Active Travel: Guernsey

Post in collaboration with Cheapflights.

Following a great trip to Jersey last year with Jo to check out Jersey parkrun, I’m now looking forward to a second active travel trip and this time, we’re going to Guernsey! I’m really excited about our upcoming trip in September – we’re staying in The Duke of Normadie, a highly recommended boutique hotel. As our trip gets nearer, I’m checking out all the fitness related activities we can do while we’re there.

Jersey parkrun

parkrun

It goes without saying, doesn’t it? If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I’m currently on my way to completing 50 parkruns, with my 50th to be completed in Guernsey. This will also be my 15th parkrun location. This parkrun looks stunning as it follows a coastal path and I can’t wait to run my first parkrun by the sea!

Kayaking

We had a fantastic time when we went kayak canoeing in Jersey and we plan to do the same in Guernsey. It’s magical exploring an island from the water, it’s so peaceful and relaxing, yet you still get a great workout as you use your arms, shoulders and chest to move the paddle.  And as an added benefit, you also spot wildlife such as birds and marine life, in addition to experiencing a different view of the coast. Perfect. I really hope we get to see Puffins.

Cycling

I’m not a confident cyclist, but cycling is a popular way for tourists to explore the island as it’s a great way to see the spectacular scenery Guernsey has to offer. With Sark only 9 miles away and car-free, we could go over there for a day trip and explore by bike. Sark is so small, it only takes about an hour to cycle around the coast, before recovering with an ice-cream. Day cycle tours with a guide are also available in Guernsey – if I wasn’t so worried about slowing a group down, I might be interested in checking these out, but Sark sounds pretty appealing!

Yoga

Yoga is a popular activity in Guernsey, with lots outdoor classes available. I’m personally not a fan of yoga as I’ve yet to find the right class for me, but even I think that being taken through stretches in the sunshine beside the beach must be pretty blissful. There are also plenty of yoga retreats on the island, suitable for beginners right through to the enthusiast. For those a bit more adventurous, you can also go for a session of stand-up paddle boarding yoga. I tried this in London last year and although I was rubbish at it, it was a lot of fun. And I’m sure ending up in the water in Guernsey under the sun is a lot more pleasant than the prospect of the freezing Thames in October.

 

Active travel, yoga

 

Have you been to Guernsey before for an active travel trip or otherwise? What are your must-do and see tips?

This post has been written in collaboration with Cheapflights.

1 Comment

  1. August 18, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    Ooh, I stayed at the Duke of Normandie when I was in Guernsey for work a couple of years ago – it’s a gorgeous hotel and the restaurant is superb! (When I stayed they had a candy bar right in front of the lifts – deadly after a long day in the office!)

    I didn’t get a chance to do much active stuff (too much work!) but I did fit in a personal training session with Blake Smith of Body By Blake which was fantastic.

    Have a great trip – I can’t wait to hear all about it :)

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