Last Sunday we decided to head to the south-western corner of the island. You will have to excuse the quality of the photos in this post but I was clinging onto Youngest’s hand to stop her diving towards the edge of the cliffs!
- Plenty of free parking.
- Stunning views
- Public toilets
- Good for walks
This little corner of the island was known as being quite dangerous at one time. The rugged coastline made it difficult for ships to navigate. However, in 1874 La Corbière lighthouse was first lit. The lighthouse is connected to shore by a causeway that is covered at high tide as it was the day we visited. I really need get to get better at checking when high tide is!
It really is a part of the island that is well worth a visit. However, you really need to be careful with little ones. The tide can come in very quickly. It does offer spectacular views though so well worth finding a bench to sit on and soak up the view. It also has stunning sunsets and is very popular with tourists and locals alike wanting a bit of romance.
There is much exploring to be carried out on the cliff tops. You just need to be careful as it can be rocky. I will admit that as a mum it isn’t the most relaxing of places to visit with my children. I find that I am too busy watching them like a hawk and/or clinging onto them. They love to visit this part of the island though because of its amazing views and the ice-cream van that is often there!
On the cliff tops you can also find the old radio tower which is enormous and looms above you.
It is now a holiday home and can be let from Jersey Heritage for £36 per person per night. How amazing would that be! It is set over six floors and offers 360-degree view. This tower is a left-over from the Second World War. It was built by the German Occupying Forces and has now been sympathetically restored. You can find reminders of the Second World War dotted all along the Jersey coastline. When Hitler’s army took occupation of Jersey he was convinced that England would be trying to win it back so he built many fortresses.
Concrete is the running theme. A lot of concrete was used and it was the prisoners of war who were put to work building these fortifications. These (some would say ugly) landmarks serve as a constant reminder of the occupation. An important part of Jersey’s past. Hitler considered the Channel Islands as very valuable. However, Churchill disagreed and believed that they held no strategic importance and as a result he de-militarised them and left them undefended.
Today these monuments to Jersey’s past serve as popular sightseeing spots and a reminder of how lucky we all are to be living on Jersey today.
What adventures have you been up to this week?