There are only a few ascents and descents on this walk and they are of short duration. The majority of the walk has little undulation; meandering on sandy paths and tracks through meadows, woodlands and vineyards and across cliff tops with panoramic views of dramatic coastline over beautiful bays, rocky outcrops and steep sided valleys.
The walk shows you the features of the inner island and will point out buildings and places which have played, and still play, a part in Sark’s folklore and history (past and present). Superstition and fantastical tales persist in every society but you will get to hear some of Sark's favourites about some of the places we will pass along the way. We’ll try to encapsulate the history of the occupation of the island from Roman times to current day, including pivotal moments in history such as the island's occupation during the Second World War and its recent progression from feudalism to democracy.
You cannot fail to notice the abundant array of colour produced by the flowers which inhibit the inner island gardens, tree lined roadways and meadows. As we move from the inner island to the coast, you will then notice the contrast in the type and size of flora found along the rocky and exposed cliffs.
The walk takes you to viewpoints overlooking beautiful bays and above the 1912 lighthouse. You will see the isthmus to Little Sark known as La Coupee, the Pilcher Monument, the site of the 6th century monastery, the Churches, the gaol, the mill and the Window in the Rock. We will also point out the the Seigneurie (home to the island’s rulers since 1730) with its gardens and the Occupation Museum which can be visited separately. Although we will pass the Seigneurie, unfortunately we will not have time to look at the beautiful gardens during the walk. The entrance fee to the gardens is £5 and is highly recommended as they are impressive and beautifully kept. There is also a licenced restaurant on site called Hathaways which offers good food in relaxed surroundings. Access into the house is denied but the small church within the grounds is open to the public and contains much information above past Seigneurs.
This is a fairly easy walk but relatively long. Comfortable walking shoes, boots or trainers are advisable.
The cost of this full day walk is £16 per person.