Guernsey is a relatively small island criss-crossed by a network of beautiful and bucolic country lanes – locals here frequently say that nothing is more than fifteen minutes away, and that phrase often rings true. Many of the island’s lanes are designated Ruettes Tranquilles; roads with a speed limit of 15mph where pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders have priority and which are perfect for exploring Guernsey at your own pace.
One Ruette Tranquille, La Fosse de Bas, starts right outside the Bella Luce’s front door and heads down to Moulin Huet Bay, whilst many more weave across the interior of the island winding between fields, woodland and the glasshouses where tomatoes and other fresh produce used to be grown for export. Whilst wandering the lanes on foot is lovely, renting bicycles and rolling around on two wheels is a wonderful way of seeing more of the island and allows you to explore further afield. The west and north coasts offer flatter terrain, whilst the south of Guernsey provides more of a challenge and requires a geared bicycle for some of the lanes that dip down into – and then climb up out of - some of the valleys or the road that heads up the hill heading south out of St Peter Port. Along the Ruettes Tranquils you’ll pass numerous “hedge veg” stalls where locals sell fresh produce from their gardens or smallholdings using an honesty box system, and get to see a side of Guernsey that many visitors miss when driving the main roads, with parish churches, wooded valleys and plenty of points of local historic interest to pause and enjoy along the way.
Visit Guernsey have published a booklet of eleven cycling routes around the island (ten of which are circular) which utilise the Ruettes Tranquilles and dedicated bike lanes on some of the coast roads, and which take in a number of Guernsey’s best beaches and points of interest. You can download the Guernsey cycling guide here or pick up a printed copy from hotel reception or the Guernsey Information Centre in Peter Port.
There are several bike hire businesses that rent out a variety of bikes to suit different needs (from mountain bikes and hybrids through to electric bikes) and who will deliver bikes anywhere on the island and provide a breakdown service. Please ask at reception if you are interested in hiring bikes, and we will happily organise everything for you.