Today’s walk is focused in the parish of Grouville, where much of Jersey’s home-grown food is produced. A short bus journey from the centre of St Helier offers good sea views along the coastal route. On disembarking at La Rocque Harbour you turn inland along Jersey Green Lanes, past market gardens & scattered country housing. On reaching the seaside village of Fauvic the route follows the seawall parallel to the Royal Jersey Golf Course. Before the castle of Le Mont Orgueil ( a short de-tour off the route if you wish to visit), you turn inland to the village of Gouray, climbing up to a low ridge before descending to the Queens Valley Reservoir & then back to La Rocque.
The No 1 bus will take you from St Helier to La Rocque. This is a regular service and takes approx 20 minutes. You can view timetables here - https://libertybus.je/routes_times/http://libertybus.je/routes_times/timetables#.XVHYfehKjIU
Safety informationToday you will be passing through a golf course. Whilst it is common ground, please be careful as you walk across the links and ensure that no golfers are about to take a shot, and ensure you walk along the seawall, skirting the edge of the golf course.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Le Mont Orgueil
An excellent example of a medieval castle which has cast its shadow over the village of Gorey for over 800 years and witness to some of Jersey's key events which have shaped Jersey's history. The castle is just a short de-tour off the route as you head inland to Gorey village before reaching the castle which lies at the far end of Grouville Beach/Long Bay and next to the pier.
More information available here: https://www.jerseyheritage.org/places-to-visit/mont-orgueil-castle
The Harry Vardon Statue
This statue at the edge of the Royal Jersey Golf Course celebrates the achievements of the World's most successful golfer. The Jersey man from Grouville won six Open Championships, a record that still stands today.
La Rocque Harbour
La Rocque was the sight of the landing of French forces in 1781 during the Battle of Jersey in the Anglo-French War.
Food & Drink
There are a couple of pubs enroute today in Fauvic and in Gorey village. A seasonal beach cafe also operates at Grouville Bay/Long Beach. Alternatively, there are plenty of shops in St Helier where you can stock up on picnic provisions to take with you on the walk.
No specialist equipment is required although hiking boots or shoes would be preferable and make sure you bring clothhing for warm and cold weather, along with your waterproofs.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.