Lancashire Times
A Voice of the North
Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
7:00 AM 11th July 2021

New Walking Break To Jersey

Whilst COVID travel restrictions mean that a foreign trip remains tantalisingly out of reach, Jersey, the location for Inntravel’s brand new walking break offers the chance to enjoy a holiday with all the hallmarks of a European jaunt.

The island lies just 14 miles from the French coastline, there’s a distinct Gallic tinge to the culture, from its French road signs to the long hours of sunshine, and the island even has its own currency and laws. Indeed from Mont Orgueil Castle, one of Europe’s finest medieval fortresses and the nearest part of the island to France, it is possible to get a glimpse of the country’s shoreline.

While France is currently on the UK’s Amber list, with quarantine required for those returning to the UK, there is no such requirement when travelling from Jersey.

Thanks to one of the largest tidal ranges in the world, the Channel Island of Jersey in effect doubles in size twice each day. On this new self-guided walking short break, guests will discover twice as many reasons to fall in love with the island, not just for its charming coastal scenery but for its superb local produce and fascinating World War II history too.

The company's programme of self-guided walking holidays offers tempting trails in all corners of Europe. Each is meticulously researched and is accompanied by detailed walking notes and maps. The focus is on a slow, immersive form of travel, enjoying local food and discovering the local culture. Since the COVID pandemic, Inntravel have increased their range of UK walking holidays, with new routes on the Norfolk and Northumberland coastlines, a trip following sections of the Thames Path in its 25th anniversary year, and soon to launch holidays in the Lake District and the Brecon Beacons.

Despite its diminutive size, measuring just nine miles by five, Jersey tempts walkers with a variety of landscapes from high sea cliffs singing with the calls of sea birds, to sweeping sandy bays along its southern coast. Over four days of gentle walking, guests will follow paths scented with gorse-flowers by St Aubin’s Bay, visit the rocky headland of La Corbière, with its iconic lighthouse...
...and keep an eye out for red-billed choughs by Sorel Point, rare birds reintroduced to the area in recent years. The island’s history is revealed too. There are trails leading to Battery Lothringen, a coastal artillery battery which is one of the best preserved in Western Europe that reveals the island’s occupation by Germany in WWII, and through the capital St Helier, where Charles II was proclaimed King of England in 1649.

During the break, guests stay at a charming country house-style hotel, set just above the picturesque harbour village of St Aubin. Here, guests can admire the views from the hotel’s spacious gardens, planted with tropical palms and containing an outdoor swimming pool, as well as tucking in at the well-regarded restaurant, where dinner is included for one night.
Price: Jersey - an Island Escape costs from £595pp based on 2 sharing, including 4 nights’ B&B accommodation, 1 dinner, island bus pass, walking notes and maps / GPS navigation and return taxi from Jersey airport to the hotel. Available from 23 August to 31 October 2021.