Guernsey lies in the English Channel, off the coast of Normandy. It’s the second largest of the Channel Islands.
In the south, Guernsey rises in a plateau to just over 90 m. The plateau descends in steps and has ragged coastal cliffs. You can get wet feet in the many streams that are flowing northward in deeply incised valleys.
The north of the island is low-lying, although small outcrops of rock form hills. The locals call them ‘hougues’.
During times past the island was a haven for pirates, who lured ships close to its waters.
Dairy farming with the Guernsey breed of cattle is largely confined to the high land in the south. Market gardening is concentrated chiefly in the north, where greenhouses produce tomatoes, flowers and grapes which are mostly exported to England.
Tourism is an important part of Guernsey’s economy.
Football is popular. So is table tennis, played by hundreds of islanders across four senior and two junior leagues. Guernsey also has one of the oldest softball associations in the world.
The island has attended every Commonwealth Games since its debut in 1970, and its first medals came at the Brisbane 1982 Commonwealth Games. Gold followed at Auckland 1990, when Adrian Breton won the Men’s Individual Rapid Fire Pistol competition.
Fun fact: Unlike mainland UK, post and telephone boxes on the island are painted blue.
Sport fact: Former Southampton and England footballer and TV presenter Matt Le Tissier comes from Guernsey.