There are two local radio stations (Radio Jersey 88.8FM and Channel 103 - 103.7FM) - each very good in their own way.
If you get a chance tune into Radio Jersey, say on a Saturday morning, to hear the local market place. There are quite some characters that phone in!!
If you're alone or just two people, no point in hiring a car. The island is so tiny that you can't really speed from one point to the other. Just rent a scooter! It's the absolute freedom!
There are many scooter-parking spots all over the island and virtually no theft at all.
It is the best thing to do, really, considering it takes about 25 minutes to cross the island and you absolutely cannot get lost.
The north shore offers great opportunities for walking along the cliffs, while enjoying some of the hidden beaches. The cliffpath goes all along the north shore, so you can pick any portion of it to walk on and with bus network you are not obliged to return back on your steps.
For an example of such walk, you can consult my travelogue...
If you find yourself out west in the country parish of St Ouen, and on the Les Landes Common near the Grosnez Castle is an old site positioned below an imposing pinnacle of rock. Two earth and rubble ramparts have been attributed to the Neolithic/Chalcolithic periods and a third to the Bronze Age. Iron Age occupation is attributed to 6 pieces of iron. In Roman times a rectangular (11.2m x 9.15m) Gallo-Roman temple was constructed. Amongst the large number of finds from various excavations are flints, hammers, rubbers, polishing stones, a copper arrow head, bronze spear head, wheel turned pottery and a Roman coin. The Pinacle has stunning views, but be very careful whilst walking down to it.
On a headland, on the northwest of the Island in the country parish of St Ouen on the Les Landes common stands Grosnez Castle, thought to have been built in the 13th or14th centuries. The castle is a ruin, but stands boldly on guard against the French terror that used to raid and pillage the Isle of Jersey hundreds of years ago (last attack 1781). It is said that many of the farmers walls and field boundries clos by have many of the castles stones!? The natural beauty of the common is second to none in the island, and you can see the other channel isles from this spot...
Locate next to the Jersey Royal Golf Club is the Momument to Harry Vardon "To play well you must feel tranquil and at peace. I have never been troubled by nerves in golf because I felt I had nothing to lose and everything to gain."
Harry Vardon was the most famous Jersey sportsman that ever lived,. He was a golfer that dominated the sport at the turn of the 20th century, and the grip he used although not invented by him was to be called the "Vardon grip"
• U.S. Open: 1900
• British Open: 1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911, 1914
1870-1937 born on May 9
Bouley Bay was for many centuries of strategic importance, being a natural haven for vessels to anchor, and several proposals were made to make the bay a harbour for the Royal Navy, but this never happend.On July 31st, 1549 The French attempted to capture Jersey and fought a battle on the slopes of Jardin D'Olivet, they were led by Captain Francois Breuil and an Italian, Leon Strozzi. The French were forced to retire to their boats and retire to St Malo, leaving behind their dead and wounded. Jurat Helier de la Rocque, the Lieut-Bailiff was killed in the action.
L'Etacquerel Battery is thought to have been set up between 1786 and 1790. In 1807 a powder magazine was built nearby. In 1835-36 a lower battery was erected at a cost of 994 pounds by Colonel Lewis (of Tower fame) and Colonel Oldfield.
The entrance to the Fort has in recent years had a steel grill fitted and since then the place has fallen into ruin and is sadly neglected.
The Ecrehous is a group of small islands and rocks which are located about six miles to the north east of St Catherine's Breakwater. Grey Seals have been seen by kayaker and boat owners alike. A trip out to this reef can be arranged by talking to the local fisherman, and hitching a lift out there for the day.. Bring overnight equiment, food and mobile phone in case of bad weather.. you have been warned!
The Ecrehous is a group of small islands and rocks which are located about six miles to the north east of St Catherine's and is probably the most visited of the offshore islands.
A beautiful destination with fine views of Jersey and France and one of the best benches in the world on which to sit and eat a packed lunch.
At low water they cover an area of about four square kilometres but the sovereignty of this small area has been contested between Jersey and France with the issue finally being settled at the International Court of Justice at The Hague in the 1950's in Jersey's favour. During the summer of 1993 French nationals lowered the Jersey flag and raised the Tricolour, stirring memories of the turbulent past.
There is an enormous difference in appearance when viewed at high and low tide. The low water panorama with its sand banks and isolated pools stretching to the west in is in complete contrast to high water when the streams run fast around the southern end of Marmotier and there are just a few isolated rocks poking their heads above the water level.
On a warm summers evening as the sun dips towards the horizon behind Jersey there can be few better places to be.
Les Ecrehous can be just as rewarding a place to be on a winters day. On a bitterly cold January day it is unlikely that there will be anybody else on the reef, the peace and quiet shared with the wintering birds such as Brent Geese, Red Breasted Mergansers and Herons. During the summer there are several pairs of Terns nesting the area and care has to be exercised especially if walking close to Blanche Ile, not to disturb these delightful birds of the sea whilst they are on their nests. The bird life can be extremely varied and it is surprising what species can turn up. For example in 1984 an Icterine Warbler and an Ortolan Bunting were ringed on the reef. A pair of binoculars are essential pieces of equipment for any ornithologist.
Around the little headland that marks the western-most point of Le Hocq bay is Green Island. This small bay derives its name from the grass-covered rock that sits a little way out, surrounded by water at high tide.
All around the island are reminders of past inhabitants dating back to prehistoric times, and Green Island is no exception.
This is an important archaeological site as 18 box-like graves (some still with human remains) were discovered on top of this mound dating back to neolithic times.
Sadly now coastal erosion threatens the very existence of this local landmark.
Green Island has a carpark and a cafe nearby.
St. Brelades Bay is possibly the most popular bay in the island, with visitors and locals alike, and as a result is a bustling and lively beach.
Its has a sheltered position on the south west of the island which makes it warmer than some of the other island bays and the gently sloping white sands provide an ideal location for water sports.
Opportunities to hire all the paraphernalia associated with a day at the beach (sun loungers, umbrellas etc.) are available all along the bay and there are plenty of small shops, cafes, hotels and restaurants right by the promenade that hugs the sea wall.
There are also three large hotels located here.
Located in the bay of Portlet is Janvrin's Tomb, which sits on a small islet 'Ile au Guerdain', and is only accessible at the low water mark for a few hours.
There is a sad story attached to this island:
The tower that you see here was built as a defense against French attack during the 1800s, but it stands above the tomb of a sailor called Philip Janvrin. On returning to the island from a trip to Nantes in the year 1721, Janvrin and his crew were not allowed to land, for fear that they might be infected with the plague that was afflicting the people of that area of France.
They where ordered to stay in quarantine on their ship in the nearby Belcroute Bay. It's not known whether the crew were actually suffering from the plague, but sadly poor Janvrin died and his widow was still not allowed to bring his body ashore. Permission was finally given for his body to be interred on 'Ile au Guerdain' , so that he would be within sight of his St. Brelade home.
This beautiful headland offers panoramic views from St. Aubins to St. Helier and beyond to Greve d'Azette, and then sweeping around way out to sea and across to Portelet bay in the west. There are also with its commanding views, it's hardly surprising that this headland was heavily fortified by the Germans during their occupation of the island. A large command bunker is secreted below ground, which is sometimes opened to the public.
The National Trust for Jersey look after these Barracks, which where built on the north coast in 1810, resemble a row of old granite cottages. They provided accommodation for Islands soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars. I must also add that my Granmother was born here in 1920 in the middle barrack. Today they contain a local information centre with displays about wild flowers, birds and historic features that can be seen along the cliff footpaths. Located in the parish of St Mary.
Located next to the parish church of St Brelade is a chapel which dates back to the early Norman times. Recently rediscovered Mural paintings circa 14th C have been fully restored. The paintings were limewashed over at the time of the Reformation due to the roman catholic nature of the paintings and the protestant reformation which led to the vandalism and destruct of many wayside crosses and murals across Jersey and UK.
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