A trio of new heritage walks that start and finish at cafés in the Island are being launched by Jersey Heritage.
The self-guided walks, which are kindly sponsored by Benest & Syvret, are circular routes at Archirondel, Plémont and in St Helier. They take people on a stroll round the nearby area and highlight points of historical interest, ending at a café for refreshments.
The Archirondel walk is available from today and the other two will be available from next week. They are free to download from https://walkingtours.jerseyheritage.org/ and add to the popular ‘Heritage on Tap’ walking series, which was adapted from pub talks last year after the Coronavirus pandemic began and rules on public gatherings changed.
Lucy Layton, Jersey Heritage’s Outreach Curator, said: “We’re all being encouraged to go outside more and explore the great outdoors, and you’d be hard pushed to take a walk anywhere in Jersey without coming across something linked to the Island’s fascinating past. Our free ‘Heritage on Tap’ walks tell some of the stories people can discover as they explore an area and we hope they enjoy having another three routes to choose from, especially with the promise of tea and cake at the end!”
The coastal walk from Archirondel takes about 50 minutes and is a mixture of roads and footpaths, ending at the Driftwood Café. The historical points of interest along the way include a hidden guardhouse, a Victorian drinking fountain and a medieval stone cross.
A countryside walk heads in-land from Plémont to explore the Vinchelez area of St Ouen, with its medieval manor houses and the dolmen of La Hougue des Géonnais. Nearby cafés at the end of the walk include Café Ouen and Plémont Beach Café. The route takes about 50 minutes and is all on roads.
The third walk is in Town and starts and finishes at the Beresford Street Kitchen café. It is a half hour stroll around the historic back streets and markets of St Helier and is perfect for exploring in a lunchbreak.
The existing ‘Heritage on Tap’ walks start at The Yard at Jersey Museum & Art Gallery in St Helier; St Mary’s Country Inn; The White Horse at Havre des Pas; The Old Courthouse in St Aubin; and The Dolphin at Gorey Pier.
Nina Benest, a Partner at Benest & Syvret, said: “Benest & Syvret are delighted to continue their support of this free activity from Jersey Heritage. Getting out in the fresh air and learning about the heritage on our doorstep is a great way to feel good, keep active and rediscover the Island we love.”
Another three new walks will be launched in the autumn as part of the ‘Heritage on Tap’