Super Cycling Routes
With its scenic variety of hills, valleys and rugged coastline, Jersey has long been one of Europe’s favoured cycling destinations for those in the know. In fact, because of the comparative lack of traffic and variety of landscape to enjoy, it’s known as a cyclist’s paradise. If you’re on holiday here, regardless of whether you’re a keen cyclist or not, it’s worth ditching the car and getting two wheels for a fresh perspective, and fresher air.
The Railway Route from St Aubin to La Moye
Cutting from east to west straight across the island, this route follows the line of the island’s first railway that was opened in 1870 and closed in 1936. It’s an historic cycle path to follow, and a picturesque one – so a sit-up-and-beg bike is recommended over a racer as there’s simply so much to see as you go along.
St Aubin’s Bay
With a lovely, clear cycle track all the way from St Helier to St Aubin, this route is relaxing and flat – and perfect for a sunny day as it’s quite exposed to the elements. For those who like to break things up a little, there are lots of bars and restaurants at either end – and plenty of cafés along the way. An easy route for children to enjoy.
Jersey’s Green Lanes
Spanning the island, these are 45 miles of lanes with a 15mph speed limit where cyclists (and hikers and horse riders) take precedence over motorists. The first lanes were introduced in St Peter and today it’s possible to snake and wind across the island at a very leisurely pace. Don’t worry about getting lost…not only is Jersey small but people are friendly and will help you with directions.
La Corbiere Lighthouse to Le Pulec
This lovely cycle ride goes from La Corbiere lighthouse in the west of Jersey, down to Le Pulec at the base of St Ouen’s Bay. There’s lots to enjoy on this scenic route including the view of the ocean as far as the eye can see, with nothing west of you until America. As you cycle along, you’ll pass old Jersey farmhouses and lots of antique forts. Interesting coastal features are the old Jersey trees that have grown at odd angles, bent by the prevailing wind. You’ll see La Rocco tower, one of Jersey’s most instantly recognisable landmarks, sitting out in the bay, where it’s been since 1796. Another well-known landmark is the White House (Le Don Hilton) St Ouen, which is an 18th century guard house and powder store. Today it’s owned by the National Trust that rents it out for stays, occasions and even weddings – although it’s pretty basic inside. Midway on your journey, stop off at El Tico – one of Jersey’s oldest beach cafés that’s been there since 1948! Fuel up for the second half of your journey with excellent fish and chips or one of the varieties of fresh, seasonal food on offer.
St Martin’s Parish Church to Fliquet and on to Gorey
If you’d like a varied route of hills and valleys, this 50 minute jaunt is a total winner. Set out from St Martin’s Parish Church or the local pub, The Royal – a former coaching inn. This route will take you past fields of horses and Jersey cows, down tiny, winding lanes and via traditional Cod houses dating from Georgian times. You’ll pass Rozel Manor – a historic stately pile with plenty of history, before you head east to Fliquet Bay. From here you can see France on a clear day and can cycle out onto St Catherine’s breakwater for a clearer view! If you’re feeling adventurous, leave your bike behind and head to Jersey Seafaris. This great local company does boat hire and private tours of Jersey’s neighbouring islands, which is an ideal chance to see something completely different. From Fliquet Bay, continue onwards in a southerly direction towards Gorey, and you’ll see the 13th century Mont Orgeuil castle in the distance as you get closer to the harbour.