THIS circular walk begins at Longbeach car park to take you on a time-travelling adventure through Jersey history with spectacular views, especially on a clear day.
Head first up the steps on the beach side to find the Grouville Millennium stone and admire the view. Initiated by the Société Jersiaise, the stones are a sort of modern megalithic network.
From the car park, head towards the historical blue house, this is the Pump House of the Jersey Eastern Railway. This and the Station House survive today as private residences.
Carefully cross the road, passing Grouville Common into the village. At the Costcutter shop, turn right, and then right into Old Road to admire the neat rows of tiny fishermen’s cottages. Look out for the sandstone plaque dated 1823 talking of forgiveness and vengeance.
Take the cut through on the left into New Road. At the end, turn right to take the road by the Old Bank House Hotel (on your right).
Bear right past Gouray Cottage. Look out for the worn plaque of Caen stone depicting the arms of William III. A little further along is Gouray Lodge the former home of Sir Tomkyns Hilgrove Turner (Lieutenant-Governor from 1814-16), a man famous for delivering the Rosetta Stone from Egypt to the British Museum.
Passing the footpath leading to Gouray Church, follow the road up to join Gorey Hill. Carefully cross the road. A short distance down the hill, on your left, is a light green house named Bay View. Climb the granite steps to the footpath high above the sloping côtils. (If you would prefer to bypass these, head further down the hill, bear left at the fork in the road, and take the steep footpath on your left just by the Crab Shack restaurant.)
At the top of Mont de la Guerande turn left and then right to follow the signs to the dolmen at Faldouet. The site itself is signposted La Pouquelaye de Faldouet. Take a moment to soak up the atmosphere and beauty of a 6,000-year-old Neolithic passage grave.
Returning the way you came, take the ‘private road’ on your left (just by the Dolmen / Anne Port sign), where you will pass Old Cadet House, once a Royal Naval training school, the gates of which bear two marvellous cannon sculptures.
Keep going until you reach the headland of Mont St Nicholas and the Martello Tower. Built in 1837, Victoria Tower is the only tower in the Island to have a moat. Pause for a great photographic opportunity and, if you have time, explore the small piece of headland.
Retrace your steps, turn left past Pilot House to follow the footpath alongside the côtils heading down to the castle. Look out for lizards basking on the south-facing walls. Cross the road to the castle grounds and take the footpath (La P’tite Ruelle Muchie) down to the harbour to soak up the atmosphere of an ancient port, once the home of several shipyards.
Head back to Longbeach car park along the wonderful promenade, the legacy of the old Jersey Eastern Railway, which ran from 1891 to 1929. Look out for the memorial which resembles the keel of a ship, and includes the names of some of the larger vessels built in the Gorey shipyards between 1820 and 1885.
Time: 90 to 120 minutes.
Distance: Approximately 2 miles.
Hills and steps: Yes.
Refreshments and toilet facilities can be found at Gorey Harbour and at Longbeach.
How long have you been a Blue Badge Guide?
Since July 2015.
What’s your area of expertise?
I have a love of history, and especially historical buildings. This, combined with a love of my Island home and a gift for story-telling (in English or French), I hope provides for an entertaining and enlightening tour.
Favourite view in Jersey?
The view from Victoria Tower, across to Archirondel and St Catherine’s Breakwater, taking in the Ecréhous, and Carteret in the distance. This gives you a real flavour of Jersey, with a couple of historical landmarks thrown in.
Green Island. It is close to home, and where I retreat to with a mug of coffee after a difficult day.
Where do you go to relax?
A peaceful hidden beach cove between Green Island and Le Hocq, to enjoy tranquillity and dramatic scenery.
Favourite fascinating fact?
The high-quality pink granite from Jersey’s La Rosière Quarry at Corbière was used in the construction of the Victoria Embankment in London in the 1860s.