Through The Viewfinder and What Alice Found There
Our last day in Jersey was spent exploring the East and South East coastlines, making sure we covered all areas of the island before leaving. We checked out of the Shepherd’s Hut early in the morning and had until about 3pm before we needed to be at the airport so off we headed for one last mini road trip to fit in as much as possible on the last day. The first stop was Greve de Lecq beach (on the North coast) where we had breakfast on our first day. We wanted to see the beach at low tide so had a short wander down to the seafront, where we spotted some cute little baskets of apples for sale by the side of the road! The beach was beautiful with the sun shining down and perfect blue skies overhead – I really wanted to get in the sea but didn’t want to have wet stuff in my suitcase for the flight home, so I resisted! After watching the waves slowly roll in and out for a while we soon moved on and headed to the as yet unexplored East coast.
Our first stop on this side of the island was the seaside town of Gorey. There was plenty of parking down by the promenade so we left the car and went for a walk in the sunshine. The promenade was lovely with palm trees and bright flowers lining the paths giving it quite an exotic feel. The buildings were very beautiful and looked like French villas perched up on the cliffs looking out over the harbour.
Our walk took us toward Mont Orgueil Castle, which we didn’t go inside but it looked quite spectacular from the outside, acting like a watchmen looking out over the bay and protecting the town. We enjoyed a leisurely walk along the coastline, watching a group of paragliders over the bay (I was secretly wishing I was up there with them) and eventually finding ourselves on the beach. The beach was lovely with soft golden sand but was fairly quiet for a Saturday. After taking in the views we left the beach and headed further inland to see a bit more of Gorey. I’m not sure if Gorey is just a really small place or if we didn’t actually end up in the main part of the town but it seemed very quiet but lovely and peaceful. We discovered little narrow, winding streets dotted with beautiful buildings and a few cute cafes – we even found a cottage called Kendall Cottage! By this point in the day the sun was getting really hot, especially as we were further from the coast and the sea breeze wasn’t reaching us, so we made our way back to the car to carry on the road trip in the hope of finding somewhere a bit cooler to walk around.
We ended up in a place called La Rocque Harbour, right on the very South Eastern tip of the island. We sat and watched the tide going out (which seems to happen very fast in Jersey!) then walked a bit further along the large pier, where we crossed over a wall and discovered a beautiful hidden beach called Robin’s Bay. The sand was so soft and golden, with huge black rocks abandoned here and there. As the tide had just recently gone out there were hundred and hundred of shells washed up and loads of rock pools created by the passing tide. I have loved shells since a very young age, always collecting the most unusual ones from holidays around the world. I just think they are so beautiful and delicate and seeing so many on one beach was like heaven! We spent a good hour or so beach-combing, searching for hidden treasure and looking out for wildlife in the rock pools. I found some gorgeous shells and loads of bits and pieces of crabs (mainly different sized claws) but it wasn’t for some time before we saw our first whole crab. Unfortunately the crab wasn’t alive, but it was amazing to see as it was perfectly whole and quite big! After that we started to spot them everywhere, and even saw two small live ones scurrying along!
When we both started to feel hungry we left the secret bay and headed back along the pier where a small takeaway van was parked, cleverly called Hard Rocque Cafe (because we were in La Rocque Harbour)! We grabbed a bite to eat and had a sit down (the food was really good, I had the chicken burger and chips) then headed back to the secret beach for another spot of beach-combing before eventually heading back to the car. There was one more stop I wanted to make before going to the airport which was Bouley Bay, back up on the North coast. We visited Bouley Bay on day one in Jersey where we had our first Jersey ice cream and bought the giant scallop shells from a tub on the beach. However, I wanted to return not just to see the beach one last time but so I could get a photo of the huge scallop shells which I didn’t do last time! Luckily Bouley Bay wasn’t too far from us (nowhere is too far away in Jersey) so we had another lovely walk along yet another beach, making the most of the sunshine and taking photos of the shells. I could have stood there all day looking out over the sea, watching people dare each other to go in the chilly sea and basking in the gorgeous weather, but sadly all good things must come to an end and we very reluctantly headed back to the car one final time to make the journey back to the airport.
Overall both myself and Greg had a great time in Jersey. I have to admit it’s not somewhere I would usually think of going for a trip abroad but with sunshine, beautiful beaches, fantastic food, and loads of history and culture it makes a great holiday destination and it’s not at all far from home! The Channel Islands is somewhere I would love to visit again to explore some of the other islands and see what each one has to offer. So if you’re looking for a short break that’s affordable and sunny but not in a tacky holiday resort then Jersey might just be what you’re looking for!
Landscape & travel photographer from Cumbria, UK.