Recommendations for walking holidays




The tourist offices of Guernsey (G) and Jersey (J) and the Blue Badge Guides on the islands organise programmes of walks, most days with a choice of morning to mid-afternoon, morning, afternoon and some evenings. This year the dates were May 5-16 (G) and 15-22 (J); also September 4-15 (G) and 11-18 (J). IT is likely that next year will be similar. Booking in advance is necessary for some walks. The programmes are on the internet or can be posted if requested from the tourist offices: telephone numbers 01481 723552 (G) and 01534 448800 (J).


Most walks start at or near bus stops. Buses run to/from the major towns of St Peter Port (G) and St Helier (J), so without a car it is easiest to stay in the towns. If you take your own car or hire one it may be easier to stay out of town because of parking difficulties. Note that there are many narrow lanes with few passing places. The island airports have been known to close because of visibility problems; the fast sea services from Poole and Weymouth don’t run on very windy days – but the sea crossing from Portsmouth is reliable but slow. Package bookings may be more economic than booking separate travel and accommodation. This year the ferry cost for a small car Portsmouth – islands – Portsmouth cost £54.


As regards the walks, there were times when the guide stopped to talk about history etc but they were enjoyable; the walks are obviously becoming well known as there were rambling groups from elsewhere in the UK.




The fairly newly-created ‘Ceredigion coast path’ runs for some 60 miles north of Cardigan to the estuary north of Borth, it forms a very good extension to the Pembrokeshire Coast path (which is also highly recommended). There are a number of villages and small towns as well as Cardigan and Aberystwyth to explore. A group of 6 of us stayed at Aberaeron and then Borth, Aberaeron is about half way along and we found this a very good base from which to do linear day walks. We made use of buses and also a very helpful local taxi service; 6 can travel as cheap (if not cheaper) and much faster than by using the bus. Note that English bus passes aren’t valid in Wales!


The dullest section of the route is at the start, from Cardigan to Munt and this could be left out. A landowner is disputing the Welsh coastal access legislation which has made the route possible and these is a boring section on roads; not busy, but uninspiring. We walked the route in 4.5 days and found it quite hard going at times, with lots of ups and downs. The route is very varied, however, and although sections are a bit of a switchback there are also stretches along the shore and along cliffs.


It is possible to get there and back by rail/bus, travelling to Aberystwyth to start with and picking the train up at Borth on the final day. But a car is very useful for moving on day if you use more than one guest house or B&B.