Walks & Trails

It’s easy to explore Alderney on foot. From rugged cliff paths carpeted with gorse and wildflowers to quiet sandy bays. Step out and enjoy the island at your own pace with our self-guided walks, all of which are free to pick up from the Visitor Information Centre.

Southern Cliffs & Wildlife Bunker

This short 2 mile walk along the stunning south cliffs takes in the natural history of the island with a hint of its agricultural and military history too. Spring and autumn are the best times to experience wildlife within the open fields, bluebell woods and cliff-top valleys as well as the migrant birds.

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The Gannet Trail

One of the more challenging self-guided walks, this section of the south coast definitely merits the time and effort as there is plenty to explore. The 3.5 mile walk along the cliffs is best enjoyed between March and October and takes in heathland flowers with spectacular views of the gannets on Les Etacs. Benches are scattered here and there along the pathway and offer a place to rest and take in the view.

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Zig-Zag & Fort Clonque

A 2.5 mile circular walk from the centre of St Anne with spectacular views of Burhou and Fort Clonque. At its best during spring and autumn this walk takes in some of the island's most historic sites with spectacular views and migrant birds. 

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Burhou & Fort Clonque

This 3 mile walk leads you to the north-west corner of our island, taking in some of the islands fascinating historic architecture, migrant birds and spectacular coastal views overlooking the small neighbouring island of Burhou.

For those who wish to picnic this is a great place to do so.

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Community Woodland Trail

An interesting 3 mile trail into the heart of Alderney, exploring some of the less visited parts of the island, taking in wooded valleys and the high point of Les Rochers with amazing views of the whole island. It should take about 1 hour 30 minutes or a bit longer if you also include time to follow the fascinating Community Woodland Trail.

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Longis Nature Reserve Trail

A circular 3 mile walk around the Longis Nature Reserve, starting and finishing at the Nunnery car park. This area is important both for conservation of wetland plant species but also the wildlife that it supports. It’s an amazing trail all year round with spring flowering plants, summer resident breeding birds, autumn migrant birds and stunning winter views. A visit to the Longis and Mannez pond birdhides are a must. This trail also passes by the imposing WW2 Odeon and Mannez Lighthouse and returns along the beautiful coastal path by the Victorian Fort Houmet Herbé.

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Mid-Island Walk

This short circular 1.8 mile walk which takes in the heart of the island is a good walk all year round and suitable for pushchairs.

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St Anne's Town Walk

This is a gentle walk around the historic centre of St. Anne taking in the prominent public buildings and private residences, as well as the quaint old quarters. The 1 mile walk is suitable for pushchairs.

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Fort Albert & Bibette Head Trail

The Fort Albert and Bibette Head Trail is 4 mile military history walk starting at Braye Bay, up to Fort Albert, the largest Victorian fort on the island and continuing around the headland to the German strongpoint at Bibette Head and on to Fort Chateau a L'Etoc.

This walk joins the Longis Nature Reserve Trail at the Nunnery.

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Blue Plaque Trail

There are a number of blue plaques in Alderney - our version of the English Heritage Blue Plaques seen originally in London - a tribute to some of the most distinguished people who were born in or subsequently lived here on the island. Most of the plaques are in and around the town centre of St Anne and the Blue Plaque Trail leaflet helps you discover more about who these people were.

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Coast Path Challenge

This well-marked coastal path offers 10 miles of breathtaking sea views with countless photo opportunities. The walk will take about 5 hours at a good pace. If taken at a more leisurely stride you can spend a whole day winding along this stunning route, hopping down onto beaches or stopping off at The Old Barn by Longis Bay for lunch. Every path marker along the way has a letter on it. You can choose to enter the ‘challenge’, decipher what words they spell and claim your certificate if correct!

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