Alderney: a great escape destination.

While we’ve all heard of Jersey and Guernsey, Alderney is one of the lesser known Channel Islands and as such remains quite unaffected by the outside world, making it a great escape destination. With a rich array of wildlife and beautiful and interesting routes to walk, it’s a peace seeker’s paradise. There are some World War two batteries to view, some excellent golf courses where you can practise your swing, and the cliff backed bays are hidden gems.

Base yourself in the island’s capital, Saint Anne’s, a picturesque town with cobbled streets and white washed houses and the stunning Cathedral of the Channel Islands at its centre. Visit the standard gauge railway, the only one in the Channel Islands which has some ex-London Underground coaches.

Now is a great time to book, with Alderney Week set to kick off at the end of the month. From the 30th of July to the 6th of August, a festival atmosphere takes over the whole island with the usual 2,400 population doubling and 130 events planned. Each year the carnival has a different theme so check out www.alderneyweek.net for further details and be prepared to don your fancy dress.

You can fly to Alderney from Southampton with Aurigny Services (www.aurigny.com) or Blue Islands (www.blueislands.com) and from major UK airports via Guernsey.

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