The guide forms part of the tourism and educational resources produced by Ice Age Island, the three year archaeological research project which is set to discover the archaeological significance of Jersey’s Ice Age history, funded by the Tourism Development Fund (TDF).
The Ice Age Walking Guide features three dedicated Ice Age Trails which have been carefully crafted to include key locations noted for their geographical significance and prehistoric discoveries. Each trail introduces a different theme of discovery with a number of significant geographical features to look out for as you make your way from start to finish; each trail revealing how the spectacular scenery of the modern coastline was shaped by the forces of ice and sea during the Island's Ice Age past.
The Guide is available to collect at Jersey Heritage visitor sites, local hotels and guesthouses and through Jersey Tourism; alternatively, it can be downloaded via the Jersey Heritage website www.jerseyheritage.com/IceAgeIsland.
Before setting off, walkers are urged to visit the Ice Age Island website where they can watch a series of short animated videos in which two members of the Ice Age Island Research team, Dr Matt Pope and Dr Martin Bates, introduce each trail and give background into why Jersey is so significant to Ice Age research. The website also features the latest updates, discoveries and key information about the Ice Age project.
The Ice Age Trails & Themes:
Trail 1 – The Hunting Grounds of La Cotte (Ouaisne to St Aubins)
This western trail includes Stone Age discoveries such as one of Europe’s most significant early Stone Age sites – the towering ravine system of La Cotte de St Brelades, the ancient raised beaches of Portelet Bay and Belcroute and submerged arctic marshes of St Aubin’s.
Trail 2 – Hunters of the Northern Coast (L’etacquerel to Groznez)
Starting at L’Etacquerel and ascending to the high heathlands of Les Landes, this route passes views of a Neolithic coastal plain, the granite stack of Le Pinacle, the ancient stream of Canal Du Squez and the raised beaches from Grosnez to Plemont.
Trail 3 – the French Connection (Gorey to Fliquet)
This east coast trail provides a rich record of the submerged Ice Age landscapes around Jersey, from Le Petit Portelet to the arctic peats at Fliquet Bay. This trail documents how over 100,000 years this landscape changed dramatically from cool, open land dominated by trees, to grasslands likely roamed by Mammoths; what’s more, it documents the final moments of Jersey’s connection with France.