Melanie Grandidge November 24 2022

Experience some of the best scenery that the Channel Islands has to offer on the breathtaking Guernsey Coastal Path.

This magical long-distance walk guides walkers around the circumference of the island – passing soaring cliffs, rocky headlands, expansive sandy beaches, and a gorgeous turquoise ocean. Dotted along the shoreline are picturesque fishing villages with charming places to stay, eat and drink.


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How long is the Guernsey Coastal Path?

As a circular route, the Guernsey Coastal Path runs for 39 miles (63 km) around the island – starting and finishing in the capital of St Peter Port.

The itinerary on our website covers the entire route over 4 days / 6 nights, with an average of 10 miles of walking per day. This includes an additional night in St Peter Port at the end of your walking holiday which allows you to explore Herm or Sark on your free day.


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How difficult is the Guernsey Coastal Path?

We grade the Guernsey Coastal Path as being of moderate difficulty. It is one of our shorter long-distance trails but it is not extensively way-marked, meaning it is a bit more difficult to navigate. Despite this, this walk is almost entirely coastal so you can use the shoreline as your guide. In addition, if you book with Absolute Escapes, we will provide you with detailed route notes and an up-to-date guidebook in your information pack.

The route is made up of a combination of busy and quiet roads on both tracks and paths. You will walk along clifftops, through urban areas, sand dunes, and woods. You can also walk on the beach occasionally if you so choose, but make sure you check the tide times.


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What are the highlights of the Guernsey Coastal Path?

Guernsey is steeped in history – there are castles, churches, ancient monuments, and fortifications that now make great attractions. There are 15 loophole towers that were originally built to protect the island from invasion in the 18th century. Many of the loophole towers have been renovated to give them a new modern use.

Between mid-March and July, you can witness a colony of puffins and take a boat trip where they will gather on the cliffs. You may also discover some seals lazing on the rocks whilst you’re out!

Any time of year, you can spot one of Guernsey’s iconic reddish-brown and white cows grazing around the island’s rural areas. The island also has a rich birdlife so make sure to bring your binoculars!

With the island surrounded by crystal clear waters, who could resist going in for a swim or paddle? Make sure to check out the beautiful waters and sandy beaches of Cobo Bay, Vazon Bay, and Pembroke Bay. The beautiful beaches and mild weather make for some beautiful golden sunsets.


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When is the best time to walk the Guernsey Coastal Path?

We have availability for the Guernsey Coastal Path for any start date anytime from March to October

From June to October, the temperature will be pleasant and the rainfall limited. Guernsey is likely to be at its busiest in August, so avoid peak summer if you are looking for more peace and quiet on your walk.


Tips from our team

Sheila: “Enjoy an extra day to visit the nearby island of Sark, the second smallest of the Channel Islands and home to unspoiled beaches and spectacular scenery. With no cars on Sark, step back in time and take a horse-drawn carriage along the island’s charming roads.”

Andy: “The Guernsey Coastal Path is actually part of the Channel Islands Way, a 110-mile multi-island hiking trail following the coastlines of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Herm, and Sark.”

Scott – “My favourite bay is Petit Bot Bay – one of Guernsey’s stunning, hidden beaches. Enjoy a swim in the sea after your walk and refreshments at Petit Bot Tea Room.”


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Discover the Guernsey Coastal Path with Absolute Escapes

If you’re interested in experiencing some of the best scenery that the Channel Islands has to offer on the breathtaking Guernsey Coastal Path, we offer award-winning self-guided walking holidays on the trail.

You can read more about the Guernsey Coastal Path on our website. Alternatively, get in touch with our expert team who will be delighted to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

Melanie Grandidge

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