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Tasty Walks Guernsey - Walk 4 Section 3 - Sweeping Bays and Headland Forts

Vazon Bay to Port Soif, Guernsey

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Route Information

  • This route goes from Vazon Bay to Port Soif Bay and Nature Trail.
  • The majority of the route is on surfaced paths.
  • The route will take approximately 2 hours.
  • This route is not a loop so you may need to retrace the route to return to the car parking at Vazon Bay.
  • There is car parking at Vazon Bay and at Port Soif. These can be used as pickup and drop off points.
  • Alternatively there are bus stops along Vazon Bay and at Port Soif Bay.
  • There are a number of additional car parks located along the route, which can be used to make the walk more manageable for people with limited mobility.
  • There are public toilets located along Vazon Bay, at Cobo Bay, and at Port Soif Bay. These may only be open during peak season.
  • For more information about the walk, to download a map or an audio information podcast please click here (opens in a new tab)..

Vazon Bay to Fort Hommet

  • This section of the walk is approximately 620m.
  • The walk begins at Vazon Bay.
  • There is a car park located off Rue d'Albecq.
  • The route from the car park has a pebble surface.
  • The path has a short tarmac section.
  • There is a steep slope leading onto the tarmac section.
  • There is 1 medium height step leading off the tarmac section.
  • The majority of the path has a compacted earth surface.
  • The path is uneven in places.
  • There is an additional small car park in Fort Hommet nature reserve.
  • The parking overlooks Vazon Bay.
  • The path beyond the small car park has 22 medium height steps, with no handrails, leading to Fort Hommet.
  • There is a parking area at Fort Hommet.
  • The parking area overlooks Vazon Bay and Fort Hommet.
  • The route continues for approximately 210m from the Fort Hommet car park to Fort Hommet.
  • The path is compacted earth.
  • There are easy and moderate slopes along the route.
  • There are cafes and restaurants along this section of the route.
  • For more information about Vistas Cafe and Public Toilets please click here (opens new window)
  • For more information about Crabby Jack please click here (opens new window).

Fort Hommet to Albecq Medieval Settlement

  • This section of the walk is approximately 792m.
  • The path is compacted earth.
  • There are easy and moderate slopes along the path.
  • The route passes around the Fort Hommet Nature Reserve and overlooks Albecq Bay.
  • The path leads to Albecq Medieval Settlement.

Albecq Medieval Settlement to Lion Rock

  • This section of the walk is approximately 615m.
  • From Albecq Medieval Settlement follow the path around Albecq Bay.
  • The path is compact earth.
  • The path is uneven in places.
  • There are easy slopes along the path.
  • The route merges with the footpath on Rue d'Albecq.
  • The surface of the footpath is tarmac.
  • After approximately 50m Rue d'Albecq becomes La Neuve Rue.
  • Continue along the footpath beside La Neuve Rue for approximately 340m.
  • The route passes alongside Albecq Bay and passes Lion Rock.

Lion Rock to Côbo Bay

  • This section of the walk is approximately 630m.
  • There is car parking at the Côbo Bay end of this section.
  • The route continues along the footpath next to La Neuve Rue.
  • The footpath has a tarmac surface.
  • After approximately 250m La Neuve Rue becomes Côbo Coast Road.
  • Follow the footpath next to Côbo Coast Road.
  • After approximately 100m the route bears left off the footpath following the sea wall.
  • The path has a compact earth surface.
  • The path is uneven in some places.
  • The path leads into the Côbo Bay car park.
  • The car park is split into two.
  • There is a moderate slope leading between the two car parks.
  • There is a toilet block located between the two car parks. This may only be open during the peak season.
  • There is the Côbo Bay kiosk which sells hot and cold snacks (the kiosk is open from 10:00 - 15:00).

Côbo Bay to Chateau Grandes Rocques

  • This section of the walk is approximately 192km.
  • There is car parking available at Côbo Bay and Chateau Grandes Rocques ends of this section.
  • From the Côbo Bay car park follow the footpath along Côbo Coast Road.
  • The footpath has a tarmac surface.
  • The path continues on the opposite side of the road.
  • There is no designated crossing point.
  • The route crosses Route de Côbo and continues along Côbo Coast Road.
  • The route crosses Route de Carteret.
  • There is a designated crossing point.
  • At this point Côbo Coast Road becomes Rue de la Saline.
  • There are additional car parks along Rue de la Saline.
  • The car park adjacent to Route de Carteret has 2 Blue Badge bays.
  • The footpath continues on the opposite side of the road.
  • The route veers to the left of the footpath opposite Grandes Rocques Bistro.
  • There are 9 medium height steps, with handrail on the right, to join the route from the footpath.
  • The path is compact earth.
  • The path is uneven in some places.
  • There is another car park located along Rue de la Saline.
  • The surface of the car park is loose chippings.
  • The car park overlooks Saline Bay.
  • The path resumes after the car park.
  • The path becomes sandy and crosses the sand dunes of Saline Bay.
  • There are easy and moderate slopes along the path.
  • The path leads to Grandes Rocques Kiosk which sells hot and cold snacks (the kiosk is only open during peak season).
  • There is a toilet block next to the kiosk (the public toilet is only open during peak season).
  • There is another car park next to the kiosk and toilet block.
  • The car park has a loose chipping surface.
  • The parking overlooks Saline Bay and Le Port aux Malades.
  • The route continues beyond the car park onto the headland.
  • At the top of the headland is Grande Rocque Battery.
  • The route loops around in front of Grande Rocque Battery and returns down the headland overlooking Le Port aux Malades.
  • The path continues past Chateau Grandes Rocques to a small car park overlooking Little Island.
  • There are hotels, cafes, restaurants and bars along this section of the route.
  • For more information about Cobo Tearoom please click here (opens new window)
  • For more information about The Rockmount Restaurant and Bar please click here (opens new window)
  • For more information about Cobo Bay Hotel and it restaurant and bar please click here (opens new window)
  • For more information about Cobo Fish Bar please click here (opens new window)
  • For more information about Wayside Cheer Hotel and its restaurant and bar please click here (opens new window).

Chateau Grandes Rocques to Port Soif

  • This section of the walk is approximately 625m.
  • There is car parking at Little Island and Port Soif.
  • The path is sandy in some places.
  • The path is compact earth in some places.
  • The path is uneven in some places.
  • There are easy and moderate slopes along the path.
  • The path runs around Port Soif Bay.
  • The Port Soif Nature Reserve is on the opposite side of the road.
  • The path leads into Port Soif car park.
  • The car park is loose chippings.
  • The Port Soif kiosk is located in the car park (the kiosk is only open during peak season).
  • There is a toilet block in the car park (the toilet block is open all year).
  • For more information about Port Soif beach, cafe and public toilets please click here (opens new window).