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Spend a day with Wild Adventures Jersey | Channel Islands

Noirmont Point Lighthouse in Jersey, Channel Islands
Noirmont Point Lighthouse in Jersey

Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, is only small at 9 by 5 miles. The island is steeped in history with the English and French wars as well as the 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.

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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, Jersey
Abseiling down World War 2 German Observation tower


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 the 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’ and then a 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 halfway 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 the 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 360 views across the bay.

Kempt Tower in Jersey - Channel Islands
Kempt Tower in Jersey

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 from exploring the shoreline and identifying the shellfish and seaweeds, next time I’ll be checking out the Seashore Safari!

We got involved in more bushcraft 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


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
Jersey’s dolmens called La Pouquelaye de Faldouët

L’Etacquerel Fort

The coastlines along the small island of 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
L’Etacquerel Fort 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, bushcraft, paddle boarding, kayaking, seashore safari, shelter building, boogie boarding, and coasteering in Jersey and overseas trips in France and Spain. Their team are really passionate and, most importantly, has 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 is offering you a 15% discount on their activities for Wanders Miles readers, no excuse to sign up if you are heading to the beautiful island of Jersey.***


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

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

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

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

  3. Annie Soul says:

    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 🙂

    1. 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?

  4. 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!

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

  5. 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?

    1. 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.

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

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

    1. 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 🙂

  7. 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.

    1. 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!

  8. 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!

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

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