Walking and cycling are great ways to contribute to an active lifestyle and come with the additional benefits of reducing motoring costs, pollution and traffic congestion.
A walking and cycling app has been developed to help navigate around the islands' quiet lanes. Visit the "Ruettes Tranquilles" section below for more information or search "Walking, Cycling Guernsey" on your favourite app store.
More information about walking and cycling in Guernsey can be found in the dropdowns below.
- If you would like to enjoy cycling (or walking) in quiet lanes, there are designated lanes across the island with a recommended speed limit of 15 mph. These are called 'Ruettes Tranquilles' and are open to all traffic though priority is given to cyclists, walkers and horse-riders. Together they form a rural route across the parishes of: Vale, Castel, Forest, St Andrew, St Martin, St Sampson, St Saviour. Each entry point to a Ruettes Tranquilles is signposted. An information leaflet giving additional information on Ruettes Tranquilles, along with the Ruettes Tranquilles network, can be found in the downloads section of this page. Living Streets Guernsey has created three walking routes: Baubigny, St Martin to St Peter Port and St Peter Port South to Town. These can also be found in the downloads section.
- An app is also available to download free for Android, Windows and Apple devices. The app will help with navigating around the Ruettes Tranquilles network and also shows the various cycle tours routes across the island, the locations of the main cycle hoops and the local cycle dealers. There are no roaming charges when using the app, just make sure "Location" is enabled on your device so the app knows where you on the routes, you may also need to refresh the "Location" icon on your device periodically so your location is updated on the map. To download the app go to ITunes, Google Play or the Microsoft Windows store.
Living Streets & Walking Routes
- Living Streets Guernsey have put together some scenic walking routes which are also great for cycling, one of these is the Baubigny path which runs from St Sampson's high school to Pitronnerie Road industrial estate. If you would like to try one of the routes, please check the route maps in the downloads section of this page.
- A foot and cycle path runs along the eastern sea front from Bulwer Avenue to the Weighbridge roundabout in Town. Courtesy and awareness of others is required by everyone using this shared space, particularly in more narrow sections of the path. A cycle Contraflow exists through Les Effards and Baubigny which links onto Vale road, which is then just a short ride to join onto the eastern sea front cycle path.
- In addition, there are cycle paths along the north and west coasts which provide access to the island's coastline for cyclists, walkers, pushchair and wheelchair users. A recommended 10 mph speed limit applies to coastal paths, and those cycling are reminded to be aware and courteous to other users of the path. Cycling is not permitted on the islands' nature trails or the cliff paths between La Vallette Bathing Pools and Pleinmont Point.
- Electric cycles are now very common; the latest models have ranges of around 100km depending on use. They allow the benefit of physical activity while also providing assistance when needed to ride uphill or into a headwind. Electric cycles can be charged quickly using a normal electrical socket, many cycles have a removable battery so you can easily take the battery with you to charge at work or home. Charging can take as little as three hours on the modern generation of cycles.
- For more information on all cycles please contact one of the local cycle retailers:
- A community electric cycle hire initiative is in place whereby electric cycles can be hired from a number of locations around Guernsey. Information on the initiative and access to the operational app can be found at: https://evieondemand.com/bike/
- The law relating to electric cycles can be found here.
E-Trike & E-Cargo Bike Subsidy
- Following the success of the e-bike subsidy in 2018 which increased rates of active travel and reduced transport related emissions, another electric bike subsidy was launched on Saturday 4th April 2020. This initiative focused on e-trikes and e-cargo bikes, both of which can play a useful role in improving mobility choices. Islanders were offered a discount on e-trikes up to the purchase value of £2,000 and e-cargo bikes up to the purchase value of £3,500.
- E-trikes are even more accessible than standard e-bikes, offering comfort and stability for people who may have mobility, strength or balance issues. E-trikes can give people who might struggle to ride a two wheeled bike the opportunity to cycle confidently; others might simply benefit from their ease to ride or their typically generous load carrying capacity.
- More information on the process to access an e-trike or e-cargo bike can be found though the participating cycle retailers:
- Please note, this subsidy initiative has now finished.
Cycle Groups & Tours
- There are a number of social cycling groups that welcome cyclists of all abilities to their ride outs and social events:
- A number of cycle tours are available during the main visitor season. More information, including cycle hire, can be found here.
Locations of Cycle Stands & Shelters
- There are a number of cycle stands and shelters around the island, the locations of these can be found in the downloads section of this page.