Springtime on Sark

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

The French author and poet Victor Hugo described the Channel Islands as 'fragments of France which fell into the sea and were gathered up by England'. I discovered and fell in love with this quotation during our recent holiday.

When planning our trip, one of our bucket list must-dos was to visit Sark, a tiny 'fragment' of these beautiful islands.

There are no cars on Sark ~ it's a beautiful, natural wilderness, and Easter was just a gorgeous time to visit as the spring flowers were in full bloom and the whole island was awash with that wonderful, fresh pale green, that screams new life and makes you feel alive and optimistic about summer coming...


It's about 40 minutes on the ferry from Guernsey. We were lucky to have a clear, sunny day to enjoy the ride.

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Once on the island, we took a tractor (yes, really!) from the harbour to the village, hired bikes and set off to explore.


We headed first over to Little Sark, a kind of archipelago, attached to the main island by a narrow pathway atop the most gorgeous bay...



I'm not sure I've seen sea that blue before in the British Isles!

The views from Little Sark were to die for...


On the return journey, we left our bikes (no locks needed here!) and climbed down the steep path to the beach (above). What a place ~ wow! The whole island was alive and teeming with wild garlic, you could smell it everywhere.


Bluebells, hawthorn, violets, primroses, just beautiful...






And at the bottom, a totally deserted beach...


Not sandy, admittedly, but natural, fresh and oh so photo-worthy!

We had lunch at Stocks Hotel ~ a good tip we were given by fellow passengers on the tractor who had arrived to run a week's photography course on the island and were staying at the hotel.


After lunch we explored around and about the village, the two churches and the school, before making our way back down the hill for our return ferry ~ another wild flower treat.


And of course we couldn't leave before dropping into the Harbour CafĂ© and grabbing a couple of Myni's delicious homemade chocolate chip muffins for the journey...


Sark is definitely worth a day's visit if you're in the Channel Islands, or stay longer if you like ~ Stocks Hotel certainly is a great option. We'd recommend bikes if you're just over for a day, that way you can really make the most of your time and get to some of the most beautiful parts.





2 comments:

  1. Sark looks so beautiful and that cove with the turquoise coloured sea is just gorgeous! I've never visited this island, but I did work on the island of Jersey for a seasonal job one summer and celebrated my 21st birthday there!

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    1. It's a lovely place Sandra and really worth a visit, but only if the weather is good, I think it might be quite a different experience in the winter or if it was raining a lot!

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