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Jersey Moonwalking

A review of the Moonwalks on Jersey’s south coast

Rock pools have always been a fascination of mine since I was a child (quite a long while ago) so the chance to visit the sea bed off the south east coast of Jersey was a great chance to relive my youth. Plus the weather was great and we could easily go over on the fast catamaran from Poole for a few days.

We chose to stay at the Ambassadeur hotel on the Coast Road in St Clement. It proved an absolutely perfect location right across the road from the beach and only a mile from St Helier. We booked a sea view room to get the best view of the tidal phenomenon that happens every day in Jersey, twice in fact!

Jersey has one of the world’s highest tides, every day up to 40 feet of Atlantic ocean rises and falls revealing miles of rock pools, sand banks, gullies and reefs. It is said that the island almost doubles in size every low tide, so there was plenty for Tracy and I to explore on the sea bed although we were careful to keep a careful eye on the tide. After all, if the tide drops 20 feet in 3 hours, then it can also come in at the same speed!

But we weren’t there just to poke around in the rock pools like big kids, we had booked a Moonwalk starting at 10pm so that evening we put on our wellies and set off to join our Bronze Badge guide who assured us that he was an experienced Jersey resident. We were quite reassured as the low tide had revealed an unearthly terrain and we quite understood why they refer to it as a lunar landscape. At night it was quite spooky but our eyes soon adjusted to the moon light and we could see some of the marine species in the rock pools and clinging to the rocks and reefs.

Limpets, mussels, winkles, top shells and whelks were just some of the shells we could recognise while in the pools we could see shrimps, blennies, anemones, crabs and starfish. We were given a fascinating talk about the wildlife and wild vegetables of the ocean and learnt that the famous Jersey Royal potatoes get their unique flavour from the seaweed known as vraic and used as fertiliser.

The absolutely magical part of our night were the luminous blue green twinkling lights all over the wet shingle – which is called bioluminescence – but looked to us, just like fairy lights.

We can thoroughly recommend the Moonwalks which can be booked throughout the year depending on night time low tides. There are lots to choose from including the Oyster Trail, Wild Vegetables of the Ocean and Rock Pool rambles. Great fun!!

Guest Blogger: Lynda George

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