The National Trust for Jersey is staging its annual ‘Walking through Autumn’ festival from 01 – 05 September. Sponsored by Jersey Water, the festival is the perfect opportunity for visitors and local residents alike to enjoy the very best of the Island on foot at a beautiful time of the year.
‘Walking through Autumn’ offers 27 walking opportunities which take in National Trust lands and properties around the Island including The Elms and its surrounding countryside, Victoria Tower, Jardin D’Olivet, St Peter and Fern Valleys, the Fief de Bellozanne, Portelet Common and Plémont headland to name but a few locations. Participants can also enjoy themed walks such as ‘Sorel Point and the Enigmatic Choughs’, a ‘Seabird Trail’ along the cliff paths to Grève de Lecq, a walk at ‘Evensong’ town trails and parish walks.
Helier Smith, Chief Executive Officer at Jersey Water, said: “Our purpose is supplying the water for our island to thrive today and every day. Water is at the heart of island life and we are focused on securing that high-quality supply which we all need to flourish and prosper while protecting the landscapes we love.
“Our reservoirs are critical for supplying water, for our island’s biodiversity and as beautiful open spaces for you to enjoy. We are proud to be sponsoring the Walking Though Autumn Festival and supporting the National Trust, an organisation very much aligned with our values.”
“There’s something for everyone as the walks focus on the National Trust's sites and wildlife and so are the perfect opportunity to get out in the fresh air and enjoy autumn with friends and family.
Each walk is led by a walking guide or specialist and is tailored to a specific area or site. Guides include Blue Badge Guides Sue Hardy, Tom Bunting, Jean Treleven, Roger Noel, and Jon Osmont; Bronze Badge Guide Sue Gorin, Ecologist John Pinel, Wildlife Biologist Cristina Sellares, Botanist Tina Hull, Architect and Urban Planner Stuart Fell, Ornithologists Neil and Alli Singleton, Environmentalist and former Chairman of the Trust’s Lands Committee Bob Tompkins and 'Outdoor Adventure' Instructor Kazz Padidar.
Donna Le Marrec, Marketing and Events Manager for The National Trust in Jersey said: “We’re fortunate to have many wonderful sites and buildings in our care and what better way to enjoy them, but with a walking festival. What sets this festival aside, is the opportunity to experience ‘behind the scenes’ such as access to a particular site or to somewhere not normally available to the public with really knowledgeable guides. We’re very grateful for Jersey Water’s support, as without them this activity wouldn’t be possible”.
The festival starts on Wednesday 01 September with the first walk at 10:00. Finishing on Sunday 05 September with an afternoon town trail around St. Helier. All walks are free for National Trust members and £10 per walk for non-members.