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The coastal footpath that winds its way along Guernsey’s rugged south coast offers fantastic views and some bracing walking over the winter months. Whilst there are plentiful opportunities for circular walks that loop back inland and follow the lanes back to your starting point, this latest walk in our series is a point-to-point that allows you to take in more of the coast path in a single day. Whilst it’s possible to then walk from the finishing point up to the main road at Rue des Landes and catch an eastbound bus back to St Martins and the Bella Luce, we would suggest enjoying a bite to eat or a drink with our friends at Le Gouffre Café and Restaurant at the end of the route, and letting us collect you in the hotel car.
As you leave the Bella Luce, speak to a member of our reception team to let them know that you are walking to Le Gouffre and would like a car to collect you at the end of your walk to bring you back to the hotel. Turn left out of our driveway onto La Fosse de Bas and follow the road downhill, all the way to the small car park above Moulin Huet. From here, you can either take the path to the right that heads westwards onto the coast path, or continue on down the hill to the tea rooms and then turn right at the Renoir sign and climb the steps up to the coast path signposted Saints Bay – Icart Point. Follow the coast path in a south and southwesterly direction towards Saints Bay, and then when you round the corner above Saints Bay descend the new steps to the left down toward the historic loophole tower, kiosk and public toilets. From Saints Bay you have two choices: taking the new path up to the harbour road and following that to the end before climbing the steps (over 300 of them!) to the top of the headland, or heading up the lane from the kiosk a short way to find the path that doubles back and takes a flatter route to meet the coast path and the top of the steps from the first route option. Follow the coast path along the top of the cliff until you round Icart Point and La Moye Point, which is roughly the end point of this walk, comes into view across Petit Bot Bay. Continue past Icart Point car park and the facilities here, and head west along the coast path past the turning down to La Jaonnet Bay. After crossing a small valley the path bends inland and meets the lane that heads down to Petit Bot Bay, where there is a beach, loophole tower (open to visitors between March and October) and seasonal tearooms and public toilets.
From the road near the tearoom there is a set of concrete steps ascending the western side of the bay; there are several detours along this short section, one to the site of the former St Clair Battery and the other down to Portelet Bay, but the main coast path continues south before bearing west and following a farm track. The path turns left off this track to cross a wooded valley and then head south again towards La Moye Point, giving you a great view of the small fisherman’s hut and almost vertical boat ramp on the lee side of the point.
The path follows the cliff top around and zig-zags down towards a junction by a low wall where you can walk down to explore the fisherman’s landing, or turn right onto a wide path that slopes gently up to the valley and the café and restaurant at Le Gouffre. Take a seat here and give us a call before enjoying something to eat and drink whilst you wait for the hotel car to collect you and bring you back to the Bella Luce.