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My Island! « Daniel Halksworth's Blog


My Island!

Okay so its blog time……..now what do you write for you’re first blog!? Seeing as one of my nicknames in camp is “Jersey Boy” I thought I would write a little bit about ‘MY’ island as I am a very proud islander and not being bias but I honestly do believe it is one of the most beautiful places in the world.


So Jersey is a small island and is a British Crown Dependency off the coast of Normandy, France. Around 90,000 people live on the island mainly in our main parish of St Helier. As well as the island of Jersey itself, the bailiwick includes two groups of small islands that are no longer permanently inhabited, the Minquires and Ecrehous.

Small group of islands only 20 minutes from Grouville Bay

Together with the Bailiwick of Guernsey, it forms the grouping known as the Channel Islands. Like the Isle of Man, Jersey is a separate possession of the Crown and is not part of the United Kingdom. It has an international identity different from that of the UK. The United Kingdom is constitutionally responsible for the defence of Jersey; we are also not part of the European Union but have a special relationship with it, being treated as part of the European Community for the purposes of free trade in goods. Jersey’s economy is based on financial services, tourism, electronic commerce and agriculture; financial services contribute approximately 60 percent of the island’s economy. The island is recognised as one of the leading offshore financial centres.

The Jersey Royal Potato is widely recognised and annually export of the crop has a market value of £35million! The Jersey Cow is also known throughout the world for its rich and creamy milk.

Bet more than one person reading this has tucked in to a bowl of these!

Jersey measures 118.2 square kilometres, including reclaimed land and intertidal zone. It lies in the English Channel, approximately 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 miles) from the Normandy Peninsula in France and approximately 87 nautical miles (161 km; 100 mi) south of Great Britain. It is the largest and southernmost of the Channel Islands.

St Aubins Harbour.....home to some of the best restaurants and bars in the island.

The climate is temperate with mild winters and cool summers. The average annual temperature on the island is 11.6 °C. The mean annual total sunshine is 1912 hours. Although this is a mean the island can get very warm with most of the beaches around the island being full during the summer. The terrain for cycling consists of a plateau sloping from long sandy bays in the south to rugged cliffs in the north. The plateau is cut by valleys running generally north-south.

Jersey history is influenced by its strategic location between the northern coast of France and the southern coast of England; the island’s recorded history extends over a thousand years.

Evidence of Bronze Age and early Iron Age settlements can be found in many locations around the island. Archaeological evidence of Roman influence has been found, in particular the coastal headland site at Le Pinacle, Les Landes. (this probably isn’t very interesting to most of you)!

In recognition for help given to him during his exile in Jersey in the 1640s, Charles II gave George Carteret bailiff and governor, a large grant of land in the American Colonies, which he promptly named New Jersey…….so for all those that ask where I am from and when I say Jersey with my English accent and then reply to me saying…oh “New Jersey” don’t be surprised if i get annoyed!

During World War II, Jersey was occupied by Nazi Germany from 1 July 1940 until 9 May 1945 (when Germany surrendered). Scattered around the island are memories of the past with fortifications and bunkers along the coastline. I even have a German bunker under my house!

Gorey Castle which was heavily fortified during WW11

So as you can see Jersey has plenty to offer for everyone. Its also a great place to train, cycling can be very tough along the north coast of the Island and it has numerous cliff path trails that can really push you to you’re limits but the great thing about the island is whilst you are working hard you can also enjoy the views along the coast of France or that “smaller’ Island of Guernsey. Jersey has a rivalry between Guernsey very similar to that of England vs Scotland!!

If Jersey sounds like an interesting place for you to visit or even for a training holiday just get in touch and i will be more than willing to give you all the info you need!

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