Ladies Bay Beach (Vale)
Ladies’ Bay is a medium sized sandy beach running north-south on Guernsey’s north-western coast. It is the main beach within Grand Havre Bay which is nearly a mile deep from the headland to the inner-most beach near the Vale Church. This beach is popular at all states of tide and can be access from both the northern and southern slipways.
Ladies’ Bay is probably the island’s most popular windsurfing and kitesurfing location and summer schools can be found here.
At the northern (Chouet) end there is a kiosk and toilets. A tea-room can also be found at the top end of the car park. At the southern end there is a ice-cream and snack cabin parked during the busy summer period. Close-by are toilets and a playground for under 14s. The playground separates two car parks.
We have no current information on dog restrictions for Ladies Bay Beach.
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- 5th September 2020-6th September 2020The Food Rocks festival was started by top chef Mark Hix with the main aim of promoting the produce of the local area around Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast. The festival welcomes top chefs, exhibitors, locals and visitors to Lyme Regis, the main stage showcase offers a mix of interactive cookery demonstrations, talks and tastings across the 2 days. The money raised goes to good causes split between the RNLI and the Fishermen’s Mission.
- Rousse bay is a sheltered sandy bay that houses many of the Guernsey west coast fishing boats. It is a popular location with local school children in the summer months as the pier provides a jumping point and there is some snorkelling to be done there. There are two small car parks, a kiosk open almost year-round and toilets which are located by the fisherman’s area. The Rousse pre-Martello tower is a popular site to explore on the headland. There is also a little stone hut next to it which offers some history on the area.
- Amarreurs Harbour is a very small fishing harbour populated by just a handful of vessels. There is a mix of fine and coarse sand, along with some shingle areas. The old stone pier is very popular with children for jumping off and swimming around. On a spring low tide it is possible to walk right across the mainly sandy bay to Rousse. Along the way, the low tide reveals some reasonable sized rock pools. Toilets are located next to the car park and playground. At the northern end of the playground you’ll find a ice cream and snack cabin at the top of the slipway that leads onto Ladies’ Bay.
- Port Grat is a very under-rated sandy west coast beach. As the tide goes out, small rocky outcrops are revealed, though best enjoyed when the tide is half-way up to half-way down. No immediate facilities although Rousse is just the other side of the headland a few minutes away. There is one small car park at the northern end of the beach which is access via the road that leads to the Rousse headland, past the Peninsual hotel.
- Pembroke Bay is a large sandy beach with central rocky outcrops that divides it into two locally recognised beaches – Pembroke and L’Ancresse. It’s gentle sloping nature makes it popular for swimmers, kayakers and kite boarders. Occasionally, some boats will drop anchor in the summer sun. The Pembroke end has a narrow strip of pebble beach up against the sea wall and also around the central portion of the bay. Small forts can be found at either headland of Pembroke Bay. L’Ancresse golf course’s 15th and 16th holes run alongside the bay. A few minutes walk to the north west of Pembroke is Jaonneuse Bay which is a small sandy beach as a high tide alternative. There a couple of small parks right next to it. Five minuntes from Pembroke car park, up and across the golf course’s 17th hole, the Millennium Stone monument can be found which commands a beautiful panoramic vista across L’Ancresse common. There are toilets and car parks at both ends of the bay. At the Pembroke/western end, there is the recently refurbished and fully licensed Beach House cafe and kiosk which offers everything you should need at a beach. At the eastern end you will find a more traditional kiosk that serves up the usual things and you can deckchairs etc. Buses stop a short walk from the access slipway.
- Portinfer is traditionally recognised as a low to mid tide surfing location, however, there is a small sandy stretch and pebble beach at the top of the bay that is very pleasant particularly when the tide is up. For those willing to negotiate the awkward central rocky patch in the bay, Portinfer offers a beautiful stretch of sand on spring low tides. Nearest facilities are a 5 minute walk along the coast path to Port Soif. A car park can be found along a single track road that leads to the clay pigeon range at the northern end of the bay.
- Port Soif is sheltered, well protected sandy 180-degree cove which is very popular in the summer months with all ages. With the tide half-up and half-down it is a prime swimming spot. The horeshoe is actually close to being a full circle with only a small channel between the headlands of Grandes Rocques and Portinfer. This means that as the tide goes out you can have a long walk to the sea for a swim. Car parks can be found along access roads at either end of the bay. The northern end has a kiosk and toilets.
- Bordeaux is separated into two bays by an L-shaped granite pier and slipway. The northern bay is where a number of small fishing and pleasure boats are moored. When the tide is up, the pier is a popular spot for children to jump off into the shallow water. The southern beach has a narrow pebble bank at the top which leads onto the sand. It is a popular paddling spot for young families and you’ll often find snorkellers exploring around the rocks when the tide is high. At the northern perimeter there is a car park that leads to the northern coastal path. At low tide, a short walk north leads you to Paradis Island which can be accessed down the deep pebble beach. On extreme low tides, the Bordeaux area makes for good exploring around the tiny islands and rocky outcrops. From the southern car parks, a short walk south takes you towards Vale Castle. Care should be taken when crossing the road as both access points to the castle are on blind bends on the road. There are toilets at the southern end of area next to the very popular kiosk which is often busy. Many people stop off at the car parks when the tide is high to watch the passing boats traveling north and south through the Little Russel which is the main transit into St Peter Port. There is a small recycling facility in the southern car park. Swimmers should be aware that Guernsey’s strongest tidal currents pass Bordeaux and so they shouldn’t stray too far from the shore.
- Grandes Rocques has something for everyone. It is a sandy expanse with rocky outcrops that contain many rock pools when the tide is down which are routinely explored by people of all ages. Despite being open to the prevailing south-westerlies, the offshore rock formations help ensure that the beach is great for swimming, snorkelling and kayaking. A reasonable sized car park area can be found just off the coast road and also towards the headland which leads to Grandes Rocques Battery. A busy kiosk caters for all essentials and also offers deckchair and windbreak hire. Buses drop off in the car park here.
- Saumarez Park is the largest public park on the island of Guernsey. It contains various facilities, including a cafe, a large children’s playground, large open grass lawns and a duck pond. A nature trail links the park with nearby Cobo Bay on the north shore of the island. Situated within the park, near the Victorian walled garden, is the National Trust of Guernsey’s Folk & Costume Museum. It is housed in a cluster of meticulously restored traditional farm buildings and showcases Guernsey’s heritage with exhibitions covering domestic life, farming, fishing and sea-faring. In addition, special exhibitions from the more than 8000 pieces of its nationally acclaimed costume collection are on display throughout every season
- Cobo beach is probably the second most popular beach on Guernsey. It is primarily a sandy channel lying between the distinctive Cobo geology. It is deceptively steep around the half-tide mark and at low tide the sea is not anything like as far to reach as other beaches on the island. Car parks can be found at both ends of the beach. To the south is a kiosk and toilets next to the access slipway. At the northern end is Cobo village where a small supermarket, post office, garage and chip shop can be found. The very popular Rockmount pub is located centrally along the coast road.
- Fort Hommet is a fortification on Vazon Bay headland, built on the site of fortifications that date back to 1680, and consists of a Martello tower from 1804, later additions during the Victorian Era, and bunkers and casemates that the Germans constructed during World War II. Open to visitors, though with restrictive hours.
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