On a day, when paddling wasn’t an option I decided to visit all of the Millennium Crosses on the Island. Every parish placed a cross and a stone at suitable locations, I had visited the Millennium Stones, in one continuous, a journey of 49 miles. The wayside crosses which were placed around the Island are based on the design of a medieval cross, a model of one which can be seen at Elizabeth Castle, having been placed there in 1959. It is thought that there many of theses crosses around the Island but they were probably all destroyed during the Reformation.
The circular ride to each of the Millennium Crosses is an entertaining way to pass a few hours and the route will take you some interesting areas of the Island. The total distance was 39 miles which contrasts with the 49 miles it takes to cycle around the Millennium Stones
First stop was the cross of St Brelade. On a road junction near to the Airport garages. It does look like it could do with a visit from the Parish gardeners.
The St Peter cross is on the northern perimeter of the airport. From here it was the shortest distance to the next cross, close to St Ouen’s Manor.
The St Ouen’s cross is close to the main entrance of St Ouen’s Manor. The flower beds added a dash of colour which was missing at many of the crosses.
The St Mary cross is only just in the Parish. Situated at Greve de Lecq it close to the historic barracks.
Built during the German Occupation La Route du Nord runs above the cliffs of St John and it is where the parish decided to locate their Millennium Cross.
The Trinity Cross would be easy to miss, located close to the walls of the Parish Church.
The parish cross of St Martin is the only one on the east coast. Close to Archirbondel, from here to St Clement’s cross my next stop was the longest non stop stretch on the tour of the Millennium Crosses.
The St Clement’s cross is situated on the sea front at Le Hocq, overlooking some superb sea kayaking waters.
From the St Clement cross it was an uphill ride to the Grouville one, situated on small grassy section of land at the top of Grouville Hill.
St Saviour’s cross is close to the Parish primary school.
The St Helier Cross is in Victoria Park, which is the small open space close to the Grand Hotel. This cross bears an inscription in Jerriais (the traditional language of the Island) À la glouaithe dé Dgieu (To the glory of God).
The last cross was in St Lawrence. Located at the top of Mont Felard it was a steep climb to the final cross.