Week 51

Wednesday 23rd December 2015 – 51/52 – Pleinmont to Pembroke Bay.
What a beautiful sunny morning for the penultimate leg of this 52nd week of my charity walks throughout 2015! It was great to have Clive along with me again this morning, who will, to his huge credit and with huge commitment, have done 33 of these legs with me when we finish on the 30th December.Fort Grey
Walking past Fort Grey for the last time this year brought the memories flooding back, from many swimming in this area in warm, sunny conditions to the waves smashing over the sea wall and covering the road in seaweed and pebbles in more stormy conditions. Talking of seaweed, L’Eree will always remind me of the strong, pungent smell it gives off as there is always a huge amount washed up in this area.
Good weather conditions enabled us to make good time and in no time we were walking through Perelle and onwards to Richmond corner, heading towards the golden sands of Vazon Bay. Much to my surprise the Richmond Kiosk was open and appeared to be doing well from the passing trade who love to park up nearby and use the facility. There were quite a few people on the beach with the tide well out on this mild, sunny morning.
On we went past the ever busy Vistas Cafe at Vazon and around to Albecq. It was great to meet Maya Le Tissier, out road running, heading in the opposite direction to us. Maya has recently been chosen for England Schools under 15s, a tremendous honour for this very talented Guernsey schoolgirl, the first female Guernsey footballer to be chosen to play for England.
North across CoboCobo Bay, bathed in sunshine on this December morning and with the tide well out, looked picture postcard, although there was not a lot of people on the beach, a total contrast to the busy summer months when there are many holidaymakers and locals using the popular resort.
The masses of granite rock around the Grandes Rocques area always look their best in the sunshine and it seemed rather befitting that this was the case today. There was quite a number of people around enjoying the mild and sunny weather, and it was an opportunity also for Clive and myself to reflect on some of our more demanding walks.
The pace of today’s walk meant we were likely to beat my record previous 3 hours time for this leg, set some time ago during one of my solo legs. The temperature must have been around 13/14 degrees as we passed through the Port Soif area; needless to say the Kiosk was open today with customers sitting on the benches outside.
Approaching Rousse brought back some nice memories, none more so than those mouth-watering crab sandwiches that Philippa serves up at the Rousse Kiosk, one of the most popular and picturesque settings on the island, today closed for the winter break.
With the tide well out it would have been quite easy to walk across the picturesque Grande Havre Bay to the other side but we kept to the recognised coastal path that we have trekked along 12 previous times this year. Passing through the play area at Les Amarreurs it was great to see so many parents and grandparents with their children out playing in the area at this time of the year. On and over the golf club and one last look at the sea on its way back in again and the superb beach at Chouet. It was a good day for golfers in these weather conditions as we passed the Golf Club for the very last time this year and home to the bus stop at Pembroke Bay, where we crossed the line at around 12.50, undoubtedly the best time this year for this leg of our round-the-island walks.
We also met up with Juliet Pouteaux and Tom Tardif from the Guernsey Press who, very kindly, are doing an article on the walk we had completed today.

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