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About

Alderney

The northernmost of the Channel Islands and only 8 miles (11 km) from France, Alderney  has a charm all of its own, not least the cobbled Georgian streets in St Anne.

It has all the winning ingredients of a rich history and wildlife, beautiful scenery and beaches, cosy accommodation and genuine hospitality.

Alderney has a mild climate and plenty of sunshine. The maximum summer temperature is 25C with a maximum of 9 sunshine hours daily (April-October).

The Island is just 20 miles north of Guernsey and a 10 minute flight from Guernsey. The airport was the first to be built in the Channel Islands (in 1935) and boasts three runways, although two are grass strips.

Alderney's Braye harbour is picturesque and is protected by the 3,000 feet break-water built by the British to protect the Navy in the 19th century and now maintained by Guernsey.  Many ships over the centuries have floundered around Alderney not least because of the huge tidal swells. The tide in an area south of Alderney known as the Race, runs at up to 11 knots and up to nine knots in the stretch of water between Alderney and Burhou called the Swinge.  The island experiences tides of up to 40 feet.

There is plenty to do including walking the cliffs and country lanes (over 70 Km of them), cycling, golf (a nine hole course) and fishing. The island also has the only functioning railway in the Channel Islands which was used to transport the thousands of tons of granite to build the breakwater and the forts.

The island remains a beautiful place for walking and is well known as a birdwatchers’ paradise. All around the island are Victorian Forts and German defensive positions which signify the strategic importance of the its position so close to France.

 

 

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