If you enjoy walking or you want to step up your level of activity, signing up for a self-guided walking trip is an excellent choice for a holiday-goer to pursue. Walking tour companies often offer excursions in the Channel Islands, an archipelago located in the English Channel just off the coast of Normandy. The islands are divided into the bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey, both of which are designated as British Crown Dependencies. The Bailiwick of Guernsey includes the isles of Sark, Alderney and Herm.
The islands represented in this group are not part of the European Union or the UK. Instead, they are possessions belonging to the British Crown that have independent administrations. All the people living on the islands are British citizens. The main industries are tourism and financial services. Tourists are more than welcome to visit this part of the world.
A Channel Island Holiday
When you go on a walking holiday to the Channel Islands, the adventure normally lasts about seven days. Visitors to the islands are able to experience beautiful scenery, flora and fauna up-close, and can choose to go solo or with a partner in tow. An itinerary for Brittany, Jersey and Normandy enables guests to visit France as well as Channel Island scenery.
One of the self-guided walking holidays from Hooked on Walking might begin at the small village of Pontorson, which is situated on the border between Brittany and Normandy and is approximately nine km from Mont Saint-Michel Bay. Beginning walks usually are shorter (about 12 km or 7.5 miles) and last about three or four hours. On the first day of this excursion, you may start out walking along the river of Cousnon toward the village of Mont Saint-Michel. Walkers are able to pass a number of quaint villages and possibly visit a mill.
After walking in Normandy, walkers often cross marshes and head toward Bretagne, or Brittany. In the spring, visitors are able to experience a green landscape, which is dotted with grazing cattle and pretty little homes. This walk is longer (about eight miles or 13 km) and goes through such villages as Sainte-Broladre and Roz-sur-Couesnon.
By the middle of the week, walkers are trekking as far as 15 to 20 km or about 10 miles at a time and doing so in about five hours overall. A walk to Cancale supplies the tourists with a beautiful view across the bay. Cancale, itself, enjoys a reputation of being an oyster capital. Locals boast that the oysters are the freshest available.
By day five of such a walk, you are journeying along the coast, seeing such fauna as dolphins and seals. A ferry picks up trekkers, transporting them to their next destination, St. Helier, the capital of Jersey. Usually, this kind of trip includes seven nights of bed-and-breakfast accommodations in two or three-star properties, as well as two dinners and a transfer of luggage. Ferry transportation is included as well. Extras include such amenities as single rooms, travel insurance, or transport before or after the conclusion of the walking trip.