We’d had a last minute idea to go away over the late May bank holiday but couldn’t decide where. We looked at Cornwall, South Wales, maybe Bath, but plumped for Guernsey, due to having family over there and it was somewhere different. It was also pretty easy to get to, with a 25 minute flight from Exeter. The island is a bit of a mix of Cornwall, with some rocky rugged beaches, villages and towns by the sea and northern France, especially the roads, houses and plenty of coffee outdoors. The buses, despite it being bank holiday weekend were pretty good and get you around the island to the sights. And there is a fair bit to see with St Peter’s Port, Castle Cornet, Pembroke Bay and The Little Chapel all on our itinerary. There’s plenty of history here with this being the place that during the war, was under German occupation and the island is full of relics from that war. It was a lovely little break and somewhere that I could go back to as it is very relaxed.
On arrival at Cobo beach, our hotel was left to my left here, it was a bit dull. But the place is famed for its sunsets, and when the sun is out its a great place to be
We took a bus across the island to St Peter Port to look for somewhere for tea. To work up an appetite we took a walk out to Castle Cornet, there was a cruise liner which was just leaving as we walked. As you can see the weather this side (about 3 or 4 miles across) was lovely.
The breakwater past Castle Cornet. That is Herm over there, and a faint hazy part of Sark in the distance to the right
Looking back to Castle Cornet
St Peter’s Port
By the time we headed back to Cobo, the sun was out, so we jumped off the bus a stop or two early at Grandes Rocques and wandered back along the beach. Would the sunset happen tonight? The photo is looking across to Cobo and the area around our hotel.
And back now to the fort at Grandes Rocques
This is as good as the sunset got. I ran back in for my good camera, only to come out 15 minutes later to fog. I couldn’t see the sand nevermind the sunset. Another day maybe!!
Next day and we are back in St Peter Port. This church is very prominent near to the main bus terminal
The main reason to go to St Peter Port was to go here. The Little Chapel, yours truly sat outside one of the smallest chapels in the world. Its beautifully decorated inside and out. It fits about 4 people standing in it, and it goes underground a bit as well.
Inside the Little Chapel
These lads were outside. Now these are Guernsey’s. Don’t under any circumstances say these are Jersey’s, you will be lynched.
L’Ancresse golf course and one of the Martello towers all around Guernsey, you can see more in the distance. We would come back to L’Ancresse and Pembroke Bay another day
On arrival back at our hotel there was a Balcony gig with an Ed Sheeran tribute act on. He was pretty good, but I wasn’t fussed so headed inside to the bar.
Now, then this was the bank holiday Monday and the Cobo sand lights up with the sunshine and the water looks stunning
The other way to Grandes Rocques
A quick bus ride to Pembroke Bay for more of the same, less rocky here and one of the best beaches I’ve seen
Glorious. Probably my favourite spot on the island
Martello Tower number 9
Now back at Cobo, same day and fingers crossed for the sunset which looks good so far,.
Hmmm, cloud building again!
As good as it got, the sun drops behind the cloud and my last chance for the sunset is gone.
Our last day and more stunning weather in St Peter Port
Like Edinburgh there is a daily gun here, only at midday rather than 1pm. You can see the fella in red who has just fired and a bit of smoke floating away.
Oh and I nearly forgot. 6 times and the best night I’ve had in a long time watching this lot pick up the European Cup