If the sun is out and you are feeling brave (or used to UK waters!) you might want to paddle into the shallows at the edge of the shore on Saye,Â Longi, Braye or Corblets. For the more courageous a swim may even be in order. Alderneyâ€™s water conjures up all those adjectives we use whenÂ swimming in British seas – refreshing, bracing, invigorating – but those that enjoy sea swimming will know that if you make it through the first 5Â minutes your body acclimatises and itâ€™s one of the most fabulous experiences on earth.
Alderneyâ€™s longest sandiest beaches are Saye, Longis and Braye Beach. They are all great for swimming and playing in the water. Saye is protected by sand dunes and rocky headlands, making it a greatÂ sun trap. Longis is partially protected, this time by a German anti-tank wall, and sits between Victorian Fort Raz and a Nunnery dating fromÂ Roman times. It has wonderful rockpools and the rocky eastern end of the beach is a hot spot for bird watchers. Braye Beach is sheltered by theÂ breakwater and the best picnicing and sunbathing spots are immediately next to it.
Corblets beach on the north coast is looked over by Fort Corblets and is the best beach for surfing and watersports. Clonque Bay is however perhaps the best beach for wildlife enthusiasts, with excellent rockpooling at lowÂ tide. Birds like the Oyster catcher and Little Egrets congregate in the area, while Puffins roost in the nearby Hannaine Bay.
Platte Saline is long, wild and is a great beach for walking, fishing and looking at nature. Due to the strong undertow it is not a swimming spot.Â Bluestone and Telegraph Bays are both on the South Coast and are much harder to access. There is a path down to Bluestone but it is not for theÂ faint-hearted. The bay is a great place for angling and will be interesting to anyone with an interest in geology. Telegraph Bay is no longerÂ accessible from the cliffs, only from the sea. It is a small pretty sandy bay and was the place where the inter-island telegraph cables originallyÂ came ashore.
To find out about seaside activities have a look at our Nature & Ecology section.