Thursday, 31 March 2011

ST OUEN'S BAY

This bay, on the west coast of Jersey. has a vast sandy beach stretching for 5 miles from end to end which is very popular for surfing due to the fact that it is right in the line of fire of the westerly winds which prevail here. There are many relics of the German wartime occupation dotted around Jersey, and several of them can be found in St Ouen’s Bay. At La Carriere there is a twin bunker complex housing a tank turret, railway truck and searchlight. At Val de la Mar there is a heavy machine-gun turret bunker, and there are gun emplacements and underground bunkers at Les Landes. These and the other wartime relics on the island are lovingly cared for by a voluntary society called the Channel Islands Occupation Society. Whether or not you are interested in the history of the Second World War, they make a different sort of tourist sight. An earlier relic in this part of the island is the Kempt Tower, a martello tower dating from 1834, which is now an interpretation centre for Les Mielles conservation area.

Map of the area.

St Ouen's Bay from La Sergentéphoto © 2005 Man vyi | more info (via: Wylio)

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