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Sunday, 29 July 2012

Sark Adventures

Leaving St Peter Port on the ferry
 Our little holiday on Sark seemed like an adventure, from setting out on the ferry from the harbour at St Peter Port, Guernsey.
Approaching Sark.

It felt like stepping back in time, gave you this sort of child like appreciation of your surroundings, everything was quite natural, laid back and easy going.
My fab crazy friend Jill, schoolteacher on the island!

Sarks population is about 600, however we visited on what must be the busiest weekend of the year, it was 'Sheep racing' weekend and there were probably about 1,500 visitors over the weekend! This is my friend Jill to the right, not her normal attire, she was helping out at the festival, they had Sumo wrestling suits for adults and children.

Sheep racing set up and raring to go.
 This is the main field that the schoolchildren use normally, it was taken over for the weekend by the 'Sheep racing'.
Walking the dogs along the quiet lanes.

You could easily escape all the action of the field though. The many lanes were quiet, and there were cliff tops and beaches with only a few people on them.
Dixcart bay, with people heading out to their moored boats.

The islands prison, still in use!!!

The hole in the rock.sheer drop ahead.

 You were never very far from the sea, although most of the dirt roads run in the centre of the island, no cars on Sark, just a few tractors and bicycles, lots of bycycles, the cycle hire were doing a roaring trade this particular weekend. The bay on the right doesn't normally have all those boats there, but they do look pretty!

This is the islands prison, still in use, next to the tourist information office, so just be careful not to end up in there for the night!

One of the cliff top views was the 'Hole in the rock' on the right here, there was a sheer drop and no railing or anything.

 It was quite a view from here, down below you can see a white speck, these were seagulls calling as they soared around the cliffs.

There were quite a few hotels on the island, B& B's and campsites. You could take your pick of accomodation. We were lucky to be staying with our lovely friends.
Newly refurbished Dixcart hotel, very posh.

Approach to La Coupee on the bikes.
 This hotel was so beautiful and it felt calm and relaxing inside. I should imagine it was quite expensive to stay.

We hired bikes on the Sunday, just so we could get around a bit quicker. It's years since I cycled, but I hadn't forgotten and it was fun. We cycled out to 'little Sark' and had to dismount to cross La Coupee, a thin strip of land connecting the two islands.
These few photos show some of what we saw, but one of the most amazing sites, that I didn't manage to capture, was the night sky. Sark has been awarded the first 'Dark skies' certificate. It has no street lighting and therefore it is very dark along the streets at night. We stepped out on the first night and WOW, boy oh boy, what a stunning show. It was like someone had switched on thousands of twinkling lights. So many stars, that you just don't see on the light polluted mainland. The sky was crammed full of stars, we could pick out the milky way and some other star formations that my minimal knowledge allowed. We spent ages looking up at this it was so beautiful.
Heading down to the harbour at 7.30 am

Our little trip was all too soon over and we walked down to the harbour via the cliff top early on Monday morning to catch the ferry back to St Peter Port Guernsey. It was sad to be leaving, we'd had a great time. The sea was like a mill pond, very calm. Such beautiful sights. I have to thank my friends for showing us this. I also received a belated birthday pressie from them, a most amazing book 'Art for the love of Sark' which I will have to post some pics of next, because the artwork is just stunning!
Goodbye beautiful Sark.

Hello sunny St Peter Port.

We arrived in St Peter Port at 9am, it looked so pretty coming in to the harbour.

Our little plane home to England below. Hope you've enjoyed this little tour, I will be back soon with some photies of my fabulous arty book!! :)
Little twin prop plane home.


  1. That REALLY was an adventure if you need a plance and ferry to get there!! Looks like an amazing place. We have a lot of light pollution here too... but when we are up in Maine I AM truly amazed by the sky, and all that we miss down here each night! Looking forward to seeing your new book! :))))

  2. that was lovely...I can well imagine the night sky there. I have only seen that many stars once: I had no idea.


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