brecqhou in 1993 for £2.3M and since then have fortified the island with a gothic castle. Since 1993 they have been agitating to have Brecqhou seperated from neighbouring Sark which the Seigneur of Sark, a Mr. Beaumount, is formerly the feudal Lord. Sark and Brecqhou fall under the legal auspices of the Bailiwick of Jersey, the governor of which is appointed by the Duchess of Normandy i.e. HM the Queen.
Visits to the island are forbidden by the Barclay Brothers as it is their private property. However, due to their deliberate flouting of the Laws of Sark (driving cars, etc) and considering they have recently made 20% of the population of Sark redundant they have made many enemies in the Chief Pleas or Parliament of Sark.
If someone was to trespass on Brecqhou the owners of the island would have to appeal to Seneschal of the Chief Pleas, the elected leader of the parliament. He would be unlikely to prosecute anyone who had upset the Barclay Brothers considering their behaviour. Furthermore, technically the owners of Brecqhou would have to request that the Constable of Sark come to their island and physically remove any squatters and this action would require approval by the Seigneur.
Visitors to Brecqhou would need a boat, parachute or hang-glider as the island can only be accessed by sea or air.