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Walk guides think of offering more for next summer

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GUIDES from Guernsey Town and Coastal Walks have plans to expand for the next summer season.

The Town and Coastal Walk tour guides met to review their summer season and plan for 2020. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 26330623)

The team of 20 are putting on one walk per week throughout the winter, which will become daily in time for the summer’s tourists.

The warmer months will also see the coastal walks get back under way and these will have starting points from L’Ancresse to Pleinmont, running every Saturday at 11am.

Accredited guide and advertising manager Ann Outram said: ‘Every day at 10.30am our walks will commence from St Peter Port and on the days where a big cruise ship is in the Russel we will be putting on two walks to meet the extra demand, otherwise it isn’t fair on those coming for a walk because there are too many on it and the guided walks should be quite a personal experience.

‘There are about 20 of us on the team so this averages out at about three to four walks a month. Then we also have some additions who come in to do the coastal walks.’

The number of participants in Town walks was very slightly higher this year compared with last – 1,229 walkers in 2019, six above 2018’s total.

However April was significantly better – 142 to 68.

Town walks accredited guide Jacqueline Ward said: ‘We had a great start in April, which was significantly higher than the previous year. We started to lose from July, I suspect that this is more competition and the need to promote the walks actively. We did finish six up on the previous year.’

The team is deciding whether to raise the price of the walks or otherwise.

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The guide giving the walk will receive £8 per person, but if only one turns up then it is only an £8 take-home.

Therefore after three years of £8 per person and five years before that of £7 per person, the figure may be raised to £10 per person to allow the organisation to keep going.

Guernsey Guided Town Walks is now on Instagram and has recently been launched on two new apps, Explore Guernsey and Enjoy Guernsey.

Yves Le

By Yves Le
News reporter

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