Rover Reports from Guernsey
Guernsey is such a relaxing and beautiful place to visit; it would be a shame not to bring your dog too.
Getting your dog to Guernsey is easier than you think. There is no charge for dogs travelling in cars on Condor Ferries and foot passengers can bring their dog in a carrier for an additional fee of £10 each way. If your dog is travelling in the car remember to leave your pet with water within the car and leave the window slightly open to maintain a comfortable temperature.
As soon as you arrive you can start to adjust to the relaxing pace of life and look forward to the fantastic choice of dog friendly beaches and walks.
Dogs are welcome on all of Guernsey's beaches outside of the summer months (from 1st May to 30th September inclusive). However, even in summer there are still plenty of great dog friendly beaches to visit. Le Grand Havre Bay is a large natural bay with several sandy beaches. There are four free car parks dotted around the perimeter and toilet and refreshment facilities are situated at both ends of the bay. A freshwater outlet from the Vale Pond runs into the bay, making it perfect for wading birds and thirsty dogs!
Le Grand Havre Bay
Vazon Bay in Castel is one of best beaches in and the South end is open to dogs all year round. There is plenty of outside seating next to the small beach café on the coastal road opposite the North end of the bay if you crave a bacon sandwich or an ice cream after a long walk with your dog. Other dog friendly beaches on the island, all with free parking and easy access, include Portelet Harbour and Le Crocq du Sud next to Fort Grey, Saline Bay and Portinfer.
Walking is a popular pastime in Guernsey. The Ruettes Tranquilles are signed designated lanes with a recommended speed limit of 15mph. They are open to all traffic but give priority to walkers, cyclists and horse-riders. The network of paths can be found across the parishes of Castel, Forest, St Andrew, St Martin, St Sampson, St Saviour and the Vale. Details of specific walks can be found at www.guernseywalker.me.uk
St Saviour's Reservoir is the largest surface area of fresh water on the island and is surrounded by conifers and deciduous plants. It is an important local site for nature conservation so dogs must be kept on a lead around the 3km nature trail.
Dogs can enjoy some off lead fun in the wide open spaces of Saumarez Park. There is a small lake with a Japanese style pavilion with an island in the centre inhabited by ducks. It's free to visit and there are no parking charges. If the car park next to the playground is full try the North car park instead. After a woodland walk with your dog there is a formal rose garden to sit in and enjoy some rather special Guernsey ice cream from the tearoom.
For an alfresco lunch with your dog it is hard to beat the panoramic sea views and food at the Beach House Pembroke Bay, although in summer remember that dogs are not allowed down onto the beach. The outside tables at Candie Gardens also have sea views and are a delightfully sheltered spot to stop for afternoon tea. Free parking is available at the nearby Beau Sejour Centre. The garden is well worth visiting in any season and dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on a lead. On rainy days head for the Abbey Court Hotel, St Peter Port where you can sit in the bar with your dog and enjoy a leisurely lunch.
If you and your dog fancy a day out on Herm Island you can catch the daily Travel Trident catamaran ferry from St Peter Port Harbour. The journey only takes 20 minutes and there is no charge for dogs. There are no cars on Herm and a variety of walks can be enjoyed from an easy stroll to a 2 hour walk around the coast. Alternatively, the Isle of Sark Shipping Company runs a 50 minute passenger service between St Peter Port Guernsey and Sark throughout the year. A dog's return ticket to Sark costs £10 and they are welcome as long as they are kept on a lead.
With such a great range of dog friendly beaches, walks and parks to choose from in and around Guernsey it might just be the perfect place for your next holiday with your dog.
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