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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.

Monday 29 April walk to Seymour & Violet bank

April 28th, 2013

Seymour Tower and Violet Bank walk on a good low tide 15.00

Call 07797853033 to book

Easter Walks On The Seabed

March 26th, 2013

Lots of walks on the seabed this Easter on some big low tides.
Join us on a guided “Moonwalk”. Day, Evening, Night walks and The Oyster Trail.

Dates and times

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

Extra Seymour Walk:5 October at 3pm

October 4th, 2012

Guided walks in Jersey. Extra date added: Seymour Tower 5 Oct at 3pm.Bookings: 07797853033

Seymour tower on German TV

September 5th, 2012
filming our guided kayak tour to seymour tower,jersey

A lot of very expensive film gear on the water

We recently had a film crew over from NDR TV who filmed one of our sea kayak trips in Jersey to Seymour tower. This featured on Nordseereport on Sunday 26 August 2012.

The filming was fun as we had all the crew on kayaks.

We had just 24 hours notice as the crew had planned to film some board surfing…but there was no surf. Luckily we happened to have the key to Seymour Tower so the crew could get shots inside and views from the top of the tower.

Conditions were calm and the film crew were willing to do something different when the boat they were due to film from was unable to join us. They had a couple Go Pro cameras and lots of “Gaffer tape” to attach them to the kayaks. The crew seemed pretty relaxed about kayaking with lots of very expensive film gear on the kayaks.

Staying at Seymour Tower

fim crew at seymou tower

The sound crew

Seymour tower is about 1 mile offshore on the east coast of jersey and is surrounded by a maze of gullies which fill and empty very quickly. At times the rise can be up to 3” per minute with some fast currents. The area is therefore a place you should treat with respect whether you are exploring on foot or by kayak. If you do not have local knowledge go with a guide.

Guided walks to Seymour tower are sometimes called “Moonwalks to Seymour tower” due to the strange terrain. However, this description does not do justice to the range of marine life you can observe. It is certainly not a barren place.

Sea kayaking adventures in Jersey

The kayaking in Jersey film shows the trip from La Rocque harbour to Seymour tower. You can either kayak or walk over to stay overnight (with a guide) in Seymour tower. We organise both kayak and walking trips. If you kayak over it’s usually easier to get a booking because you can stay there when it is neap tides and not possible to walk over.

sea kayaks on the beach by Seymour tower jersey

View from Seymour tower

Though the TV programme is in German it’s pretty easy to follow with lots of great images.

The video also shows the interior of Seymour tower. This is handy for anyone wondering what the inside of Seymour tower is like when planning an overnight stay.

Watch: Sea kayaking in Jersey to Seymour tower.

Derek Hairon

Walking in Jersey.Seymour tower walk.Extra date

July 29th, 2012

Sunday 5 August 1430 to Seymour Tower.Guided walks on the seabed in Jersey.

Call 07797853033 to book. Details

The speed the tide rises in Jersey

July 20th, 2012
Little seymour and the rising tides

Gullies filling

Today I pushed the limits as I walked back from Seymour Tower on a 10.67m tide 2.5 hours after low water.

In places it was a wade. This showed how fast the tide rises around the coast of Jersey.

Imagine crossing a fast flowing river. That is what the tide streams felt like as i waded across the gullies to shore.

It is fun if you understand the tides and currents in this area as the streams will eventually push you towards the shore.

For anyone who does not know this it’s a frightening experience. It was useful to be able to describe what it feels like to clients on our guided walks in Jersey. On a warm day the water was quite warm.

Safety tower at La Rocque and gullies filling on a 10m tide

The tide rushes in. View looking towards the safety tower

If you know what you are doing it can be fun and is great to swim the gullies. Otherwise it is a good reason to go with a guide so yo do not end up swimming…

Filmed on my Cannon camera after I reached the shore. Next time I might try floating with the streams.

Derek Hairon

 

 

 

 

The speed the tide rises in Jersey from Jersey Walk Adventures on Vimeo.

Walking in Jersey Video

July 16th, 2012

A short video from Walks Around Britain about our guided walks in Jersey to Seymour Tower and “Moonwalks” on the seabed.

I look forward to seeing the full version.

Look closely at 0.50 and how the gaps in the rocks look like a cut path. We suspect this was made to enable carts to gather seaweed or Vraic in Jersey. The track is about the right width of a Vraicing cart.

In the past Vraicing (or seaweed gathering) was an important task and the cut  Vraic was used as fertilizer on the land.

Derek Hairon

Stay the night in Seymour Tower.As seen on BBC Coast

June 10th, 2012

It is not just Miranda Krestovnikoff of BBC Coast who can stay overnight in Seymour Tower Jersey. We arrange stays in Seymour Tower 

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