See Guernsey’s past through life at home or through the vital industries of fishing, tomato-growing, farming, quarrying and tin mining.

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Folk & Costume Museum, Saumarez Park

Step back in time and enjoy fascinating collections from historic Guernsey with a visit to The Folk & Costume Museum at Saumarez Park. Which one will you most enjoy?

The Folk & Costume Museum is a flagship visitor attraction set within a cluster of meticulously renovated traditional farm buildings. See pre-1980 Guernsey in the vital days of fishing, tomato-growing, farming, quarrying and tin mining.

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26 Cornet Street, Guernsey’s unique Victorian Shop & Parlour

Delightful gifts and a nostalgic experience are all part of a visit to 26 Cornet Street, St. Peter Port.

Classic sweets are measured out in ounces from glass jars into paper bags. Hard to find traditional toys and games are all here…potato guns, sugar mice and specialist teas in caddies, to name but a few. Be surprised to discover things you thought you might never see again.

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Les Caches Farm

Pay a visit to Les Caches Barn and see the simplicity of a mid 19th Century Guernsey farmhouse and barn.

In 1999 we embarked on extensive and sympathetic restoration of the main house at Les Caches. As much of the original fabric of the building was preserved. Les Caches is a prime example of commitment to teaching and learning restoration skills.

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Pleinmont Headland – South West Coast

Parking: Available at Portelet Harbour
Bus Route: 7 from St Peter Port. Stops along Pleinmont Road and at Portelet Harbour
Kiosk: Portelet
Facilities: Public lavatories
Terrain: Moderate
Distance: Just over a mile

Parking at Portelet, head in a southerly direction, past the Kiosk and along the tarmac road, now closed to traffic.

There are two circuits around the Pleinmont headland, clockwise and anti-clockwise. Either way, the route is a ‘loop’.

For anti clock-wise – and a steeper start … cut up onto a path, shortly before the white barrier across the road. Follow this path up through Vaux de Monel and right to the top. There are several places to rest and enjoy the superb woodland and view. When the top is reached, there are various paths across the headland area but ultimately all paths down will rejoin the tarmac road, leading back to Portelet.

For clockwise direction – a gentler start … follow the tarmac road to its end and cut up to the top through a ferny field, with a well marked path. You may short cut the route to the top by taking a tarmac lane called The Zig Zag. When the top is reached, enjoy a pretty walk back down through the Vaux de Monel and ultimately finishing by the white barrier which marks the start of the anti-clockwise route.

A wider walk, incorporating this land is detailed in “Coastal Walks & Nature Trails in Guernsey”, a States of Guernsey Environment Dept & Coast Media Publication. Available to buy locally or online.

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Houmet Paradis – NW Guernsey

Parking: Available
Bus Route: 7/7A from St Peter Port.
Kiosk: No kiosk
Facilities: No public facilities
Terrain: Moderate – can be slippery if accessing island
Distance: 1 mile
Perry’s Guide: 7H3

We respectfully remind and strongly warn all visitors to Houmet Paradis about the dangers of being cut off by fast rising tides. Please check carefully before setting out – then do so at your own risk.

If Tide Time Tables permit, it is possible to take a low-tide walk to the island of Houmet Paradis,

Nearby pathways lead through outstanding coastal scenery of Fontenelle, L’Ancresse and Pembroke Bays. Restricted access during nesting season March – May.

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Le Bigard & La Plaine des Camprots – South East Coast

Parking: Available at La Corbiere Car Park
Bus Route: 7 from St Peter Port.
Kiosk: No Kiosk
Facilities: No public facilities
Terrain: Moderate to Hard. Cliff steps involved.
Distance: On average, a couple of miles.
Perry’s Guide: 28 A5

This is a walk that can be as long or as short as the proverbial piece of string. There are outstanding sea-scapes and cliff-paths to enjoy with seats at viewing points. Memorable at any time of the year.

Starting out at La Corbiere Car Park.

Take the cliff path to the East for 200yds where you will see the National Trust Land sign on a granite pillar.

This path leads up through a small pine forest and the upper walk where replanting of trees has taken place.

Continue along this upper walk until you reach the sign Plaine des Camprots. Choose any of the many pathways which lead down to the cliff path and ultimately back to your car.

Le Gouffre Restaurant is a nearby and well-patronised watering hole.

A wider walk, incorporating this land is detailed in “Coastal Walks & Nature Trails in Guernsey”, a States of Guernsey Environment Dept & Coast Media Publication. Available to buy locally or online.

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Le Catioroc & Lihou Island – South West Coast

Parking: Limited at Le Catioroc headland
Bus Route: 7/7A from St Peter Port.
Kiosk: During Summer – ice cream/hotdogs at L’Eree beach facility
Facilities: Public Facilities at L’Eree Beach
Terrain: Easy
Distance: 1 mile
Perry’s Guide: 12 D4

Le Catioroc was a 17th century site of witchcraft trials, sabbath celebrations and a Napoleonic Fort. Take the path that runs through and past these ancient sites to the NTG area which enjoys spectacular views to the North and South of this headland.

Park at Le Catioroc headland, cross the road and take the path that leads to the Napoleonic Fort and Megalithic Dolmen as mentioned above. Walk through the Trust’s South field and take the pathway in the corner that leads down to Rue des Bordes which will lead you back to Le Catioroc headland and the carpark.

For a longer route, taking in Lihou headland:

Start at Le Catioroc (parking as before) and heading in a SW coastal direction towards land owned by the NTG to what is commonly known as Lihou headland.

No trip to Guernsey is complete without a trip to Lihou Island.

NTG owns a small area of land on the Lihou headland. Looking inland from this point (more or less at the base of the German built observation tower), we enjoy a green-field view over Guernsey’s first airstrip, formerly known as L’Eree Aerodrome. It is now under the guardianship of La Societe Guernesiaise and better known as Colin Best’s Nature Reserve.

The NTG land at this site enables visitors to enjoy a vantage point and be sheltered from the prevailing west wind.

NTG would like to thank Megalithic Guernsey for their useful links to Le Catioroc

A wider walk, incorporating this land is detailed in “Coastal Walks & Nature Trails in Guernsey”, a States of Guernsey Environment Dept & Coast Media Publication. Available to buy locally or online.

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Le Quanteraine Water Mill – South West inland

Parking: Parking nearby at coast road car parks
Bus Route: 4 from St Peter Port.
Kiosk: No kiosk
Facilities: No public facilities
Terrain: Easy
Distance: 2 miles
Perry’s Guide: 12 D4

Le Moulin de Quanteraine an extremely picturesque former watermill making part of a complex originating in the 16th Century.

We have chosen a looping picturesque country route which takes the walker up and around Le Moulin de Quanteraine

Park at Route de Rocquaine – Perry’s Guide Ref 20B4.

Heading inland, walk up Rue du Douit du Moulin, passing the orchid fields managed by La Societe Guernesiaise. Take the Green Lane “La Boue” that leads around to La Rue de Quanteraine where you’ll find the 16th Century Water Mill owned by the Trust.

Continue past the Water Mill and take Rue a L’Eau that leads back down to the coast road.

A wider walk, incorporating this land is detailed in “Coastal Walks & Nature Trails in Guernsey”, a States of Guernsey Environment Dept & Coast Media Publication. Available to buy locally or online.

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Doyle Monument to St Peter Port, East Coast

Parking: Parking at either end of walk around La Vallette or Doyle Monument
Bus Route: 6, 6A from St Peter Port to Jerbourg (Doyle Monument)
Kiosk: La Vallette, Fermain Bay. Restaurant at Jerbourg.
Facilities: La Vallette, Fermain Bay.
Terrain: Moderate involves cliff paths
Distance: 2 miles
Perry’s Guide: 31 G3

Starting at Doyle Monument, enjoy a leisurely walk down into St Peter Port along cliff paths, through pine forests and woodland. An outstanding sea view accompanies the entire route. Points of interest include Telegraph Bay, La Divette Bay, NT Martello Tower no. 15, Fermain Bay, Bluebell Wood, Fort George and Castle Cornet. Once in St Peter Port, visit NT’s Victorian Shop & Parlour at 26 Cornet Street. A short walk up the hill and well worth the visit.

A wider walk, incorporating this land is detailed in “Coastal Walks & Nature Trails in Guernsey”, a States of Guernsey Environment Dept & Coast Media Publication. Available to buy locally or online.

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The Saumarez Nature Trail – West Coast & inland

Parking: Available at Cobo Village and Saumarez Park
Bus Route: 3, 3A, 7 and 7A from St Peter Port
Kiosk: Saumarez Park
Facilities: Saumarez Park
Terrain: Easy
Distance: 1.25miles
Perry’s Guide:

This walk was once the scenic path of James St Vincent, fourth Lord de Saumarez, created from his house at Saumarez Park to the coastline at Cobo.

Start your walk from the North end of Cobo coast road by joining the path that runs alongside the playing fields next to the Mare de Carteret School. The trail leads inland past a pond that once formed part of a canal, constructed by Lord Saumarez to enable his children to row down to the sea. You will pass under Saumarez Bridge, originally built by the fourth Lord de Saumarez in the early 1900′s and restored in the 1970s. Passing through a peaceful wooded area known as The Glen the path now doubles back on itself and brings you into a sheltered picnic area, before winding up toward NT’s Ozanne Tower. We have recently acquired this folly and plans have been passed for a full restoration project. From the tower, the trail turns towards the open area of Home Farm before terminating just across the road at Saumarez Park.

NT Guernsey’s Folk & Costume Museum is set in a cluster of traditional farm buildings at Saumarez Park. The museum’s exhibitions and collections present a valuable reminder of Guernsey’s rich cultural heritage.

A wider walk, incorporating this land is detailed in “Coastal Walks & Nature Trails in Guernsey”, a States of Guernsey Environment Dept & Coast Media Publication. Available to buy locally or online.