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Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney & Sark Sea Kayaking Guidebook

March 6th, 2015

South East England & Channel Islands Sea Kayaking Guidebook (Pub: Pesda Press)

Jersey,Guernsey & Channel islands sea kayaking guidebook

South East & Channel Islands Sea Kayaking Guidebook

Jersey, Guernsey and the other Channel Islands form over 130 pages in this sea kayaking guidebook.

The Channel Islands section is written by Derek Hairon. He has sea kayaked throughout the Channel Islands for over 42 years and passes on his knowledge and passion about this superb sea kayaking destination.

The two areas covered in this guide are as different in character as it is possible to conceive.

For many sea kayakers living in London and the South East of England the Channel Islands are easy to reach from regional airports and by fast ferry. It therefore seemed logical to combine these two areas into a single guidebook.

Routes included in the South East England & Channel Islands sea kayaking guide book

Routes included in the South East England & Channel Islands sea kayaking guide book

The larger Channel Islands of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark also consist of a vast number of islets and reefs. Here we are talking pink granite, white sandy beaches and very strong tidal streams.

Closer to France than to England (a mere 12km between Les Écréhous reef and Normandy) they are all that remains of the ancient Duchy of Normandy. The French eventually recovered mainland Normandy but the Islands retained their independence and their links with the UK.

Most Channel Islanders speak English as their mother tongue but you will still see French and Norman French place names everywhere. Many of the routes here are very committing but there are also a good number of gentler paddles.

South East England & Channel Islands Sea Kayaking Guide book Contents

South East England & Channel Islands Sea Kayaking Guide book Contents

The South East of England has a varied landscape of chalk cliffs, pebble beaches, vast expanses of sand, mudflats, and river estuaries. At one extreme the Tidal Thames runs through the densely populated City of London and at the other the deserted North Norfolk coast.

It is true that some parts of this region are more attractive to sea kayakers than others, but the editor Franco Ferrero has been selective. All of the routes in the guide are worthwhile and many of them are real gems.

The South East England section was a combined effort involving seven different contributors. They are (in order of the number of routes contributed): Andy Levick, Mark Rainsley, Mark Gawler, Annie Davis, Guy Smith John Brett, and Kurt Finch

As well as providing essential information on where to start and finish, distances, times and tidal information, the book does much to stimulate and inform our interest in the environment we are passing through. It is full of facts and anecdotes about local history,geology, scenery, seabirds and sea mammals.

Author: Derek Hairon et al

ISBN: 978-1-906095-50-5

Format: 272 pages

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Contents

The South East of England

1 Southampton Creeks – Andy Levick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

2 Portsmouth – Mark Gawler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

3 Hayling Island – Mark Gawler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

4 Chichester Harbour – Mark Gawler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

5 Tidal River Arun – Andy Levick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39

6 Shoreham to Seaford – Guy Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

7 Sussex Ouse – Andy Levick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

8 Seven Sisters – Guy Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

9 Hastings to Cliff End – Annie Davis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

10 Folkestone to Kingsdown – Annie Davis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

11 Stour Estuary and Pegwell Bay – Andy Levick . . . . . . . . . . . .67

12 Isle of Thanet – Andy Levick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71

13 Isle of Sheppey – Andy Levick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

14 Lower Medway Estuary – Andy Levick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79

15 The Thames Forts – Mark Rainsley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

16 Thames Tideway – Andy Levick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

17 East Thames Tideway – Andy Levick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

18 Walton Backwaters – Kurt Finch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97

19 Stour – John Brett . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

20 Orford Ness – Mark Rainsley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

21 Norfolk Broads Circuit – Mark Rainsley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113

22 Sheringham to Mundesley – Mark Rainsley . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

23 Blakeney Point – Mark Rainsley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

24 Brancaster Staithe to Wells – Mark Rainsley . . . . . . . . . . . 129

25 Hunstanton to Brancaster Staithe – Mark Rainsley . . . . . . . 133

The Channel Crossing – Mark Rainsley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

The Channel Islands – Derek Hairon

1 St Helier to Gorey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

2 Gorey to Bonne Nuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155

3 St Catherine to Les Écréhous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161

3a Les Écréhous to Carteret (Normandy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165

3b Anneport (Jersey) to Le Sénéquet light

(near Gouville sur Mer, Normandy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166

3c Le Sénéquet light (near Gouville sur Mer, Normandy)

to Les Écréhous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166

4 La Grève de Lecq to Bonne Nuit Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167

5 La Grève de Lecq to Les Pierres de Lecq . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173

6 La Grève de Lecq to La Corbière . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

7 Belcroute to La Corbière . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183

8 Le Ouaisné to Les Minquiers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189

8a Les Minquiers to Chausey (Normandy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195

9 Jersey to Chausey (Normandy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197

9a Chausey to Granville (Normandy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

10 Jersey to Sark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203

11 Sark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209

12 Jersey to Guernsey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215

13 Havelet to Petit Bôt Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219

14 Portelet to Petit Bôt Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223

15 Portelet to L’Ancresse Bay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227

16 Guernsey to Sark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .233

17 Guernsey to Herm and Jethou . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239

18 Herm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 243

19 Jethou . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 247

20 Guernsey to Alderney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251

20a Alderney to Baie d’Écalgrain (Normandy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 255

21 Alderney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . … 257

Sea Kayaking in France . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263

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