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Access to the countryside

Accessing the countryside

Jersey has a network of paths across public and private land in some of the Island’s most beautiful landscapes often through the Jersey National Park.

The paths are used by an estimated 100,000 people a year.

The Natural Environment Team manages 70 km of public access to the Jersey countryside. There are a number of other agencies who provide public access including the National Trust for Jersey, Jersey Water, the Parishes, and private individuals.

Countryside Access Strategy for Jersey 2016

Types of paths and who can use them

​Type of pathWho can use them​
​Footpath​Pedestrian only
​Cycle track​Cyclists and pedestrian use only
​Bridle path​Horse riders and pedestrian use only
​Multi use ​All non-motorised users
​Farm/access track​​All users including motorised
​Road​All users including motorised

Countryside Access Map

To comment or for more information, email yourpaths@gov.je

Levels of difficulty

​Level of difficulty​Description
​Easy access​Flat, or slight gradient tarmacked, no steps (suitable for most wheelchairs and pushchairs)
​Easy​Flat or slight gradient, not tarmacked, no steps
​Moderate ​Uneven surface, some steps or other obstacles
​Hard ​Uneven surface with trip hazards, steps or other obstacles, steep gradients

Codes of conduct

Many paths cross private land thanks to the goodwill of landowners. These paths take visitors to some of the Island's most remote and environmentally sensitive wild areas.

To help everyone to share, respect, protect and enjoy the outdoors:

  • you should behave responsibly, be courteous and respect other users
  • pedestrians then animals should be given priority
  • always follow the Countryside Code
  • when walking on roads follow the Jersey Highway Code
  • follow advice and local signs
  • keep to the left when approaching others
  • travel at a speed that is appropriate to the conditions and make sure you are able to stop quickly if you need to
  • call out or use a bell when approaching others from behind
  • animals such as dogs, farm animals and horses are unpredictable, keep your speed down, allow them plenty of space and be prepared to stop if you need to
  • always keep your dog under effective control and clear up after it. Keep your dog on a lead where requested

Suggested routes

Map of footpaths by levels of difficulty

Map of round Island walk

Map of cycle network

Map of Jersey Riding Club routes

We work with other access providers and landowners. You can find out more on their websites:

Track My Bus is an online service that provides close to real time locations for all the buses on the island. It also has information on all the routes and accessible timetables.

Report a problem with Love Jersey

Love Jersey is an app and website you can use to report a problem that needs attention. This can include things like overhanging trees, or damage to footpaths. When using the app you'll be asked to provide information about the issue, location and send a photo.

Active Jersey Strategy

Jersey Sport will be launching their 'Inspiring an Active Jersey' strategy in 2019. The strategy encompasses all departments and islanders and sees physical activity of a national concern that impacts us all.

Inspiring an Active Jersey Strategy

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