9. A bushcraft adventure
With Stephen Le Quesne, Wild Days – Saturday 13 May, 11:00 to 13:00
Leave behind the chaos of modern life as you step into a realm of wonder and tranquillity. Wander through the enchanting woods surrounding the Frances Le Sueur Centre, honing your forestry skills as you uncover the hidden gems that lie beneath the canopy.
From plant identification to wildlife spotting, our Forest School Walk, guided by Stephen, will ignite your curiosity and inspire a lifelong love for the great outdoors.
Duration: Allow 2 hours. Difficulty: Easy to Medium.
Meet at the Frances Le Sueur Centre, Five Mile Road, St Ouen. Bus 22. Please wear sensible footwear, such as trainers, as you’ll be walking over uneven paths. This is a family-friendly event, suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
10. Conservation in the cliffs
With Bob Tompkins, The National Trust for Jersey – Saturday 13 May, 14:00 to 17:00
Join Bob Tompkins from the National Trust, as he leads you on a journey along the dramatic coastline of Jersey’s north coast. This route goes from Grève de Lecq to Plémont and back, where you will encounter a fascinating array of birds, plants and animals that call this spectacular landscape home.
Bob will reveal the delicate balance of this ecosystem and the conservation projects under way to preserve it. You’ll have the opportunity to witness the nesting razorbills and guillemots, and maybe even spot a puffin.
Duration: Allow over 3 hours. Difficulty: Medium to Difficult.
Meet in the middle of the bay, in the middle carpark, at the Round Tower. Bus 9. This route follows rocky terrain which is steep in places. Wear sensible footwear, and bring binoculars if you have some. Regrettably no dogs allowed.
11. The silent threat in St Ouen’s Bay
With Isabelle Duggan, The Natural Environment Department – Wednesday 17 May, 14:00 to 16:00
Among its rich and diverse array of plant life in the ecosystem of St Ouen are the captivating purple dew plant, the hardy sour fig and the stunning burnt rose on the dunes… all invasive species.
Find out how these plants are spreading and the consequences this could have. Join our knowledgeable guide, Isabelle, in the beautful St Ouen’s Bay to learn about the fascinating traits and habits of ‘invasives’.
Duration: Around 2 hours. Difficulty: Medium.
Meet at the car park at Le Braye, St Ouen’s Bay, the Five Mile Road. Bus 22. Please wear sensible footwear, you’ll be walking over uneven paths.
12. Ecosystems of the east
With John Pinel, SustainablEco-Solutions – Saturday 20 May, 10:00 to 12:00
What exactly is the meaning of biodiversity and why does it matter? Join renowned naturalist John, who will guide you through the exquisite beauty of St Catherine’s Woods, the Island’s most ecologically significant woodland.
Along the way, you’ll gain an understanding of the importance of our biodiversity, the challenges our ecosystems face and the steps we can take to protect and preserve our special sites of interest.
Duration: 1.5 hours. Difficulty: Easy to Medium.
Start and finish at the car park at the base of the woods, Le Mazeline Reservoir. Bus 2. This route follows tracks that may be muddy. Please wear sensible footwear, such as trainers, as you’ll be walking over uneven and potentially wet paths.
13. A walk on the wild side
With Stephen Le Quesne, Wild Days – Saturday 20 May, 14:00 to 17:00
Unleash your spirit of adventure on a captivating walk along Jersey’s rugged north coast, guided by the seasoned explorer Stephen. Perfect for seasoned explorers and nature novices alike, this invigorating walk will not only provide a refreshing escape from daily life, but also inspire a lasting connection with the wonders of the natural world.
So lace up your hiking boots for an unforgettable experience that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and more in tune with the beauty that surrounds you.
Duration: Allow 2 hours. Difficulty: Medium to Difficult.
Meet in the car park on La Rue des Platons (overlooking Giffard Bay). Bus 4, the ‘Betchet es Cats W’ stop. This route follows a loop from Les Platons, and includes rocky terrain which is steep in palces… Wear sensible footwear. Start and finish at Les Platons. Children under eight years of age may be unsuited for the walk, due to the distance and time.
14. Paths of connection
With Adoni Mosquera-Valencia, Walking in Jersey – Sunday 21 May, 10:00 to 13:00 – Free to attend
From discovering new places, to learning more about the Island, forging friendships and find better ways to cope. The founder of local walking group, ‘Walking in Jersey – A way of discovering’ celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
Accompany Adoni on this jaunt around the north east, when she shares with us how she and her companions have found solace and joy in taking things step by step, literally.
Duration: 3 hours. Difficulty: Medium.
Starting from the bottom of Chateau La Chaire Hotel. Bus 3. This route follows rough paths, steep steps and muddy ground. Please wear sensible footwear, you’ll be walking over uneven paths.
15. Restoring nature’s balance
With Nicky Mansell, Jersey Uncovered – Tuesday 23 May, 14:00 to 16:00
Encounter the rejuvenating power of nature on this guided walk from The Frances Le Sueur Centre, the headquarters of the Jersey National Park. Once a refuge tip, this peaceful setting has been fully restored to its former glory, showcasing a thriving habitat.
From here, join your experienced guide, Nicky, through the serene wooded valley to Grantez, where you’ll be mesmerised by a neolithic landscape and the stunning views of St Ouen’s Bay.
Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours. Difficulty: Medium to Difficult.
Meet at the Frances Le Sueur Centre, Five Mile Road, St Ouen. Bus 22. Please wear sensible footwear, such as trainers, as you’ll be walking over uneven paths.
16. A brighter, more sustainable tomorrow
With Sheena Brockie, The Good Life Jersey – Thursday 25 May, 18:30 to 20:30 – Sustainable travel event
Traverse the breath-taking coastline from Plémont to Grève de Lecq while discovering how we can adapt to the impacts of climate change, live more responsibly and ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.
As you meander along the stunning coastal paths at dusk, Sheena will share her insights on the challenges and opportunities presented by climate change. You’ll come away from this walk armed with practical ideas and the motivation to make a difference. You’ll be well-equipped to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle.
Duration: Allow more than 2 hours. Difficulty: Medium.
Meet in the carpark on the headland above Plémont Café. Bus 8. This route follows rocky terrain which is steep in places. Wear sensible footwear and please consider travelling sustainably, either cycling or getting the bus.
17. Awaken your woodland spirit
With Amanda Bond, Wild Edgewalker – Sunday 28 May, 100:00 to 12:30 – Designed for families
Forest therapy is the quiet practice of being present, grounded in nature, noticing everything around you, which has been proven to destress and enhance health and wellbeing in numerous ways. It also reconnects and rekindles our relationship with nature.
Join this wander around the rocky landscape above Portelet and the Noirmont woodlands with forest therapy guide Amanda Bond and embark on a journey that will stir your soul and awaken your spirit.
Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours. Difficulty: Medium.
Start at Portelet Inn car park (front car park, at the bus stop). Bus 12A. Please wear sensible footwear, such as trainers, as you’ll be walking over uneven paths. This is a family-friendly event, suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
18. A meander through the past
With Juliette White, Jersey Heritage – Wednesday 31 May, 14:00 to 16:00
Jersey Heritage’s passionate guide, Juliette, weaves fascinating tales and intriguing anecdotes that bring the past to life, inviting you to explore the secrets of St Ouen’s Bay like never before.
You’ll be shown sacred sites of interest across the prehistoric landscape, through to fortifications and other sites of more modern-day times, while you enjoy truly magnificent views of the bay.
Duration: Allow 2 hours. Difficulty: Medium.
Starting and finishing opposite Staks, La Pulente. Bus 22. This route follows rough paths, steep steps and the beach, so please wear suitable footwear.