WE often describe Jersey geology as mainly granite. Well, that is not in fact true. Our colourful underlying stone mass is made up of several types, ranging from 600-million-year-old shale to the more recent (20 million years younger) layer of conglomerate – pudding stone.
This river-bed came originally from the Syrian desert and now lies along one of my favourite walks, in the Rozel area.
Arch Hiron Delle has another type of rock formation, called rhyolite, which we will see at the end of this fabulous and diverse walk.
Let’s start with a cup of tea at The Hungry Man, overlooking the old oyster fishing harbour, with spectacular views on the horizon of France and the Ecréhous. It’s just 20 kilometres away, and only 8,000 years ago we could have walked it. Shame that the tide is now covering the lowlands of wild grasses. It would make a brilliant day’s walk!
For now, though, walk back along the harbour until you reach the road. Turn left, walk through the village, and keep on the main road and up the steep hill. Take the first left (opposite Le Saie House), which is marked for the footpath to Le Scez.
Follow the path and you will find Le Dolmen du Couperon on your left, before you rejoin the road to the right. Stay on the road until you reach a Give Way sign. Turn left down Rue de la Perruque to Fliquet. It is always here that I get to see and smell the deep scarlet old English roses in a garden so early each year.
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, passing an area that produces some of the earliest Jersey Royals, as these côtils catch the warm later winter sun. Keeping the sea on your left, follow the road and just past the end of the one-way loop look out for a footpath leading down off the road on the left. The track ends at the slipway.
Nature of walk: A linear 2.5 hours duration one-way
Amenities: Parking, refreshments
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A BLUE BADGE GUIDE?
I graduated with the first group in 1997.
WHAT’S YOUR AREA OF EXPERTISE?
These days I devote my knowledge to co-ordinating the training courses and programmes to advance the quality of standards to those who wish to become accredited guides and hosts in our tourism industry.
WHY DO YOU DO IT?
I have developed a phrase over 23 years: ‘Jersey is the centre of the universe! Life is for sharing.’
YOUR FAVOURITE VIEW IN JERSEY?
Looking across the panoramic view of St Aubin’s Bay from a steep footpath (La Ruette à la Vioge) at the top of Mont des Grupieaux.
YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE?
The slipway at the base of Rue du Grouet, as the road heads towards Petit Port after coming down from the ice-cream van at Corbière. Views across the whole of St Ouen’s Bay.
WHERE DO YOU GO TO RELAX?
Sitting outside El Tico, with not too many people nearby, with the views of La Rocco Tower, and La Phare in the distance, with a glass of shiraz.
FAVOURITE FASCINATING FACT?
That Jersey is only 8,000 years old and that 20-40 million years back this piece of land mass was in the region where the Syrian desert is now.