Jersey is better known for its milk and potatoes than as a destination in its own right. Admittedly, it isn’t the most obvious place for a weekend trip. But that doesn’t make it any less deserving of one. This English island is close, convenient to get to, and brimming with clean beaches and crisp, coastal walks. At just five miles long and nine miles wide, it’s the perfect destination for walkers and hikers - particularly those with a predilection for rugged, rollercoaster trails dotted with hidden bays and inlets.
The island’s outdoorsy activities can largely be separated into two camps: in water and on land. Jersey is situated in the English channel just north of France, and is constantly buffeted by the waves and winds of the Atlantic Ocean - making it a perfect destination for surfers. Adventurous seafarers can also enjoy the warm(ish) channel waters by kayak, jet ski or wakeboard. St Ouens is the go-to beach for watersports, while beach bums can lounge on the ombre sands of Grève de Lecq.
Back on land, there are plenty of hiking paths and trails to explore. As well as heritage buildings and historic monuments, such as the Mont Orgueil Castle, the Jersey Wall Tunnels and the Neolithic Passage Grave at La Hougue Bie, which is said to be one of the ten oldest buildings in the world.
Jersey is cool and humid throughout the year. The weather is similar to that of southern England, though a bit warmer and with more reliable days of sunshine.
No matter where you are or where you’re trying to get to, your destination is never really more than an hour’s drive away. The drive from Jersey Airport to the island’s capital St Helier takes about 20 minutes.