Dates: 26 – 29 January 2018
Price: from £650pp
EXPLORE JERSEY’S RUGGED COASTLINES, HIDDEN BAYS AND STUNNING COVES FROM A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON THIS WINTER SWIM AND WALK WEEKEND.This trip is a unique opportunity to experience the best swimming Jersey has to offer, with gentle coastal walks and bracing ocean dips. Our swims on this tour are planned extremely carefully, taking into account Jersey’s large and powerful tides and the chilly water temperature at this time of year. This is a fun and friendly tour, everyone with a pair of walking boots, a cossie and a sense of adventure is welcome.
ABOUT JERSEYThe largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey is an open water swimmer’s dream destination. Its astonishing tides have shaped the island, leaving a fantastic variety of coastline: long sandy bays in the south, and dramatic rugged coastal cliffs in the north. Jersey lies in the English Channel, about 22km from the Contention Peninsula in Normandy, and about 160km south of Great Britain. The temperate climate means relatively mild winters, and long warm summers.
ABOUT ST BRELADES BAY HOTELOur base for the Jersey winter weekend is the St Brelades Bay Hotel. With unspoilt views of the Atlantic Ocean and sandy St Brelades bay on the doorstep, this is an ideal place to cosy up for a weekend of swimming and walking adventure. Click here for The Telegraph Travel review.
IS THIS WINTER TRIP FOR ME?During the weekend, we will complete two coastal walks and two swims a day. You are very welcome to participate in as much or as little as you wish, however you should be comfortable walking along coastal paths for at least an hour in duration. In terms of your swimming – all abilities are welcome, you just need to bring a sense of adventure! You are welcome to swim with or without a wetsuit. Swims will be short in duration and adapted based on your experience, ability, the weather and the water temperature. If you’re unsure, please don’t hesitate to contact the office for a chat. This trip is ideal for anyone looking for a pampered weekend away, with a combination of relaxation and activity.
AT A GLANCE:
- Places available from £650pp
- This trip is ideal for anyone looking for a pampered weekend away, with a combination of swimming, walking, wonderful food and time to relax
- Two swims and two coastal walks a day (all optional)
- This trip runs from Friday at 2pm to Monday at 10am
- Non-swimmers are welcome to join the trip and walk with us. There is no non-swimmer discount for this trip.
- Max group size 12
- Water temperature in January is between 6-10OC
- Everything included except transport to St Brelade’s Bay Hotel, lunches and any alcohol purchases
- Three night’s accommodation at the 4* St Brelade’s Bay Hotel
- Half board - breakfast and a three course dinner (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
- A fully guided swimming itinerary, based on two swims a day
- Travel between swims
- Group coastal walks
- Qualified SwimQuest guide/s, plus a local guide
- Optional stroke video analysis and one-to-one swim coaching sessions in the hotel pool
- Use of the hotel’s indoor health club
- A 10l SwimQuest dry bag and a SwimQuest swim cap
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Travel to and from St Brelades Hotel
- Any alcohol purchases
- Wetsuit hire (please bring your own wetsuit if you would like to swim in one)
- Any additional items or activities you wish to participate in outside of the tour schedule
ST BRELADE'S BAY HOTELFirst founded in the 19th century, St Brelades Bay Hotel is steeped in history and has been welcoming guests for many years. The entire hotel was lovingly refurbished recently to the highest standard. Located on the renowned St Brelade's Bay and set in 5 acres of gardens, this is a great place to enjoy spectacular unspoiled views of the Atlantic Ocean. Facilities include a swimming pool, beautiful gardens, and an Indoor Spa and Health Club.
Click here to read The Telegraph’s review of St Brelade’s Bay Hotel, and for a useful gallery of images.
Room optionsThe tour price of £650pp is based on sharing a twin / double room. If you would like a room of your own, the price is £975pp. Please let us know when booking which room type you would like.
- Breakfasts and dinners: served at St Brelade’s Bay Hotel and are part of your SwimQuest package.
- Lunches: depending on where we are swimming, we will take you to our favourite local cafes. Lunches are not included in your trip price.
If you have particular dietary requirements, we are happy to cater for you, please just let us know in advance.
ITINERARYN.B. Please note, this is a rough guide to the weekend. We will adapt the week carefully for each individual and the prevailing weather. All swim activities are planned with safety as the paramount concern.
FridayThe tour starts at 2pm. On arrival at the hotel, we will gather for a safety briefing before heading down to St Brelade's Bay for our first swim. Following the swim, we will return to the hotel, get changed and then meet for dinner.
Saturday: AM Walk: Hotel – Portelet Bay (approx. 1 hour) & swim at Portelet PM – Greve de Lecq & coastal walkFollowing breakfast, we will walk along the coast to picturesque Portelet Bay for a bracing dip and a swim around Janvrin’s Tomb. After our swim, we will drive you to a local café for a much deserved lunch stop. In the afternoon, we will drive to Greve de Lecq for a shorter swim in this popular golden bay. After the swim, there will be the chance to complete a coastal walk along the north west coast for anyone who wishes, before dinner.
AM – Walk: Corbiere Lighthouse to Ouaisne (50 mins – 1 hour) & swim at Ouaisne PM – Plemont Bay (30 min – 1 hour swim)On Sunday morning we will visit Corbiere lighthouse, and walk along the coast to Ouaisne, for our first swim. After a lunch in one of Ouaisne’s beachside cafes, we will then drive to Plemont Bay for afternoon swim and the chance to explore the caves and waterfall. In the evening we will finish off the day with dinner at a local restaurant.
Monday AM – Belcroute Bay sunrise swimWe will get up early on Monday morning and drive to Belcroute Bay for a sunrise swim. Following the swim, we will head back to the hotel for a well-deserved breakfast, followed by departures.
GETTING THEREWe will meet at St Brelades Bay Hotel for 2pm on Friday.
ADDRESS:La Route de la Baie, St Brelade, Jersey JE3 8EF, Channel Islands. Tel: 01534 746 141
BY AIRGuests are advised to fly to Jersey airport. We recommend searching for your flights via skyscanner.net to find the best deal. There is a local bus from the airport to the hotel, or pick up an airport taxi for around £20.
BY SEACondor ferries operate regular ferries from Poole Harbour (4 hours) and from Portsmouth (8 hours). Visit condorferries.co.uk for times and prices. If you wish to travel by ferry, you may arrive later in the evening on the Friday. This is not a problem, please just let us know when you plan to arrive and we can brief / meet you after the Friday evening swim.
CHECKOUTCheckout is at 10am.
READY TO BOOK?We’re excited about meeting you in Jersey. To book your trip, simply fill in the booking form below. Once you have submitted the form, Charlotte (our bookings co-ordinator) will be in touch to request payment and to help you with any additional requirements.
A deposit of 30% is required to secure your place, and the final payment is due 8 weeks prior to departure. Payments can be made by debit / credit card, by cheque, or by bank transfer.
TERMS AND CONDITIONSIn booking with us, you accept our terms and conditions, which can be found here. If at any point you have any questions, feel free to contact us:
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