Channel Island Way Walking Holidays

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The Channel Island Way is a beautiful confection of walks spread over five of the Channel Islands: Guernsey, Jersey, Herm, Sark and Alderney. The route, although not especially waymarked, was originally concocted over drinks at a Jersey walks festival and The Channel Island Way was opened in 2011. The 110 miles (178km) take for the most part the coastal paths, beaches and roads around each of the isles - although there are some deviations inland at certain points.  

The Channel Islands were formed as a result of post glacial sea level changes a few thousand years ago. Not only are they geological remnants of mainland France, but they represent the remnants of the medieval Dukedom of Normandy that held sway in both France and England. Known for scenic cliffs and beaches, small towns oozing old world charm, and coastal defences dating from the Palaeolithic period through to the Second World War, the Channel Islands have been a favourite holiday destination for active adventurers. After a long and turbulent history, among others Jersey and Guernsey islands are now a British crown dependency, albeit not part of the UK or of the European Union. However, the UK Government is constitutionally responsible for their defence and international representation.  

Today, the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey have their own economic and political life. Because the Channel Islands geographically are so close to each other, unavoidably they also have similar features. On your walks, you will discover that the main islands of Guernsey and Jersey are quite similar in many respects. There are beautiful coastlines consisting of rocky cliffs punctuated by sections of beach, some of them very long! Jersey has more cliff walking than Guernsey, but southern Guernsey also has a long section of wild cliffs and headlands. Each of the small islands however have their own character and customs and this is very clear when you visit Sark and Alderney on one of the Channel Island walking holidays.

Jersey is the biggest island, followed by Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm, and then a few other uninhabited or partially inhabited islands like Jethou and Brecqhou.  

 

Personal Experience of the Channel Islands

Our team have been walking and cycling on the Channel Island Way for over 4 decades. We are passionate about the United Kingdom, active holidays and delivering exceptional service. Combined, we’ve travelled to virtually every corner of the UK & Europe and bring a multi-disciplined, multicultural and whole-hearted love of all things travel.

Great Value & Quality Trips on the Channel Islands

Our active holidays on the Channel Islands are well priced offering great value for money. Included in your package are comprehensive route notes, maps & guide books along with bag transfers and locally run accommodation. When you book, your trip will be fully organised by a dedicated member of our in-house team, so you will always know who you are dealing with. We take the stress out of organising your active UK island break.

Local Knowledge of the Channel Islands

We place great emphasis on researching, planning and crafting innovative island itineraries to ensure you get the very best experience out of your trip. We believe relationships are important and have been working with many of our hoteliers and local suppliers on the Channel Islands for years. This means that they know exactly what our travellers expect.


 

Reducing waste

Our Waste Management Policy encourages our travellers to take their own reusable water bottles, coffee cups and reusable stuff sacks to avoid single use plastics.

Supporting local

In the English regions that we travel through tourism is the main source of income for many local people. We support them by working with local family run accommodations and suppliers so that your money actually assists the community that hosts you.

Paddock to plate

The paddock to plate concept is one we encourage by choosing to work with accommodations that source produce from local farms. This provides you with fresher meals and ensures your money directly assists local economies.




Currency

Pounds sterling

International Dialing Code

+44

Electricity

Electricity in The United Kingdom is 230 Volts, at 50 hertz. The most common pin type is G (UK – 3 prong).

Visas

Visas are not required for citizens of Australia, Canada, USA and New Zealand for up to 90 days in a period of 180 days for all Schengen countries (see www.schengenvisainfo.com/schengen-visa-countries-list/ for countries part of the Schengen). Please ensure your passport is stamped on arrival in the Schengen area. For all other nationalities and for longer stays in countries covered by the Schengen Agreement (Australian New Zealand, Canadian and US passport holders), please contact the relevant embassy. Stays of longer than 90 days in the Schengen area require a long stay visa for the country you are spending most time in. However long stay visas are unlikely to be issued unless there is a valid reason (eg. studying in country). Unfortunately we cannot assist in obtaining visas for long stays due to individual country visa requirements.

Safety

Your safety is our number one concern. Our safety track record is exemplary thanks to careful management and thorough consultation with local partners. Our industry leading risk management procedures have become a skill that we continue to refine. Our leaders in the field are highly trained and have safety as their number one priority. Expert leaders, risk assessments, quality inclusions and your financial security all come standard when you travel with us. Please refer to our Travel Advisory page for updates on recent events, travel warnings and advice. We strongly recommend that all clients take out travel insurance at the time of booking to cover against sickness, accident, loss of baggage, unexpected alterations to travel arrangements and travel disruption, emergency evacuation, cancellations, etc. Insurance information is enclosed with your pre-departure information. Please contact us if you would like to obtain a quote for your trip duration. We suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements. Money and valuables should always be stored safely when travelling. Keep your passport with you at all times and do not leave it in your main luggage. You will need it to change money and check into hotels. Where safety deposit boxes are available, we recommend that you use them. Keep jewellery and valuables to a minimum.