A Day Walk on Sark

Guernsey is a paradise for walkers, and with some of our sister islands in the Bailiwick easily accessible by ferry it is possible to enjoy some amazing island walks on a day trip whilst staying in Guernsey.  Sark lies nine miles to the east of Guernsey, between Guernsey and Jersey, and the ferry ride takes just under an hour from St Peter Port.  Sark is a little over 2 square miles in area and is a car free island – the only traffic that you’ll encounter besides other walkers are cyclists, horse drawn carts, and tractors!  This makes it a great place to walk, and you can take in many of the island’s key sites and sights in a single, looping walk.

  • Start and Finish:   La Maseline Harbour (Ferry arrival and departure point)
  • Distance:               A little over 5 miles
  • Time:                      3 hours (approximately)
  • Terrain:                   Gravel lanes, paths and fields. Fairly steady but a few steep inclines.  

When you arrive at La Maseline Harbour, start walking up Harbour Hill and follow the sign post for the cliff walk on the right. Follow the steep path before arriving at the top, where you can appreciate views back over the harbour. After approximately 650 metres you will arrive at a metal gate, go through the gate and keep left, following the wooden fence to the end. Then turn right when the fence finishes and follow the path along. You will approach a wider roadway, and at the T-junction, turn right and keep walking until you arrive at another roadway. At this junction, keep walking straight ahead and take the right turn towards La Valette campsite. You can follow this road the whole way down until you reach the viewing point to look out towards Point Robert Lighthouse, built in 1912.

Overlooking Greve De La Ville, image courtesy of Sark Island.

Follow the path along the bottom hedge of La Valette campsite through two fields before arriving at a yellow bench. Go through the metal gate opposite the bench and follow the path along the wooded valley. You will reach a signpost, at which you turn left.

You will then approach a stone cottage, called La Ville Farm and continue on the path. After a short while you will come across a small roundabout, where you will turn left to follow the signs for the village. Follow this road, until the crossroads, where you can take another left towards the village.

La Ville Farm, image courtesy of Sark Island.

Following this road you will pass St Peter’s Church which is worth taking a look at, as it is a pretty little church which is very significant in Sark’s history. From the church, follow the road down and turn right past the visitor centre onto Mill Lane. At the end of the lane, you will reach a wider road, turn right and then take the next left, and continue on the path and you will arrive at the back of Petite Beauregard. Continue on the path ahead and turn right to the Pilcher monument.

Retrace your steps back to Petite Beauregard and bear right, heading south along the edge of the field until you reach a road. At the road, turn right and follow it along towards Little Sark. You will arrive at La Coupeé, the narrow causeway that connects Sark to Little Sark.

La Coupeé, image courtesy of Visit Guernsey

Turn around at La Coupeé and retrace your steps back uphill until you reach the right turn onto Dixcart Lane. You will pass Stocks Hotel on the left, where you could stop for a break and a Wheadon’s Gin and tonic to see you through to the end of your walk.  Turn left onto a footpath that leads to a narrow lane, then turn left at the end towards the village.

Stocks Hotel, Sark, image courtesy of Sark Island.

From the village centre, you can then just head back down Harbour Hill (which will take you around 20 minutes) before arriving at La Maseline Harbour and hopping on the boat back to Guernsey!

The ferry between St Peter Port and Sark runs every day and leaves roughly every two hours, with an adult day return costing £29.50 in peak season (1st March – 31st October).  For further details, including sailing times, low-season sailings details, and to book, visit Isle of Sark Shipping Company Ltd or ask at reception if you'd like assistance making a booking during your stay with us.

Written by:

Bella Luce