Guernsey is a fantastic destination for walkers. With around 39 miles of coastal path circling the island and scenery that ranges from the rugged cliffs on the south coast to the dune-backed beaches of the west coast, not to mention the beautiful countryside and winding lanes of the interior, there are routes to suit everybody. Being located just above Moulin Huet Bay the Bella makes a fantastic base for walking the coastal path, and there are numerous options for short circular walks that start and finish at the hotel. This first suggestion is a perfect weekend leg-stretcher, and ideal if you’re looking to work up a bit of an appetite for dinner or Sunday lunch when the days are a bit shorter and the weather not always so nice.
Leaving the front door of the Bella Luce, turn left out of our driveway onto La Fosse de Bas and follow the road downhill. At the crossroads with the (blue) postbox set into the wall, continue straight on, downhill past the former Guernsey Pottery on Rue du Moulin Huet. You will pass a small meadow on your left, before the trees cover the lane and you continue downhill towards Moulin Huet Bay. At the end of the lane there is a small car park with seasonal public toilets, and a paved path straight in front that continues downhill towards the sea. There is a junction when the coast path joins from the left, but continue straight ahead down the narrower path towards the tea rooms. Just path the tea rooms there is an area that has recently been cleared of invasive Japanese Knotweed and replanted with Hydrangeas, and an information board telling of Renoir’s paintings featuring Moulin Huet. At this sign there is a path to the right that crosses the stream and heads up some steps to meet the coast path heading west and signed Saints Bay – Icart Point. Turn left at both junctions as you ascend, and then when you reach the flat path set off along the cliff top in a south and southwesterly direction following the coast path towards Saints Bay. As you turn the corner into Saints Bay there are steps descending on the left (installed just this winter) that take you down towards the kiosk and public toilets at the back of the beach. There are plans to cut a path up to the historic loophole tower (one of 15 on the island, which pre-date the island’s three larger Martello towers) and the extension of Saints Bay Road that runs down to the small harbour, however at present if you’d like to walk to the harbour then you will need to head uphill a short way before doubling back on yourself along the Saints Bay Road. From the beach or the harbour, walk up the wooded road and past some houses and La Barbarie hotel on your left, before turning right onto La Motte. At the end of this road, on the corner of Les Douvres, you can either turn left and follow the road back to the Bella Luce, or you can take a slightly longer route back by taking the right turn. If you choose the latter then after the left bend continue straight and eventually follow the lane around to the left, which will bring you out at the small crossroads by the postbox just below the Bella Luce. Turn left here and you can follow the lane a short distance uphill retracing your earlier footsteps back to your start point. All that’s left now is to step through the doors of the Bella and take your coat off, find a seat next to the fire, and settle back with a drink.