Meander through the lanes of St Martin

START at St Martin’s Parish Church. Spare some time to visit if you can – there are guides available inside.

Leave the churchyard and turn right past the shop. Turn right just before the Public Hall along Rue des Raisies (which becomes Rue du Puchot). Turn right at the T-junction with the main road (Rue du Hucquet), then right again at the next T-junction and continue along Rue des Alleurs.

Take the second turning on the left, just before the wall mailbox, Rue du Moulin, to pass Rozel Mill in the garden of the property on the left.

Walk down the steep hill (Vallée de Rozel) to pass the remarkable magnolia tree in the garden of Magnolia Cottage, and the Château La Chaire Hotel. The Rozel Bay pub may tempt some walkers, and a brief detour to view Rozel Harbour is recommended.

Return to the main road and turn left up the hill (Mont de Rozel), turn first left at the top of the hill, down Rue des Fontenelles, a path leading down to Le Scez harbour. Shortly before regaining the road, a path leads off to Le Couperon dolmen, a Neolithic gallery grave which is more than 6,000 years old.

Return to the road and walk uphill past Le Scez Harbour, believed to have been frequented by Viking visitors in the ninth century.

Continue up the steep hill and keep on this lane as far as the crossroads and turn left down Rue de la Perruque. There are views across to the Ecréhous reef and the French coast as the lane descends into Fliquet Bay. This is the closest point to the French coast, some 15 miles away, and on really clear days the fishing ports of Carteret and Portbail can clearly be seen.

At the bottom of the hill, just past the 18th-century round tower, there is access to the beach; it is possible to walk to the breakwater with care at low tide. Alternatively continue up Rue de Fliquet for about 200 metres, to fork left along a track through the woods. Turn left at the end and descend with care down the steep path.

The walk now takes you to St Catherine’s Breakwater, where the café provides an excellent excuse for a break.

Continue along the seafront, keeping the sea on the left. Look out for a footpath leading down off the road on the left, just past the end of the one-way section; the path leads close to the sea along the wall in places so take great care. The track ends at the slipway adjacent to a Jersey round tower.

From the lifeboat station, take the road again until you reach the crossroads. Turn right and then first left into St Catherine’s Woods. Continue along the path by the stream to the Y-junction (where there is a walled path to the right) and keep left, climbing up the hill, which emerges onto a lane, passing the air-traffic beacon on the left and St Martin’s Methodist Chapel.

Turn left at the main road, Grande Route de Rozel, towards the church and the Royal St Martin for some well-earned refreshment.

Information

Distance: About six miles.

The surface is mixed, mainly on road but the coastal path and woodland tracks can be muddy so appropriate footwear is recommended.

Refreshments and toilets at Rozel, St Catherine and at the end at the Royal St Martin.

Meet your Guide - Donna Le Marrec

Donna Le Marrec, National Trust for Jersey marketing and events manager

Favourite view in Jersey?
View of the other Channel Islands from Le Câtel Fort (Grève de Lecq)

Favourite beach?
Bel Val Cove

Favourite fascinating fact?
Jersey is only 13 miles from France. When I mention this to friends who live in the UK, this always seems to make them sit up and notice!

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