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Cycling in the Channel Islands

Discovering Jersey and Guernsey on Two Wheels

Cycling is well catered for in the Channel Islands and is the perfect way to get to know the islands during your holiday or break. We’ve put together some cycling ideas and resources to help you on your way. 

Jersey Cycling and the Green Lanes

Exploring Jersey on two wheels enables you to take in the beautiful scenery and rich heritage of the island. Whether you prefer a leisurely route or more of a challenge, cycling is well catered for. At nine by five miles, although the largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey is still compact enough to explore by bike and will allow you to really savour the Anglo-French culture. Jersey has an extensive island wide cycle network of over 350 miles, a Town Cycle Network and 50 miles of ‘Green Lanes’ where speed is limited to 15mph and priority given to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Cycle maps, routes and guided tours are readily available to guide you around the rugged coasts and pretty inland villages whether you are a novice or more experienced rider. Jersey also plays host to a number of cycle events during the year both for the competitive rider and for family fun.

Cycle Hire – Jersey

  • Explore Jersey with Zebra Hire  who have a team on hand to ensure you are set up correctly to enjoy your trip. Ready to offer experience and advice; helmets and locks are free and they offer a free bike exchange Island Wide Service should you experience a puncture or require assistance.
  • Funky Puffin Bike Hire: great range of bikes from easy to ride tour bikes to full spec mountain bikes. Book online at http://www.jerseybikehire.co.uk/
  • Littletrain have two cycle depots. Main depot in St Aubin and another on the Corbiere Cycle Track.

Guernsey Cycling and Ruettes Tranquilles

At just 24.5 square miles, Guernsey is also wonderful to explore by bike. With a sandy northern shore and rural southern coast, Guernsey caters for cyclists with their ‘Ruettes Tranquilles’ – dedicated lanes of no more than 15mph extending across seven of the ten parishes. There are a good number of cycle routes of various levels enabling you to explore the woodland, country lanes and valleys at your leisure. Cycling is not permitted on nature trails or cliff paths between La Vallette Bathing Pools and Pleinmont Point but there is a dedicated cycle lane from the Eastern Sea Front to the Weighbridge in town. The island also provides a good number of cycle stands and shelters.

Cycle Hire – Guernsey

  • Providing adventure activities for individuals or groups on Guernsey, Herm and Sark, Outdoor Guernsey also provide cycle tours and arrange hire.
  • Guernsey cycle hire aim aim to provide you with the best and most reliable cycling experience whilst on holiday in Guernsey. They deliver 7 days a week throughout the year.

Cycling on the smaller islands of Sark and Alderney

Cycling is a popular way to explore the smaller islands of Sark and Alderney but don’t think about taking your bike to Herm as bikes are banned there! Sark is blissfully car free and cars are limited to 35mph on the roads in Alderney. Both islands offer a network of routes and coastal paths which make the most of the spectacular views and encompass all areas of the islands. Whichever direction you set off in on these roads, you’ll never be far away from the main village or town. 

Cycle Hire – Sark and Alderney

For Sark:

  • A to B cycle hire Tel: 01481 832844
  • Avenue Cycle Hire Tel: 01481 832102
  • Sark Carriage & Cycle Hire Tel: 07781 454375

For Alderney:

  • Cycle and Surf Tel: 01481 822286
  • Top Gear Cycle Hire Tel: 01481 8222000/824672
  • Auto-Motion Tel: 01481 823352

Cycling tips

The islands are the perfect place to hire a bike and explore the scenery uninhibited. Helmets are recommended for adults and children will need a well fitted one, so you may want to think about bringing your own. Cycle locks, lights and bells are often included in bike hire but remember to check with the individual company. You must have suitable lights if you plan to ride in the evening. A word of warning though, sand and sea can damage paintwork and you may lose your deposit if you take a hire bike onto the beach. It is also not recommended to lock bikes up anywhere near the sea, as tides can come in very quickly!