Grosnez Coasteering

The cliffs of Grosnez mark the north west corner of Jersey, and it is an area rarely considered as a coasteering destination. Fully exposed to the westerly swell and with virtually no escape routes, this is not an area for the inexperienced. Today’s light winds and decaying swell drew us north in search of some watery entertainment.
We decided to travel west from Plemont to Grosnez, it meant that when we climbed up the cliffs we arrived at the cars, as opposed to having a 20 minute walk along the cliff path whilst wet.
This is a great section of the Jersey coastline for sea kayaking but today our progress was much slower but probably much more intimate as we scrambled along this remote section of the Islands coast.

Grosnez
Just to the west of Plemont there is some entertaining scrambling. Coasteering is not all about big jumps and long swims.
Grosnez
There were a number of sections where scrambling along semi submerged reefs allowed us to make relatively fast progress.
Grosnez
Inside La Cotte a La Chevre, one of the the most important Neanderthal sites on the island.
Grosnez
Descending from La Cotte a la Chevre, in preparation for our next swim.
Grosnez
Scrambling along the rocks to the west of Le Vyi. We were beginning to feel the impact of the westerly swell hitting the cliffs when we were in the water.
Grosnez
The further west we moved the more the jumps appeared. This was apleasant, small jump into one of the small gullies to the easy of Grosnez.
Grosnez
Underneath Grosnez lighthouse. I would imagine that there are very few days in a year when peiople stand here. It is not an easy location to reach.
Grosnez
The exit point just to the south of Grosnez. There are some really big cliffs around here.

 

Jersey North West Corner

The north west corner of Jersey offers some of the finest sea kayaking on the Island.  Tonight it was particularly beautiful, with the stunning light and calm seas.  A great Thursday night paddle with the Jersey Canoe Club.
 Heading north from Stinky Bay
 Le Pinacle viewed from the south.  A cave system cuts through this headland.
 Pete with the stunning north west face of Le Pinacle.
 Heading towards the Gun Cliffs.  The impact of the German occupation is clearly visible. 
 Alex heading into the bay to the north of Le Pinacle.
 Typical north west coast scenery.  The nearest land to our left is Newfoundland, this evening the North Atlantic is particularly quiet.
 Underneath La Nethe Falaise.  Even late on a May evening most of the cliff remains in shadow.  This is “The Black Cliff” in Jersey French.  It will have extra meaning for those readers who have an interest in the history of Welsh rock climbing.
 Just to the east of Grosnez, some superb rock climbing routes.
 Approaching Plemont Bay, a real gem.
 Time to head back to L’Etacq.
The moon passing close to the summit of Le Pinacle.  It is clear why there are Spring Tides at certain times of the month.