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Living Streets 2016 Tranquillity Walk

This year's Tranquillity Walk explored some of the lanes, green lanes and Ruettes Tranquilles in St. Saviour and St. Pierre du Bois.  We gathered at the Houguette School car park and 33 islanders (and one dog!) took part.  We set off through the lanes at the back of the school and then headed towards the reservoir.  Then we took the lovely water lanes and headed for Perelle. 

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Then we took the green lane Chemin le Roi which runs parallel and behind the Perelle Coast Road.  It ends at the Le Trepied Neolithic tomb.  Then onwards towards L'Eree where there was a welcomed comfort and ice cream break.  Finally back to the Houguette School through the St. Pierre du Bois lanes.  We took £340 - thanks to the generosity of several walkers giving us donations.  All the funds go towards the Baubigny Schools pathway. 

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Living Streets Tranquillity Walk 2015

This year's Tranquillity Walk was postponed because of bad weather but we were able to set it up again a month later and thankfully this time we had a lovely sunny afternoon.  Turn out was disappointing but everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed the walk and through it discovered many lanes which were new to them.

Tom Le Pelley designed an 8 mile walk circumnavigating the airport.  It included the tranquil green lanes behind the busy Forest Road, the lanes around the German Occupation Museum and Le Bigard and the area around the old Strawberry Farm.  The walk took about two and a half hours so it was quite a challenge.  Thanks to the generosity of those who gave donations we raised £140 which will go towards maintaining the Baubigny Schools pathway. 

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Tom Le Pelley leads the walkers

click here to download the map of the route

The Living Streets Tranquillity Walk 2014

On a lovely sunny day with a cooling breeze 30 islanders (and 2 dogs!) gathered to take part in the 5th Living Streets Tranquillity Walk.  This time we decided to explore the quiet lanes, green lanes and cliff paths in St. Martin.   The  5 mile circular route was designed by Tom Le Pelley and was expected to take one and a half hours. 

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30 islanders registered for the walk

We met at 1.30pm in the Grande Rue car park in St. Martin.  Registration was £5 per person but many participants very generously gave us a donation as well.  The walk set off at 2pm with Tom Le Pelley leading and David Jackson bringing up the rear.

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The Guernsey Press covered the story

The walk included several green lanes including the lovely Rue Tonelle and the Water Lanes at Moulin Huet.  For the more energetic there was a 40 minute extra route towards Jerbourg using the lovely Gypsy Lane with its views over Herm and Jethou.

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Walkers were provided with a map of the route

Everyone seemed to enjoy the walk and many said they would come again next year.  We took £336 which included four donations from those who could not take part. The funds will go towards paying for the Baubigny Schools pathway.
 

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The Living Streets Tranquillity Walk 2013
Sunday 14th July

On a blazing hot day islanders joined Living Streets for its fourth annual Tranquillity Walk.  This year it was a joint fundraising afternoon with Capelles Methodist Church on "Action for Children" Sunday.  Registration started at 1.30 at the Capelles Church.  The walk was designed to go through the Living Streets Baubigny Schools pathway and then take a circular route back to Capelles Church for afternoon teas.  The route would take about two-and-a-half hours. 

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 The heat was intense and affected our usual turnout.  38 islanders took part and set off at 2 p.m. down Route des Capelles and onwards towards Grow Limited where walkers turned off the main road and into the Bukit Estate, taking the green lane to the start of the Living Streets Baubigny Schools Pathway.  This walkway through an 8 acre vinery site was opened in 2010 to enable students living in St. Peter Port North to access their schools through a virtually traffic free route.

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 In the intense heat any bit of shade was welcome.  The walk continued along the one way system in Baubigny Road and then up to Delancey Park where there were views over towards St. Peter Port.  It then headed towards Maritaine Road and followed Cuckoo Lane and another lovely shady lane towards Le Marais.  Claire and Franc Leitheiser were walking with their three young children.

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The home stretch took us onwards towards L'Ancresse via Douit Lane and then over to Grande Havre where ice creams from the kiosk helped to revive our walkers.  Continuing through to Sandy Hook, past Oatlands and we finally walked back to Capelles Methodist Church for much needed refreshments.  Funds from the refreshments will benefit the Guernsey Youth Housing Project.  Living Streets raised £443 from those who took part in the walk and we would like to thank everyone for supporting us on what was a very hot and sticky afternoon.  Next year's Tranquillity Walk will be on Sunday 13th July.

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Longfrie Inn car park - waiting to go

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Tom Le Pelley leads the walk down Route de Lihou

Living Streets Tranquillity Walk 2012

On a lovely sunny afternoon on Sunday 15th July 54 islanders (including six children) and two dogs gathered at the Longfrie Inn car park for the start of this year's Living Streets Tranquillity Walk.  Registration started at 2pm and the walk set off down Rue de Lihou at 2.30pm. with Tom Le Pelley leading the way. 

The idea was to do a circular walk through the lanes and green lanes of St. Pierre du Bois and Torteval.

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Silbe Nature Reserve

The first port of call was the beautiful Societe Guernesiaise's Silbe Nature reserve in the Quanteraine valley.  This lush wooded area has a stream running through it to the mill pond.  It's a cool tranquil place on a sunny day and we walked down into the reserve and around the mill pond before returning up the grassy slope to the road. 

Next we saw the Moulin de Quanteraine at the bottom on the hill (the water wheel) which has recently been renovated.

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Donkeys in a field overlooking Rocquaine Bay

Climbing upwards we then experienced wonderful views over Lihou Island from the site of the old Coudre windmill and over the fields to the Hanois lighthouse and Fort Grey. 

Descending down towards the coast via a lovely green lane we passed a field of friendly donkeys (which are depicted on one of our Guernsey Country Walks greeting cards).  From here there were views over Rocquaine Bay towards the Imperial Hotel.

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A glimpse of St. Pierre du Bois church heralds the end of the walk

After a refreshment break at The Pearl Centre/Le Tricoteur we headed back inland through the Torteval lanes towards Torteval Church, walking through the newly developed Jubilee Walk with its willow "house".  Continuing through the lanes we suddenly had a beautiful view over towards St. Pierre du Bois church. 

The final part of the return journey gook us to Route des Sages where we were hoping to see Le Douit Beuval herd of Golden Guernsey goats.  They are usually up on the "cliff" when it's sunny but sadly the shade had taken over and so we assume they were snug in their barn!

Most walkers took two hours to complete the walk (including the refreshment stop) and everyone seemed to really enjoy the walk. 

We raised £524 which will go towards paying for the Baubigny Schools pathway. 

We would like to thank everyone who took part and especially to the Longfrie Inn for allowing us to use their car park.

Next year's Tranquillity Walk will be held on Sunday 14th July - put it in your diary now!

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The footpath through the golf course

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Walkers climb up from the Talbot Valley

The Living Streets Tranquillity Walk 2011

Despite strong winds at Vazon, 53 people took part in this year's Tranquillity Walk which had been designed by Deputy Tom Le Pelley.  Islanders, tourists (not forgetting three dogs!) walked the 7 mile route around the Castel parish. 

The idea of the walk was to explore the lanes, green lanes and Ruettes Tranquilles in Guernsey's largest parish.  There were eight green lanes - many of which were new to walkers.

The route took us inland from the Vazon coast road through the Grande Mare golf course using a green lane and then onwards towards Kings Mills and the Fauxquets Valley.  Then back down to the Talbot Valley and up again to the Fairfield and Saumarez Park and finally back down to the coast.

This year we introduced a photographic competition for children under 16 with three topics:  walkers, landscape, and close up shots.  Guernsey Photographics has donated three £20 vouchers for the best photograph in each category.  Judging will take part at the end of the month.

We would like thank everyone who supported Living Streets by joining us on the Tranquillity Walk.  All the proceeds will go towards the Baubigny Schools Pathway project - the route that we have developed to enable St. Peter Port children to walk or cycle through the countryside to their schools in Baubigny.

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Tom Le Pelley leads walkers out of Town

Living Streets Tranquillity Walk 2010

The challenge in 2010 was to walk from the Town Centre of St. Peter Port right across the centre of the island to L'Eree bay.  The walk took an almost car free route out of Town using the Les Petites Fontaines, Belmont Road and Rue a L'Or to the Princess Elizabeth Hospital.  It then used the beautiful lanes and Ruettes Tranquilles across the centre of the island before descending to the west coast.

50 islanders (and two dogs!) took part with the first walkers arriving at L'Eree within 2.5 hours.  Many walkers had never walked through these lanes and seen the beautiful Guernsey countryside in the centre of the island. 

We raised just over £1,000 and we are hoping that this year's walk will raise even more funds for our Baubigny Schools Pathway.

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Association of Guernsey Charities No. 259

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