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October to December Dates

June 14th, 2018

October to December dates including bioluminescence walks are now listed and are open for booking.

How to Walk to Seymour Tower: A Guide

March 22nd, 2018
Seymour Tower from the air

Explore the largest inter-tidal rocky zone in Europe

Seymour Tower lies off the south-east coast and is in the Ramsar Wetlands site. Here you’ll be more than 1 miles from the nearest house and literally on the bottom of the sea. But there is no need to bring a mask and snorkel. This area is a unique intertidal zone and is full of amazing marine life and history.

If you do not know much about the tides in this area, join a guided walk with Jersey Walk Adventures or find a person who goes low water fishing in this area. The latter should know their way around though they’ll probably try to avoid showing you their favourite lobster holes.

On your left, the dark lines on the beach are the oyster farms. You’ll often see tractors and people busy working on the oyster beds at low tide. Jersey has the largest oyster farms in the UK, and you can eat fresh Jersey oysters at Seymour Inn.

Ahead is a metal rescue tower. The seaweed on the structure shows you how high the tide reaches.

The walk takes you across rocks, sand, mud and through the water. Each habitat has a huge range of marine life. Sandbanks appear as if they should be on a Caribbean island and the water is crystal clear.

blue sponge beneath a rock near seymour tower jersey

Cobalt blue sponge “terpios fugax”

If you turn a rock over you’ll discover a world of vivid colours and mini beasts but remember to turn the rock back otherwise the creatures will die. All of this intertidal area is an internationally recognised “Ramsar” Wetlands site and has an incredible level of biodiversity.

150m south-west of Seymour is a rock with the letter “P” carved on it. It’s quite hard to find and marks the boundary of the ancient feudal land of the Payn family. They were granted the right to gather vraic (seaweed ) following a land dispute in 1747.

The stones in the rock-pools are covered in purple Lithothammion which may explain why the area is called the violet bank.

Seymour Tower was constructed in 1782 following the Battle of Jersey and was used as an early warning station in the event of an attack by the French. There are excellent views from the lower parapet of the entire southeast coast of Jersey. In good visibility, you will see the Normandy coast.

Return at low tide but do not linger. The tide rises very quickly, and the inshore channels closest to shore are the first to fill.

frosted Sea-mat on a Dulse, gudied walks in Jersey on the seabed

Like lace – Frosted Sea-mat on a Dulse frond

Distance: 3 miles
Time: 2-3 hours depending on how often you stop to explore the marine life.
Terrain: Expect to walk over uneven and at times rocky ground and to get wet, perhaps up to your knees.

The walk is only possible when low tide is below 2m. Start 2 hours before the low tide because this allows time to reach Seymour Tower -and get back- without becoming a rescue statistic.

Return at low tide and do not linger. The tide rises very quickly, and the inshore channels closest to shore are the first to fill.
If you do not have much knowledge about the rise and fall of the tides, it is best to join a guided walk with local residents.
Bus route:1
Start from Seymour slip.
Toilets: La Rocque harbour.
Refreshments: Cafe at la Rocque harbour, Seymour Inn.

Walks on the Seabed in 2018

January 15th, 2018

Guided walk dates to 30 September  2018 are now online. Walks to:

Seymour Tower

Icho Tower

Bioluminescence walks in Jersey

Two Towers

Walk to the end of Jersey (Karame beacon)

Moonwalks to Seymour Tower

Oyster Trails

Edible Seaweed Foraging

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2018 Walks on the Seabed to Seymour Tower now online

December 29th, 2017

Join us on a unique experience as we stroll across the seabed. Within hours our footsteps will be covered by up to 12m of ocean.

Seymour and Icho Towers, Moonwalks & Bioluminescence walks are now listed to 30 May 2018. More dates to follow.

Extra Christmas Bioluminescence walks added

December 9th, 2017

26 Tuesday  – Twinkle twinkle little star. Bioluminescence on the beach. 1700. Book online.

27 Wednesday  – Twinkle twinkle little star. Bioluminescence on the beach. 1815. Book online.

 

2018 Walk dates now listed

October 25th, 2017

Bioluminescence, Moonwalks, Oyster trails, Seymour and Icho tower walks are now listed from December 2017 -March 2018. There are some very low tides early in 2018 which allows us to walk between Icho and Seymour Towers as well as to Karame beacon.

Advance booking is advised.

2018 Dates

Stay the Night in Seymour Tower. May 2

April 25th, 2017

Experience an overnight stay in Seymour Tower on Tuesday 2 May 2017. Individual bookings are welcome. £55 per person.

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Extra bioluminescence walk date added

April 17th, 2017

EXTRA DATE: 23 April. Sunday – Twinkle twinkle little star. Bioluminescence on the beach. 2200. Book online.

Moonwalks & Bioluminescence Walks in Jersey. Dates are Filling

March 21st, 2017

Quite a few April walks on the seabed, Moonwalks and Bioluminescence walks are already fully booked. Advance booking is advised.

Wild Vegetables of the Ocean: An Introduction to Foraging Seaweeds Course

February 13th, 2017
Seaweed foraging & identification course

Seaweed identification

On this short course, Trudie Hairon-Trox, journalist and walking guide for Jersey Walk Adventures, will give an overview of the centuries-old tradition of seaweed gathering in Jersey, as well as an insight into modern uses of seaweeds.

The course will help you identify the most common species of seaweed and will explain the best practice for foraging. It will shed new light on the value of the long forgotten vegetables of the ocean, which are regularly used in cosmetics, for herbal treatments and in delicious dishes.

Thursdays 9 & 16 March 1900-2100. Adult Education. Philip Mourant Centre (Trinity). £35.

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