Tip van de auteur
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 en hints
Food and Drink
The Devils Hole pub does good food, it makes a convenient stop off after the Devils Hole geological feature, otherwise, you can pick up lunch from the hotel. There is nowhere for food in Bouley Bay.
Points of Interest
The Devils Hole
The Devil’s Hole is a natural crater in the solid cliff measuring about 100ft across and plunging 200ft down. It has been caused by the sea gradually eroding the roof of what was once a cave, until it collapsed and formed a crater.
The name ‘Devil’s Hole’ is a dramatic one but was only invented in the 19th century. Formerly it was called ‘Le Creux de Vis’ or Spiral Cave. One possible derivation for its modern name is connected with the shipwreck of a French boat in 1851. Its figurehead was thrust by the tide straight into the hole and a local sculptor transformed the torso into a wooden devil, complete with horns. Today this devil’s metal replica stands in a pool on the way down to the crater, lending a peculiarly supernatural atmosphere to the winding path down to the Devil’s Hole itself.
The Ecrehous is a small group of islands and rocks situated 6 miles from Jersey (8 miles from France). Although close to France the islands are part of Jersey. On a typical trip passengers will cruise around the reef spotting the birdlife, seals and if you are lucky, dolphins. On the high tide, the old fishermen's huts feel isolated and vulnerable to the sea, whilst on the low tide, the landscape changes to become moonlike and reveals sandbanks and rock pools to explore. The area is perfect for paddle-boarding, swimming and picnics.
The bay is in some ways the ideal spot for a harbour. There is safe, deep anchorage with at least six fathoms of water close to the shore. It was already called a port in the Extente of 1274. It was called Portus de Boley, the Port of Bouley. Dumaresq wrote in 1685: "Here has been a design to build a mole, which might be made to secure great ships from all winds or weathers, the materials being at hand." But the steepness of the hills would have made it difficult to transport the cargoes, nor could a town of any size have been built on them.
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.