OK – When I finally get to start travelling, which should be from now into the new year, I want to do some decent hikes into the wilderness whilst away. Particularly in places like Wales and Scotland during my 2016 Europe trip with the bike. In the tiny Island that I live in, there really are not many places to walk long distances that do not involve roads, at least, so I thought. Walking on the roads here can be downright dangerous (I’ve done a similar hike here including main roads and it’s not pleasant). I parked the car in town and walked from Havelet bay, over 13 miles around the coast (pretty much all of it). My plan was to find a bus and take that back to town once done. I only had to take a couple small sections of road or private track. I could have gone another mile or so, but that would be it. I finally got a bus from the Airport back to town. It would be fairly challenging for some people in some parts. These are not paved tracks. Wear proper walking boots! Some of the climbs and descents are thigh killers. Imagine 150ft ascent/descent up 1ft high steps. But, it’s not too hard if you take your time. You probably want to take more time than I did unless you are solo or all really able to keep up the pace. I did make one coffee/carrot cake stop. Felt I deserved it. If you are visiting the island, I recommend it if you like walking and are up for a challenge/want to see some of the nice coastline you cannot otherwise see given there is no road access. There is a cafe or two along the way for a rest and refreshment. I had no idea how far I would get when I set off. I just wanted to set out and see how far I could go.
Don’t attempt this after long periods of heavy rain in the winter. Some of the paths will be flooded/inches deep in mud/leaf litter.
I was pleasantly surprised to be able to make this hike here in the Island, but there is little chance of much variation given it’s a single route, so once done, perhaps not too much to rediscover.
Here the route I took and some stats from the hike.
I took a ton of photos to document the route. These should give a good idea of the things you can encounter along the way. They are in reverse order of travel. btw – If you see the photo with the steps leading down to the bay, via the ladder, I fitted that in too. I did however almost regret it on the way back up! There are a couple apparent duplicates in here as I was experimenting with camera settings…