Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Sunday Exploration

A few days late adding this, but it has been the first evening that I've had a chance!

My day off on Sunday was really nice! I went to the Underground War Tunnels, as planned, and then just winged it for the rest of the day, which always brings up nice surprises! Here's my collage of the day!

I started out at the Tunnels (check out their website here!) first thing, and was so impressed. It cost £11.50 to get in, and I was there for nearly 2hrs overall. Upon buying your ticket, you are given an ID relating to someone from Jersey who lived during the German Occupation, and afterwards you can look them up on a wall chart and see what happened to them, which was really cool and made it very personal. The tunnels themselves were fantastic too - they have been restored so well and it's really interactive. My favourite parts were the air raid shelter, and the unfinished tunnel section (second from left at the bottom of the collage). What makes it better is that I would definitely visit again. It didn't feel like it would be boring a second time round and I will go back in the future when I am on the island.

After a quick cuppa in the café I grabbed a free map from the tunnel lobby, and scouted out some potential locations to move on to. I found a place called The Devil's Hole, which was on the North of the island, and somewhere that I hadn't heard of, so I decided to take a gamble and see what it was like! I'm now very glad that I did. You park at a pub and then it's just a 10min walk down to the coast, where you find the "hole" - a 200ft deep crater, where a cave collapsed. The views are absolutely stunning and you can see straight across to Guernsey and the other Channel Islands really clearly! It was also so peaceful down there, and I'm really glad that I managed to find it. On my way back up, I stumbled across another experience...

Blurry but you can see it!
I stopped halfway up the hill on my way back to the pub (where I intended to have lunch) and noticed something moving in the trees. After standing and looking for a second I found that I was watching two red squirrels playing! I really can't believe how lucky I was! They are so shy and we don't get them back on the mainland (except on Brownsea Island, and occasionally in zoos) so I feel really privileged to have found some in the wild like this. I even managed to get a really blurry photo of one of them, and am totally gutted that I didn't have a zoom lens to hand! It made me laugh that people were walking past, wondering why I was taking pictures of the trees, and totally missing out!

After some lunch, I then checked back on my map and opted to head a few miles West to Grosnez Castle. There isn't much there, but it was built in the 14th Century, so I'm impressed that there is anything left! By the time I got there, the weather has started to close in a little bit and it had gotten pretty grey and windy, so I didn't stay for too long; just had a walk around the ruins and then got back into my van to come back to my hotel.

I then wrote some postcards and chilled out for the rest of the afternoon, so all in all it was a perfect day! I am looking forward to my next trip to Jersey and being able to do a little more exploring when I am here again.

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