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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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The Gullies between Seymour Tower and the Shore

July 7th, 2014

This excellent aerial view of the gullies between Seymour Tower and the shore highlights just how deceptive things can be when you walk to Seymour Tower.

This is a good reason why you should only walk with an experienced guide, or someone who knows the area well.

It is all to easy to not notice the tide racing back in (it rises at 3 inches per minute on the Spring tides).

As the tide starts to rise the gullies between the shore and the rescue tower fill first. As a result it is easy to be wandering around Seymour tower oblivious to the fact that you are being cut off. This is because the land around the tower is higher than the land between the rescue tower and shore.

Enjoy this remarkable place and take care. Or, join us on our guided walks on the seabed to Seymour Tower.

Between the tides. Stay the day at Seymour Tower. 2014 dates

April 6th, 2014

Our organized day stays are ideal for people who may not wish – or don’t have the time – to spend 24 hours at Seymour Tower. Dates: July 19, August 7, 18. Details.

Seymour Tower and the Oyster beds. Photo blog by Rudolph Abraham

October 26th, 2012
Seymour tower guided walks in Jersey at sunset

Far better photographs are on Rudolph's blog!

From time to time we get visiting journalists, travel writers and professional photographers visiting Jersey who plan to write or produce photo articles about our walks on the seabed (also called Moonwalks).

Personally, I find the term “Moonwalk” misleading. It makes people think we either walk in the dark (possible and different- but you can miss a lot), or the area is barren and devoid of life.

The South east coastal Ramsar site of Jersey is a remarkable and diverse area which is full of surprises. I guess this is the reason I keep exploring the rocks, gullies and sand bars and have lived within yards of the beach for over 40 years. I even get seaweed landing in my garden and sometimes gather some Pepper Dulse to use when cooking.

Anyone who has been on our guided walks will realise just what a remarkable place this bit of ‘seabed’ is to explore with huge 12.5m tides and masses of different rock formations and marine life.

Just to add a bit extra there are Oyster beds and, better still, our ancestors built Seymour tower to give people a destination when walking in the area. Well not really, Seymour Tower was built as a coastal defence against French attack in 1782.

Rudolph Abraham, a professional photographer and award winning travel writer, has captured some of the feelings for this area in his excellent photo blog while attending the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild conference (OWPG) in Jersey. Take a look.

Derek Hairon

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