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Simply Sark

If you are looking for a holiday, an hour away from London, graced by the weather England only dreams of and a thousand miles away from the shackles of technology look no further than Sark.
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I have been lucky enough to visit this lovely little island twice. My latest visit was last year with the boyfriend.

Now if this is somewhere away from the realms of technology, “what is there to do?” I hear you say, as you type a tweet, whilst liking everything on instagram and loling at Facebook posts.

Well firstly, I fibbed a little it’s quite well supplied with WiFi and mobile signal. But there are no cars on the island, just a few tractors – one is the islands ambulance!

We stayed at the ever gorgeous Stocks hotel, the only independently owned hotel on the island (and the best in my view), read more here.

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From Stocks there are stunning walks through mystical woods down to secluded beaches. A fantastic investment before you go is Sark coasts and caves by John La Trobe-Bateman, a book with plenty of routes and scrambles around the island.

If you prefer a personal touch why not hop on George’s Boat at Creux harbour, he’ll give you a tour round the island letting you in on island life and all the best bits to see and do in Sark! He’s a fountain of knowledge – who never seems to age as I had nearly 10 years between my visits but still looks exactly the same.
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George’s Boat trips cannot come highly reccomended enough! If you’ve been to Sark before, or a new comer you get all the local news; ideas of what to do; panoramic views; it’s great for seeing all the wildlife Sark has and on a sunny day you get a good tan too (don’t forget suncream!).

Sark is a relatively small island so easy enough to walk to from one end to the other in a day, but if you fancy traveling a little quicker there are plenty of places to hire bikes on Sark, I recommend the bike shop A to B cycles. The location alone is exciting down mermaid lane – now if I could be anything it’s a toss up between a mermaid or a pirate, so have a stop by the Mermaid tavern on your return for me, please.

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Our first stop on the bikes was la Seigneurie gardens. The air was heavy with rose petals and fog, whilst the gardens were in full bloom.
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Complete with a dovecot, such luxuries were reserved for La Seigneure alone.

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You can wind your way out of the gardens and along the cliffs to the window in the rock – a man-made marvel to spy at passing ships and take in the sea air. You may even be able to spot George out in his boat!

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As the lazy mist started to lift and we weaved our way out of the gardens, we continued our journey to little Sark – myself taking extra care over the ever so tiny strip of land connecting little Sark to big Sark. Finally arriving at La Sablonnarie , which serves the best afternoon tea on the island. Due to Stocks breakfasts being so hearty and the warmth when we arrived, we only had room for a scone each and a little tea.

Then back on ya bike down the winding lane to the east coast of little Sark to find the ever elusive Venus pool.
Venus pool is a natural pool in the rock, reachable only at low tide.
We got to the cliffs edge and scrambled down on our search, waving at George’s Boat on our way down and round the corner to see our site for the next few ours of bathing in both Sun and water.

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You can locate this when out at sea by a rock that looks like a butterfly.
The water was icely refreshing whilst the sun kept you warm enough to want more. So we wallowed in the shallows and jumped from the heights till our hearts were content and our stomachs were hungry. Clambering up the cliffs and back to fill our bellies at Stocks!

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Another recommendation from George was Epiquerie landing and la fontaine bay, this man made rock pool was crafted by none other than George’s father so the children could paddle in the shallows, whilst stalking fish and other underwater creatures through the seaweed.

One thing we didn’t get to do, but certainly will have to go back for is the coasteering! I’d love to explore through the caves and other out of reach places from land – plus may boost the CV for any future pirate/mermaid related revealry.

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