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Bouley Bay to Gorey Harbour

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A day of clifftop and coastal walking with easy navigation. Start in Bouley Bay, passing through Rozel Bay and St Catherine's Harbour before finishing up in Gorey Harbour.
moderate
Distance 12 km
3:30 h
213 m
214 m

After a relatively difficult section of cliff paths out of Bouley Bay, the walk becomes easier as it descends into picturesque Rozel Bay with its old oyster fishing harbour. The perfect place for you to have lunch surrounded by fishing boats. After another short climb towards the Dolmen du Couperon, our walk takes on a more gentle gradient towards the mid-19th Century naval harbour at St Catherine’s. This has to be one of the highlights of your week as we pass Anne Port you will be greeted by the impressive 13th Century Mont Orgueil Castle, towering above the Royal Bay of Grouville. Gorey Bay Harbour area offers a selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants to rest your weary feet. Lunch stop will be at Rozel Bay. Bring a packed lunch/refreshments.

 

Author’s recommendation

The 12th century Mont Orgueil Castle was built in the time of St John, but modified and used as a defence right up until WW2. Make sure you visit it and climb the ramparts - the history and the views are both quite humbling.
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Highest point
90 m
Lowest point
3 m
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Safety information

There is some clifftop walking, be very careful of loose rocks and do not go to close to the edge. When you do drop down to the beach, be aware of the tides. 

There are some road crossings, always be aware of traffic and be sure to use a pavement/sidewalk where possible, where it isn’t walk on the right-hand side of the road,

Some of the ground can be uneven, with steep descents and muddy/boggy ground. Ensure you have suitable footwear and step cautiously where needed, the mud is especially tricky in wet weather.

Tips and hints

Food and Drink

There are not many food stops en route, so make sure you get a lunch from the hotel or alternatively, you can leave early after a big breakfast and arrive in Gorey in time for a late lunch.

 

Points of Interest

Mont Orgueil Castle

Explore one of the world’s finest examples of a medieval castle which has cast its shadow over the beautiful fishing village of Gorey for over 800 years. Take in breathtaking views of the French coast as you delve into the network of staircases, towers and secret rooms to discover hidden treasures.

https://www.jerseyheritage.org/places-to-visit/mont-orgueil-castle

St Catherine's Harbour

 Originally planned as a harbour for the Royal Navy, to counter the threat of a French invasion, the breakwater was started in 1847.  A long harbour with a breakwater that reaches far out into the water.

https://www.jerseyheritage.org/heritage-landscape/st-catherine-s-breakwater---white-tower

Gorey Harbour

It’s one of Jersey’s best-known locations, a relaxed fishing village with its pastel-coloured cottages and alfresco restaurants, all overlooked by the medieval battlements of Mont Orgueil castle. Make like a local and spend a few hours over a long lunch in the sunshine, shop for some artisan food discoveries or experience Jersey’s history up close with a castle tour. Soak up the almost-French atmosphere – it’s not hard to get into the Gorey frame of mind and fall in love with the place.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorey,_Jersey

 

Start

Waters Edge, Bouley Bay (13 m)
Coordinates:
DD
49.238472, -2.081809
DMS
49°14'18.5"N 2°04'54.5"W
UTM
30U 566837 5454371
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Destination

Harbourside, Gorey

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km - Start with your back to the Water Edge Hotel and TURN LEFT ascending the road and then TURN LEFT again up steps signed for Cliff Path Rozel. Continue to follow these signs

1.90 km - BEAR LEFT at the fork in the path to stay on the path

3.10 km - Pass through a metal gate onto a lane, after 30 metres BEAR RIGHT onto an ascending track

3.40 km - Follow the track as you BEAR LEFT into the next field

3.60 km - TURN LEFT at the T Junction, descending into Rozel Bay

4.30 km - TURN LEFT at the T Junction in the harbourside

5.30 km - TURN LEFT going back on yourself signposted for Public Footpath as the surface turns to track

5.70 km - TURN RIGHT when the track meets the lane, ascending

6.50 km - TURN LEFT at Rue de la Perrequa down cycling route 1

7.60 km - BEAR LEFT off the road descending down an earthen path, then BEAr RIGHT at the fork, ascending, then when you reach the road, BEAR LEFT sharply to stay on the footpath

8.00 km - At the end of the field there are hidden steps descending, TURN LEFT to follow them to the road and then TURN RIGHT using the path that runs between the road and the sea

9.70 km - At the end of the beach path TURN RIGHT up the hill and then TURN LEFT at the T Junction

11.50 km - When you reach the castle on your left in Gorey, BEAR LEFT and descend into the harbourside using the railed footpath

11.80 km - You are in Gorey Harbour and can finish for the day

 

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Coordinates

DD
49.238472, -2.081809
DMS
49°14'18.5"N 2°04'54.5"W
UTM
30U 566837 5454371
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy waterproof boots as the path can be slippery and wet in parts.

Walking poles for stream crossing and muddy descents if the weather is wet.


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
213 m
Descent
214 m
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