Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions about our walks in Jersey
How much do the walks cost? Please see our Booking and Prices page.
Do I need to be a very fit walker? Walking is a physical activity and our walks range from 1 mile to 7 miles in length. We stop and look at things, so the walks are not constantly on the move. Most of our walks might be called rambles. The longer walks have fewer stops to ensure we catch the low tide in time.
Are the seabed walks dangerous? You will be walking with very experienced and trained local guides. They often walk and explore the intertidal zone in their own time and are active in the marine biology and environment of the area.
Derek’s family has lived on the south east coast for almost 100 years. He is responsible for the training of all Jersey Walk Adventures staff as well as the Jersey Heritage Seymour Tower guides. Our guides operate within a written set of operating limits and policy.
We are the only guided walking business in Jersey to undergo annual inspection by Adventuremark to ensure we meet national standards and good practice for outdoor activities in the UK.
It’s this level of knowledge and experience that reduces the risks of becoming cut off by the rising tides.
The speed of the rising tide should not be underestimated. It really can rise at up to 3 inches per minute. Our safety practices are designed to ensure walkers are out of the area before they might get cut off.
Watch a short video of the Rising tides in Jersey.
Why do I need to book in advance? All our walks operate to a set ratio of staff to clients. This is both for your safety and to ensure a quality experience. Large groups tend to move slower and people do not get time to ask questions and discover this remarkable environment. In a large group it is easy to be at the rear and not hear explanations or to find the walk turning into a long “crocodile line” with only minimal interaction.
Why are departure points not listed on the Website? On all our walks we limit the numbers booked.
Departure points are advised when you book. This enables us to ensure we have the correct number of guides on each walk. This also reduces the problem of unexpected people turning up which can compromise our safety standards. Organising unexpected clients at the departure point takes up time in an environment, where the sea waits for no one.
This approach reduces the problem of non-booked people arriving and following our parties in the belief that they will stay safe because they are following us. We consider this practice is irresponsible as it places an unacceptable responsibility on our guides should those following our party have an accident.
If you are not confident that you understand the tides and gullies in this area, you should only go with a guide or someone with a good local knowledge.
What bus route are the departures points on? The route 1 bus. This is one of the most frequent routes on Jersey. Timetables.
What happens once I book? Once payment is received an email booking confirmation with essential information is sent out. This lists the date, times and venue as well as what to wear, map links to our starting points and bus time table link via the map page. Please ensure all in your party are informed.
What happens if I change my mind and want to cancel or rebook? See our terms and conditions.
Why do you take payment when booking and not on the day? To reduce no-shows. We limit the numbers on the tours for safety reasons, so places on all our walks are limited.
I am late. The tide will not wait. Sorry but we will not wait for late arrivals. It is unfair on other people booked on the trip who have to wait for you. If you call the office, it may not be possible to get in contact with the guides, once they are at the venue.
What if it rains? We live in a maritime climate and weather is a constantly changing feature. We will walk in rain showers. If you only want to walk on a sunny day, it is best if you take a chance and leave booking to the last moment. However, you might find the walk is fully booked. We monitor the rain radar and check weather forecasts before departing.
Dress for the weather conditions and remember it may feel cooler offshore.
What footwear and clothing do I need? See the What to wear page.
Can I eat shellfish, seaweed, fungi etc. during the walks? Eat at your own risk. Our coastal areas have very good water quality. If you are gathering take only what you will eat and above the minimum catch sizes.
Learn more about low water fishing in Jersey, shellfish and minimum sizes here.
Can I bring my dog? Dogs are welcome with considerate owners providing they remain on a lead.
From 1 May and 30 September the law requires that all dogs walking on beaches in Jersey are on a lead. At other times we insist dogs are kept on a lead to reduce the risk of them getting caught in fishing lines in the inter-tidal zone. Also, the cumulative impact of dogs chasing after birds can have a serious impact on the breeding success of sea birds. Plus, if your dog runs off after a bird etc. it may get lost amongst the rocks and gullies.
Can Children come on your walks? We are happy to take children on our walks. Most children love the huge “zoo” of marine mini-beasts and spot lots of fascinating creatures. As a parent, you can judge best, whether your youngsters may find the time rather long or are happy to walk up to 3 miles/4.5 km.
There are lots of little stops on the way to explore a puddle, collect shells (small plastic bags come in very handy for that) and pebbles. Once we reach Seymour or Icho Tower children (as adults) love to drink and munch something having a little break, so ensure you bring some refreshments.
As young people get cold quickly protective clothing (including hats) for the weather conditions are important to keep them walking happily. Hats are especially important in sunny weather as are light t-shirts covering shoulders and arms. We walk across pools and channels and we will get wet up to the knees. Please take into consideration that wet jeans can be uncomfortably rubbing on children’s legs.
Footwear must be suitable for walking over uneven, wet, and sometimes slippery surfaces. Shoes should be comfortable and well-fitting and ideally with some sort of ankle support. Trainers are fine. Wellington boots need to be well-fitting, as wellington boots can become uncomfortable on a walk of 2 hours or more. Crocs and socks – this may sound fuddy-duddy, but socks prevent you from getting your skin rubbed by bits of sand. In general, we do not recommend crocs as they don’t give enough support to the feet, especially for children.
Sea water quality data in Jersey.
How can I find the starting point? Use this map. People sometimes get muddled between our departure points at Le Hocq and La Rocque harbour. Use a map to double check.