THIS walk, I think, is the most dramatic in the Island.
L’Etacq can be reached by bus. Starting outside Faulkner Fisheries, head north around a rather rugged coastline, passing the little cove of Le Pulec. After the curve, the road will ascend and you will notice a sign on your left that reads ‘cliff path to Grosnez’. Climb up the steep path and you will be rewarded with fantastic views over St Ouen’s Bay.
You will now enter a massive stretch of headland called Les Landes. The area is littered with German bunkers and guns including one that is opened to the public. Follow the main path along the edge of the headland. On a clear day you can see the other Channel Islands in the distance.
Another thing to notice on your right is a mini runway for model aeroplane enthusiasts. And more importantly on your left is a massive rocky outcrop. This Neolithic site of worship is called Le Pinacle. Flints, hammers, arrow, spearheads and Roman coins have been found here.
The path will soon drop into marshland where you will cross a raised wooden walkway. As the path rises, you will pass an observation tower on your left. Continue along the heather-covered headland which bursts with colour in the summer.
Soon you will reach the ruins of Grosnez Castle, with Grosnez Point just behind. The castle was built to provide refuge for farmers in the event of a French invasion. It is thought to have been destroyed in the 15th century.
There are some steps that go down to a small lighthouse. Underneath is a power cable that goes all the way to Guernsey.
Cross the gravel car park and continue along the headland beyond. As you go round, all the paths merge into one main cliffpath and Plémont Bay becomes clear in the distance. There are plenty of benches en route which you can use to take in the scenery. You can also see the coast of France.
Follow the path around the bay until it descends to a road. Turn left for Plémont Bay where you will find toilets and a café. When the tide is low, the bay reveals glorious white sand, and it’s a very popular beach for swimming and bathing. The bus stop is at the top of the hill.
Time: About 2 hours
Suitability: Apart from the initial steep climb, most of the walk is rather even. Includes a steep descent towards the end. Not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies.
Refreshments and toilets: Plémont Bay
Currently working on a Heritage and Culture Map guide book, which will be published later this year. The book has contributions from Julia Coutanche, Alan Ley and Jill Stevens.
What’s your area of expertise?
The guide book that I am working on covers a wide range of specialist subjects from the Neolithic to the German Occupation. I also had help from some fellow volunteers.
Favourite view in Jersey?
Rozel Bay from Saie Harbour. It is really peaceful and a great place to get away from it all.
Has to be Plémont as the water is crystal clear and perfect for swimming. I also like Bouley Bay and St Brelade for the same reason.
Favourite fascinating fact?
That actress Joan Crawford has family links to Jersey. Also the fact that Lawrence of Arabia lived in the Island for a short period of time as a child.