Spend a day with Wild Adventures Jersey | Channel Islands

by Vanessa

Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, is only small at 9 by 5 miles. The island is steeped in history with English and French wars as well as German occupation in WWII. The coastlines, harbours and castles are breath-taking and a perfect playground for diverse outdoor activities. I hooked up with Wild Adventures to explore a little of what the ‘rock’ has to offer.

ACTIVITIES WITH WILD ADVENTURES IN JERSEY

Abseiling at Noirmont Point 

The abseiling took place at World War 2 German Observation tower at Noirmont Point. The direction-finding tower (Marine Peilstand und Meßstellung 3) was built by the German occupying forces in 1943 and is approximately 16 metres high.

Abseiling down World War 2 German Observation tower at Noirmont Point with Wild Adventures, JerseyNoirmont Point Lighthouse in Jersey, Channel Islands

Not being in a group we had a bit more time on our hands to do all the preparations for abseiling. Scott, from Wild Adventures, patiently went through all the ropes, knots, slings and carabiners. We started with our 2 anchor points on the top of tower using a Figure of 8 on a Bight on anchor 1. Then the abseil line (anchor 2) we used a Clove Hitch followed by an Overhand on the Bight to make ‘Bunnies Ears’ then an Munter Hitch knot to lock off the line. Sounds easy, right? Don’t panic, the knots were obviously all checked by the professional!

You can see inside the tower through the slits half way down as you make your ascent. The views around Noirmont Point do make it a beautiful place to be abseiling, definitely recommended! Unfortunately, it was a rainy day so visibility wasn’t the best but without the cloud you can see coast of France and Portelet Bay and Janvrin’s Tomb. Next time, sunshine please…

Trying out some foraging and bushcraft

Time to get to know the island better as we went foraging along the coast by the Kempt Tower in St. Ouen’s, for edible and medicinal plants. Also known as the Grosse Tower, this large Martello tower was built between 1832 and 1834 and has been restored as a beautiful heritage rental property for you to enjoy the 360 views across the bay.

Kempt Tower in Jersey - Channel Islands

In our foraging mission, we found Wild Rocket which had a really strong peppery taste, tried the Rock Samphire, Sea Spinach, Sandwort, Sea Purslane and Lesser Sea Blite but they tasted saltier than normal due to the wind and rain along the coast. The high tide prevented us exploring the shoreline and identifying the shellfish and seaweeds, next time I’ll be checking out the Seashore Safari!

We got involved in more bush craft as I was shown different methods of making fire by friction. The fire bow was very labour intensive, not sure I have the patience for this one, think the more modern methods are for me!

Foraging for Rock Samphire with Wild Adventures in Jersey
Foraging for Rock Samphire
Tools for bushcraft with Wild Adventures in Jersey
Tools for bushcraft

COASTLINE HISTORY OF JERSEY

The team at Wild Adventures were kind enough to show me a little  of the coastal history in Jersey.

Dolmens in Jersey

We headed over to see one of Jersey’s dolmens called La Pouquelaye de Faldouët. It is a Neolithic passage grave leading into an unusual double chamber and was built c. 4000-3250 BC. The main chamber is open and surrounded by a series of small stone cists while the end chamber is covered by a huge 24-tonne capstone. The site was first recorded in 1682 and was excavated 3 times before 1910. It is reported that human remains were found in the cists along with pottery, axes and pendants in the chamber.  This is just one of twelve Dolmen sites dotted around the island of Jersey, all with very interesting historic tales worth exploring.

Jersey’s dolmens called La Pouquelaye de Faldouët

L’Etacquerel Fort

The coastlines along the small island Jersey are full of dramatic coastlines mixed with undulating dunes, towering cliffs and beautiful fauna along the way. The mainland is just as pretty too making it a fantastic island to explore by foot.

Being short of time with a plane to catch, my coastal trail was by L’Etacquerel Fort, it seems impossible to stroll around the island without a historical sighting. The name L’Etacquerel comes from an old Norse word ‘stakkr’ meaning heap or stack of rock. The original 18th century gun position was built further up the cliff and the Fort was built to guard the eastern side of Bouley Bay in 1835-36. The big wooden door was padlocked so we couldn’t stand and look over the bay from the fort. This is just another restored heritage site on the island that is now available for holiday rental and with views to take your breath away, you’d be mad not to stay here!

L'Etacquerel Fort in Jersey

MORE ABOUT WILD ADVENTURES IN JERSEY

If you’re ever looking for fun and activities on the Rock, do check out Wild Adventures Jersey! They offer abseiling, climbing (indoor & outdoor), bike tours, camping expeditions, bush craft, paddle boarding, kayaking, seashore safari, shelter building, boogie boarding, coasteering in Jersey and overseas trips in France and Spain. Their team are really passionate and, most importantly, have a long history in the great outdoors. Their expert tuition and enthusiasm really came through in the day I spent with them, thanks guys!

Check out their website or Facebook for more details or just give Kazz a call on 07797 886 242, he is the outdoor junkie behind Wild Adventures Jersey!

Wild Adventure Jersey are offering you 15% discount on their activities for Wanders Miles readers, no excuse to sign up if you are heading to the beautiful island of Jersey!

For more ideas on where to go in Jersey, check out Jersey Tourist Board

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Always make travel insurance a priority for any adventure! World Nomads is my go-to guys, I’ve learnt this from experience. You can buy and claim online even when you’ve left home. I love that they give a little back too and support community development projects in various countries.

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Spend a day with Wild Adventures in Jersey, an activities company for outdoor enthusiastsAbseiling down the old observation tower at Noirmont Point with Wild Adventures in Jersey, Channel IslandsLearn foraging and bushcraft with Wild Adventures activities company in Jersey, Channel Islands

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18 comments

omnivagant 25th October 2017 - 10:55 pm

That really does seem like an adventure. I love abseiling, mountain climbing and all that sort. Seems beautiful, thanks for sharing!

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Vanessa 29th October 2017 - 6:01 pm

Great to me a fellow adventure lover! You would love everything that Wild Adventures Jersey has to offer!

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Mateja 25th October 2017 - 11:07 pm

Ahhh, I’d love to visit the island, seem like so much fun! 😍

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Vanessa 29th October 2017 - 6:00 pm

Hope you make the trip one day, it’s a beautiful place!

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Annie Soul 25th October 2017 - 11:09 pm

Ooh I went here when I was 11. Did you see any Jersey cows or eat ice cream made with their milk? My cousins also lived there for years, lovely island. Glad you are showing interesting things for people to do 🙂

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Vanessa 29th October 2017 - 6:00 pm

I did see Jersey cows, they are so lovely! I did manage to grab some of the ice cream too in a restaurant there. Has your cousin tried the abseiling if she lives on the island?

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waitingforrain28 25th October 2017 - 11:23 pm

I am an island buff, so this is definitely on my bucket list. I haven’t seen many posts about Jersey before, so I really love this. I hope I can visit in the future!

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Vanessa 29th October 2017 - 5:55 pm

If you’re an island buff, this is perfect for you! I do hope you get to visit Jersey soon!

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RJ 25th October 2017 - 11:57 pm

At first I thought you were talking about New Jersey in the US.. hehe. I am all in for adventures and this sounds great. Would love to go here, which is the closest city from here?

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Vanessa 29th October 2017 - 5:54 pm

Seems to be a common misconception when I mention Jersey that people immediately think of New Jersey. The island between France and England so you generally need to fly from London.

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Hayley Fast Hornberg 26th October 2017 - 2:48 am

You are super adventurous…WOW. Sounds like a lot of fun and a great place to visit.

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Vanessa 29th October 2017 - 5:52 pm

Life is about adventure for me! You can do different levels of adventure there, doesn’t need to be too crazy!

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maegan 26th October 2017 - 7:20 am

I had no idea New Jersey was so fun! I’d definitely try these adventures out! Bush craft looked awesome!

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Vanessa 29th October 2017 - 5:45 pm

It’s Jersey in the Channel Islands (between England and France) not New Jersey. It’s an amazing place, you should take a trip there 🙂

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erinklema 26th October 2017 - 7:20 pm

I hadn’t heard of Jersey before your post, but it seems perfect for adventure travelers to visit, especially with Wild Adventures. Wild Adventures offers such a range of activities! I bet adventure seekers must love their tours.

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Vanessa 29th October 2017 - 5:47 pm

They are pretty popular over in Jersey, they are so knowledgeable and have a top reputation… Jersey has so much to offer for adventure junkies!

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Alyssa Ramos 26th October 2017 - 9:16 pm

SO COOL that you went here!!! I’ve actually been dying to go to the Channel Islands, just never have enough time (or forget to book the boat). Definitely saving this for next time I’m in town!

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Vanessa 29th October 2017 - 5:46 pm

It is definitely worth a trip, the Summer is just idyllic. I love the island!

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