Lancashire Times
A Voice of the North
7:00 AM 4th September 2021

Take A Walk On The Sark Side

The Guernsey Autumn Walking Festival returns from September 11th – 26th offering visitors a choice of more than 40 morning, afternoon and evening guided walks around the islands of Guernsey, Herm and Sark.

The month of September provides the perfect backdrop for experts from the Bailiwick of Guernsey Guild of Accredited Guides to ramble whilst revealing some of the secrets of this fascinating island, occupied by the Nazis during the Second World War.

Walks range from strolls through the island’s interior scenic landscape to exploring its rugged coastal paths, each varying in difficulty and length of between one and five hours with an ‘all-dayer’ to Sark.

The walks, which begin at £10 each, are suitable for all ages and abilities, including a short coastal walk, a challenging cliff top ramble or a tour of the ancient town of St Peter Port.

Walks include:

The Ghosts of the WWII Mirus Gun Battery
11 September, 7am – 6pm
Military history enthusiast Tim Osborne conducts the first scheduled walk of the festival with a spooky tour of one of Guernsey’s four vast German underground batteries. The Mirus Gun Battery on the west coast of the island isn’t just well preserved, it is also the sight on much reported paranormal activity. The walk will focus on the supernatural and ‘ghostly goings-on’ that have been reported in these bunkers, with first and second-hand stories and sightings and Tim’s own personal experiences backed up with some photos.
Oh My Gache!! A Tasty Walk of St Peter Port
17 September, 10.30am – 12.30pm

A real treat for any “foodies”. A tour of St Peter Port with an emphasis on food, glorious food. From war time recipes to a secret marmalade factory, there are tasty tales and a few delicious samples along the way. The walk makes for a fantastic light brunch whilst absorbing stunning harbour scenery.

The Secrets of Little Sark
18 September, 12pm– 3pm

A visit to Guernsey is not complete without a visit to Little Sark. Discover its secrets from pre-history to the present time, on this fascinating tour which includes going through areas not normally accessed by the public. This three-hour walk takes in many interesting sites on Sark, occupied by the Germans from 1940 until 1945.
Vraic, Wrecks and Ruins
20 September, 2pm – 4.30pm

Local guide Nicola leads a coastal ramble exploring the rich history of L’eree headland, before heading along the coastal path to the Le Trepied dolmen, returning back to L’Eree through the tranquil lanes of St. Saviours. Expect tales of shipwrecks and seaweed, fairies and folklore and some occupation anecdotes.

Walking in the Footsteps of Renoir and Victor Hugo
24 September, 2pm – 4pm

This stunning walk follows the lives of two of Guernsey’s most famous residents. The enchanting tour will take in Renoir’s stay in the Summer of 1883 and Victor Hugo’s frequent visits to Moulin Huet. The group will also visit the cottage Renoir painted in one of his famous masterpieces and where Hugo picnicked.

Pre-booking is advised to guarantee a place.

Aurigny flies to Guernsey from a wide range of airports including Alderney, Bristol, East Midlands, Grenoble, Leeds Bradford, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Manchester, Norwich and Southampton.

Book flights to Guernsey online or call Aurigny Reservations on +44 1481 267267. Aurigny also operates a Ticket Desk in Guernsey Airport.