As we near the fourth week of lockdown, simple pleasures such as fresh air and
long walks seem further away and ever more precious. While we can look ahead to times when being able to enjoy pastimes such as this will return, in the meantime armchair inspiration and a virtual breath of bracing coastal air can be enjoyed thanks to gold-accredited Guernsey guide, Gill Girard. A much-loved authority on ‘The Islands of Guernsey’ and their history, culture and scenery, Gill is hosting a series of video walks from her Facebook account bringing Guernsey direct to homes and sharing her passion for her homeland.
Gill’s informative but relaxed style easily translates into video and the escapism offered through the scenic views and rolling sea is a real tonic for those stuck inside and missing nature and the elements.
Recent walks have included exploring Lihou Island, a tidal island situated off the west coast of Guernsey, and only accessible via a quarter-mile causeway at low tide. Gill’s exploration of the island includes a tour of the ruins of the Benedictine Priory, founded in the 12th century, and a view of the locals favourite secret spot for swimming – the Venus Pool – which traps water at high-tide providing a safe and warm place to enjoy the sea water.
Gill has also taken followers on a ramble through the parish of Castel, exploring medieval tracks and visiting some of Victor Hugo’s favourite spots when he lived in exile on the island from 1855.
Her forthcoming videos will include a preview of one of her most popular guided walks ‘Evacuation, Occupation, Liberation and Potato Peel Pie’, which discovers Guernsey’s Second World War history around the streets of St Peter Port.
To follow the walks visit: Gill Girard Tour Guide Facebook page.
Picture Credit: VisitGuernsey