Channel Islands cycling
An adventure on two wheels
Discovering the unique culture and mix of quaint villages and rugged coastlines available on the Islands is a treat on two wheels. Whether you bring your own bike or hire one, you will be well catered for as the Channel Islands are perfect for cycling. The three islands of Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney offer a range of maps, routes and guides specifically created with cyclists in mind; whether you’re a novice or prefer more of a challenge. Both Jersey and Guernsey have specific roads where traffic is limited to 15mph giving pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders priority and Alderney is virtually traffic-free. Should you wish to pop over to Sark, you will find the only traffic in the form of tractors or horse and carriage and Herm is so traffic free that even bicycles are banned, so park up and enjoy a walk instead!
Cycling in Jersey
Jersey offers an island wide cycle network of over 350 miles. Town, country and coastal routes can be covered in the form of a series of radial trails centred around Liberation Square in St Helier, coastal paths, as well as 50 miles of ‘Green lanes’ where traffic is limited in speed to 15mph. The wide sandy beaches of the south and east give way to a haven of pretty harbours and villages in the north and west. Many of the islands tourist attractions can be visited whilst en route if you dip inland to the lush valleys and rural landscape so readily available. For the competitive cyclist, St Helier also hosts the Rubis Jersey Town Criterium each year around May time when the town centre closes and a 1.2 mile technical cycling race is repeated over 30 laps on a marshalled course. Many other cycling events take place on Jersey each year, such as the Tour de Jersey which raises money for Jersey Hospice Care and the Jersey Festival of Cycling; both being suitable for all ages and levels of ability.
Helpful cycling information for Jersey
- With up to 300 bikes available with a model to suit everyone, Zebra Hire have a team on hand to ensure you are set up correctly to enjoy your trip. On hand to offer experience and advice, helmets and locks are free and they offer a free bike exchange Island Wide Service should you experience a puncture or require assistance.
- Funky Puffin Bike Hire: great range of bikes from easy to ride tour bikes to full spec mountain bikes. Book online at http://www.jerseybikehire.co.uk/
- Littletrain have two cycle depots. Main depot in St Aubin and another on the Corbiere Cycle Track.
Cycling in Guernsey
A cycle lane from the Eastern Sea Front to the Weighbridge in town as well as the ‘Ruettes Tranquilles’ lanes where speed is limited to 15mph allows cyclists to adventure around Guernsey with ease. Guernsey is also renown for its smooth tarmac roads, helping you to explore from the easier terrain of the western and northern sandy shores to the more challenging rural southern topography. Although cycling is not permitted on nature trails and cliff paths between La Vallette Bathing Pools and Pleinmont Point, there are many suitable paths along the west coast. Cycling is encouraged on the island and there are plenty of cycle stands available. Don’t forget to venture further inland to the pretty wooded country lanes and valleys where you’re never far from a suitable refreshment stop!
Helpful cycling information for Guernsey
- Providing adventure activities for individuals or groups on Guernsey, Herm and Sark, Outdoor Guernsey also provide cycle tours and arrange hire.
- Guernsey cycle hire aim to provide you with the best and most reliable cycling experience whilst on holiday in Guernsey. They deliver 7 days a week throughout the year.
Cycling in Sark and Herm
Should you think of island hopping and exploring Sark and Herm on two wheels you need to know on these exceptionally tranquil little islands you can only take to two wheels on Sark as cycling is banned on Herm! Cycling however, is a popular way of getting to know Sark with many people opting to pack a picnic and head off to some of the sandy coves whilst taking in the breathtakingly beautiful views along the coastal paths. The most adventurous might like to push their bikes over La Coupée, the narrow footpath (cycling is banned on it!) leading to Little Sark with its ancient silver mines. Inland Sark offers gardens and quiet wildflower filled lanes but wherever you are, you won’t be far from the main village for a bite to eat.
Helpful cycling information for Sark
- A to B cycle hire Tel: +44 (0)1481 832844
- Avenue Cycle Hire Tel: +44 (0)1481 832102
- Sark Carriage & Cycle Hire Tel: +44 (0)7781 454375
Cycling in Alderney
The rugged and beautiful island of Alderney is only 3.5 miles long and 1.5 miles at its widest. Centred around the pretty cobbled streets of the capital, St Anne, are 10 miles of roads where speed is limited to 35mph for those few vehicles that are present. Known as a birdwatchers paradise, the island consists of large areas of unspoilt common land dotted with old german bunkers and victorian fortifications. The uncrowded golden sands and clear waters of the north and east coast are a haven for swimming and water sports. Escape for a day of cycling or dip in and out of beaches, countryside and the town on your travels.
Helpful cycling information for Alderney
The Visit Alderney website has a list of places to hire bikes from including:
- Cycle and Surf (in town) who have short to long term hire rates
- Top Gear Cycle Hire (near the harbour)
- Auto-Motion who also offer electric bikes