Jersey

10 07 2016

You would expect that a four week summer vacation would be ideal for geocaching but in my case it seems that life gets in the way. After a great week on Iceland I had about ten days at home and only had an hour to hunt for caches. It was on the spur of the moment so that was without my GPS, just my iPhone 4S (I’m too cheap to upgrade) and the official geocaching app, which is nothing great. As usual too much “lull lull” and eye candy for the masses. I hope it improves. What I was able to do in that hour was to find the first six caches in the new KBT trail in Gävle. Apart from that I haven’t done any geocaching at home.

Then came another trip away from home and the opportunity to add a new geocaching country to my list! I had heard that the channel islands were a nice holiday destination so we decided to visit Jersey, Guernsey and England in one trip. It’s not cheap in the summer as it is a holiday destination for many and there are so many local transports involved. There isn’t a cheap charter option from Sweden that I know of.

We flew from Arlanda to London Gatwick on Norwegian keeping our fingers crossed that there wouldn’t be a cancellation. Everything worked well and the flight was on time. We had a few hours to kill at Gatwick but as we had to pick up our luggage, transfer from the one terminal to the other, check in with British Airways and eat lunch the time was filled with activity. Arriving at Jersey aiport was in diametric contrast to Gatwick. It’s a minute airport! We grabbed the bus into St Helier and made our way up to the hotel where we were pleasantly surprised to find that we had been upgraded to a suite. Way to go!

We were also relieved to find dry sunny weather, which we were worried about as it had rained there every day in the week up to our departure from Sweden. After spending an afternoon sightseeing in the rather compact town of St Helier (pop 28,310) and not coming across a single cache in the city centre that wasn’t a multi with a GZ way off the starting point we called it a day then the next after a hearty breakfast we decided to walk to Le Hocq

Looking towards Jersey Tides earthcache

Looking towards Jersey Tides earthcache

This is a walk of about 4 km and gave us the cache to find find a couple of traditionals and an earthcache at Green Island – Jersey Tides -on the way.

Low tide from "Green Island"

Low tide from “Green Island”

At Le Hocq there is one of the thirty plus towers built towards the end of the 1800’s to warn of impending attacks from the French. This one in Le Hocq is on the reverse of Jersey’s £1 notes. Yes, they have their own currency even though UK pounds are valid there but not the reverse even though they are on parity from a monetary value point of view.

One of the thirty odd watchtowers from the late 1800's

One of the thirty odd watchtowers from the late 1800’s

One good thing about Jersy is that you can get a day pass on the buses for £7.50 and a trip around the island only takes a couple of hours. We used it to get to St Aubin which is a small village with a picturesque harbour.

St Aubin harbour

St Aubin harbour

View south from St Aubin

View south from St Aubin

From St Aubin, we jumped back on the bus and continued on to Corbière Lighthouse, where I found Corbière Lighthouse Viewpoint. The earthcache La Corbière was not accessible due to high tides. The height difference between low and high tide is over 9 m making it the second greatest in the world. There is an unbelievable focus on the German occupation of the island during the second world war that I found to be rather excessive. There are still bunkers all over the place and many are now tourist traps. The place would look a lot better if most of the concrete blocks dotted around the island were removed.

One of many types of WWII fortifications on the island

One of many types of WWII fortifications on the island

A cache find at Corbière

A cache find at Corbière

One of the local inhabitants at Corbière

One of the local inhabitants at Corbière

La Corbière Lighthouse with the tidal causeway just visible

La Corbière Lighthouse with the tidal causeway just visible

From here we continued on north to the small harbour at Greve de Lecq where we found Greve de Lecq Tower. The bus then headed back to St Helier where we jumped off then got on a bus to St Catherine on the east coast. We stopped for afternoon tea in Gorey which is another picturesque harbour at the foot of the impressive Mont Orgeuil Castle. A short walk to a secluded beach lead us to Petit Paw a letterbox hybrid.

Petit Paw letterbox hybrid

Petit Paw letterbox hybrid

As our short stay was not focussed on geocaching except to be able to tick off a new geocaching country making this number forty three, we only found nine caches, but enjoyed a relaxing stay on the island. From Jersey we took the ferry to the smaller island of Guernsey which has quite a different character.

Leaving St Helier with Elizabeth castle in the background

Leaving St Helier with Elizabeth castle in the background

Food for thought?

Food for thought?

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19 07 2016
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[…] ferry journey from St Helier, Jersey to St Peter Port on Guernsey only took an hour but it was enough time to enjoy a quick lunch […]

9 08 2016
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[…] KBT (Kungsbäck Trail is my guess) were just about the only caches I found before we left for Jersey. In the beginning there were just a handful of caches on the trail but it has successively been […]




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