Explore

Tread, marvel, observe. Enrich your senses and feed your soul!

The park provides a haven, a sanctuary, a play park, an open space and a beautiful stage set in which to relish moments of quiet contemplation, family time, adventure, curiosity, relaxation or affinity with nature.

The park is steeped in history and its stories await discovery by inquisitive minds. The existence of several protected Sites of Special Interest (SSI’s) confirm its many ecological, architectural and cultural credentials. History is also in strong evidence through a profusion of coastal Napoleonic towers and impressive fortifications from the years of Occupation during World War II.

The park has woodland trails, cliff paths, gorse and heather headlands and scores of beaches waiting to be discovered by the intrepid explorer. For the keen hiker, the north coast offers some of the most stunning scenery and colours that rival any National Park. Waterfalls, caves and rockpools delight and provide hours of entertainment for friends and families, year round.

The park has its own offshore reefs that extend and shrink with the movement of some of the biggest tidal ranges in the world. As the tide drops, sand banks and crystal clear lagoons emerge, before disappearing again as the turning tide pours through and fills them up again. Bottlenosed dolphins, grey seals, oystercatchers and terns are just some of the wildlife that you might be lucky enough to encounter if you’re adventurous enough to take to the seas (it’s worth it, we promise). Book your RIB experience with Jersey Seafaris.

The park has an abundance of cafés, pubs, restaurants, hotels and heritage sites, each one waiting to be enjoyed and experienced whether you’re on holiday or celebrating, partying or simply hosting a family get-together. From bacon rolls at the Hungry Man in the pretty harbour of Rozel to fresh seafood cooked before you on the outdoor barbecue at Faulkner Fisheries, there’s so much to enjoy. There’s even the opportunity to forage for edible hedgerow and seashore plants – a wow at a dinner party, the park has it all.

Much of the park’s wildlife reflects on its diversity of landscape habitat. All of the four major woodland valleys are home to red squirrels while resident green lizards and wall lizards inhabit many of the north, west and eastern coastal areas. Many of the bird species found in the UK are quite common throughout the park, although a small woodland bird known as the short-toed treecreeper is not present anywhere in the British Isles.

Between October and March each year, hundreds of wading birds congregate along the shoreline with Brent geese being in particularly good numbers. Little egrets, normally from Africa and the Mediterranean, frequent much of the park’s rocky shoreline. For the keen birdwatcher, the National Trust Wetland Centre in the heart of St Ouen’s Bay is a ‘must visit’.

A full list of things to explore in the park can be found here