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Guernsey Day 4 – Sunrise, Clifftop Trek and Foraging

On Day 2 I sat and enjoyed the Sunset on Guernsey at Cobo Bay. Today I thought it would be nice to see the sunrise. Great being on an island that you could actually see both in a day, or even walk to each of them the same day too 🙂

This morning I was not to be disappointed at all for getting up early.

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After the sunrise and into the day with a hike across the southern coast cliff path. Paradise for me. Miles of perfectly kept pathways, views around each corner and the turquoise sea hitting the rocks below me. Miles and miles of tranquility.

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Its not all just sea and rocks around this part of the island, the flowers and butterflies light your pathway all along bringing even more colour to the proceedings.

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One thing I have not mentioned yet and will do in more detail in a future blog is the various ways and sights that remind you of the German occupation of the island. Bunkers, watch towers and trenches are to be found all around the coast, looking out as they did in the 40s. In fact, Guernsey has so much to show and to teach from the occupation that I will blog seperately in future days about this.

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For the last part of the walk as I turned North off the cliffs to head up the west coast I was met by Jamie Hooper, of Environment Guernsey. After just only a short time of speaking to him you got a real feel of how the conservation of the island and the pathways I enjoy and you would enjoy are kept. A lot of effort, pride and care goes into keeping the natural state as well as making it accessable to nature and hiking lovers.

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Then to greet me at the end of the walk was Tara and D’arcy of Wild Guernsey. What they are offering is unique and remarkable. How about a holiday that offers Wild Camping, living totally off the land around you with workshops and wild foraging. I saw what they are setting up and it is really unique and special, with great views around too. As an introduction I got to really know about the flowers around me and had a tasting session just by wandering around. They even showed me how to and had me doing, plucking Nettle leaves with my bare fingers and eating them, no stinging.

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Well, tomorrow is my last day, and before I depart I will be undertaking some coasteering! Yes, wetsuit on, in the sea I go and jumping off rocks and swimming around the coast, fun it will be.

Written by Paul Steele

Founder of BaldHiker.com and avid hiker, climber and trekker. Never liking to sit still and always seeking new adventures around the world. Sharing personal views here and tweeting live via @paul_steele

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  1. Paul – these photos are stunning. You are really skilled at catching the right moment. The resulting images are so good they make me want to visit these places myself. Well done Mate, Mike.

  2. Gorgeous photos! We spent over a year in Jersey and never got round to crossing to Guernsey. I know locals will hate me for saying this, but Guernsey reminds me of Jersey. I miss that island so much! Do you have plans to hop over to Jersey? (or have you already been?)

  3. Thanks so much for the lovely comments.. Has been a most wonderful week, would go back anytime, still miles to do 🙂

  4. OMG!! I am in love with Guernsey! I just did an armchair tour of St. Peter Port (I am participating in A to Z Blogging this month and picked St. Peter Port for S! Learned a lot and had fun just sitting in my chair… and I told my DH we MUST go! So now, after reading your posts and seeing your pictures, I am more determined than ever to go! Thanks for some awesome photographs and descriptions!

  5. Your pictures and stories of your Guernsey stay are great! My husband and I (we're from Canada) are going to Guernsey in mid May, and you've given me sights and ideas of what to do while there. I have been there before, the last time was 3 years ago and only for 5 days. This time I'll be there for 11 days! My husband has never been there, bur your gorgeous photos have given him a sense of the island.
    My dad was born on Guernsey, and had to leave with his school during the occupation, so there are still some family ties (non-living unfortunately) on the island.
    I'm hoping the bluebell wood is still in bloom when I am there!

  6. Wow! Bless you for waking early to capture the sunrise for us bed-lollers 😉 This ruggedly beautiful coastline reminds me of the Big Sur, California coastal vistas. Thrilled for you! xo G

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