Have you ever been somewhere that’s so special you want to tell everyone about it but at the same time keep it all to yourself?
Sark isn’t new to the blog, I wrote about it here, here and here, but on our week long trip there this summer I discovered so much more. I gave away a few locations on Instagram and eventually decided it would be too selfish to keep all the details to myself. So I’m going to show you the best bits.
For those new to Sark – it’s a tiny island off the coast of Guernsey, just three miles long and one mile wide. It has no cars and a population of less than 600 people.
Our visit this year was part of our Channel Island hopping holiday, the aim was to see the island in all its summer glory but to also spend some quality time with James’ family too. Their house is on a cliff top looking out to sea, with most windows facing the ocean. No overlooking neighbours, just the ocean one way and countryside the other.
We were really lucky that we had some great weather and of course plenty of local knowledge to make sure I saw the best bits.
S W I M M I N G S P O T S
There’s only a small number of beaches on the island and most of them require a bit of effort to reach. But what it lacks in convenience, it makes up for with crystal clear waters and hidden swimming spots.
My favourite was Venus Pool, hidden at the bottom of a cliff it’s not all that easy to find. You’d expect it to be signposted and crowded by midday, but you have to work a bit more to get a lot more. Clambouring down a hillside in exchange for a secluded pool all to ourselves? Yes please.
The bathing pools on the Eperquerie are for jumping right into the ocean too.
And Port du Moulin.
Both rugged around the edges, you simply just need to take your pick between a stretch of sand or a pebbly beach.
One word of warning – brace yourself when jumping in, this is the English Channel after all…
S W E E T T R E A T S
Like Cornwall or Devon, you don’t have to go too far to find a cream tea or a spread of homemade cakes.
We tried La Marguerite this time round and I loved the quaint garden, so British.
And if you want some homemade jam, just pick up a jar from the hedgerows and pop your money into the honesty box.
L A S E I G N E U R I E G A R D E N S
I suspect the second I got into La Seigneurie Gardens with my camera James regretted allowing me to discover it. I’m not sure I’ve ever been to such a beautiful summer garden and had it pretty much all to ourselves.
It’s just £5 to enter and there’s no limit on how long you can stay.
You can read about the history of the Seigneurie, but really you’re most likely to amble amongst the flowers aren’t you.
L A W N M O W E R R A C I N G
Most months there’s an event going on in Sark, the Sheep Racing and Folk Festival attract crowds from the Channel Islands and beyond.
The Lawnmower Race is pretty much as you’d imagine, with food, drink and entertainment to keep the crowd going.
S U N S E T S
Oh the sunsets. James’ family home is conveniently placed on the west coast so every night as sunset came around I was peering out of the kitchen window, itching to take a million photos. Here are some of the best.
S T A R G A Z I N G
In 2011 the International Dark Sky Association named Sark the world’s first Dark Sky Island. With a small population, no street lights nor evening traffic, it has one of the darkest and clearest night skies in the world.
I had grand plans to head out somewhere in the middle of the night, but after climbing up and down cliffs during the day, I settled for a spot on the patio.
S I L E N C E
If you visit Sark for one thing, the sheer peaceful silence could easily be one of them in my opinion. It’s such a contrast to a busy life in the city.
I was cycling down the road at about 4.30pm, not a soul in sight and the only sound I could hear was leaves rustling with the ocean breeze.
Have I managed to get Sark on your travel list?
Just in case, here’s a little video to show you around.