In this series of Ramblings, Clare Balding explores holiday walking routes.
01 August 2008
Clare Balding walks the rugged landscape of Alderney
With a population of only two and a half thousand there is plenty of space on this, most northerly of the Channel Islands to get away from it all, as Clare discovers when she joins a group of local walkers.
At just three miles long and one and a half miles wide, Alderney claims to have fifty paths on which to walk.
And on one of these paths at Fort Clonque, Clare joins Alderney’s Harbour Master, Steve Shaw; Radio show presenters, Steve Collins and Tracy Jean and the Island's Marketing Manager, Joanna Parmentier.
Steve Shaw has been Harbour Master for the last twenty years. Joanna Parmentier’s family have lived on the island for generations. She describes Alderney as a slice of Britain with a bit of French dressing. Steve Collins and his daughter Tracy Jean have their own radio show on Alderney Radio which broadcasts in the summer.
Puffin and Gannet colonies, Napoleonic forts and World War 2 bunkers are just a few of the delights Clare discovers on this two hour walk up cliff paths, down valleys and along tracks lined with wild flowers.
Map: Ref: 564078 Start: Fort Clonque Distance: 4 miles approx. Terrain: Paths, tracks and cliff walks Suitable for: All walkers. There is one steep hill.
Walk along a track to Fort Clonque, up a footpath called the zigzag. Veer off to the right and walk along the cliff path. Down into the valley and walk up the other side to the higher end of the Island. From here you can take in views of the island of Le Burhou and see the gannet colony on Les Etacs. There are 3000 pairs of northern gannets here. Walk along the track to the road and right into the wooded valley. You will come out by the water mill and return to Fort Clonque.