Top 5 reasons why we love life in the English Channel

6th May 2021

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Author: Locate Guernsey

Whilst hosting our Spring Forum webinar on Thursday 6th May, it gave the Locate Guernsey team a chance to reflect on some of the reasons why we enjoy life in Guernsey. In this article we have taken the opportunity to share the top five reasons why we love life in the English Channel.  

1) Mental health benefits

Spending time in ‘blue spaces’ is proven to have a positive impact on our mental wellbeing. From the sound of waves lapping the shore and distant sounds from swooping seabirds to peaceful beach walks, having the ocean right on our doorstep works wonders for stress levels.

2) An abundance of fresh seafood

Whether it’s a light lunch or a restaurant dinner with a view, living in Guernsey means that you will always be able to enjoy locally caught fish and seafood such as crab, lobster, scallops, bass and mackerel. Or, if you’re looking for something a bit more relaxed, it’s hard to beat classic British Fish and Chips while catching a sunset on your way home from work.

3) Sea swimming

Open water swimming has surged in popularity over the last few years and, here in Guernsey, that trend continues to grow. Locals love an early morning or end of day dip, regardless of the time of year. This activity links back to the mental health benefits that spending time in and around the sea can offer and this also includes cardiovascular benefits and a boost to the immune system.

4) Boat trips and leisure activities

Lots of people who live in Guernsey spend their weekends out on the water paddleboarding, kayaking, surfing, coasteering, sailing, fishing or simply enjoying short boat trips to some of our neighbouring islands including Herm Island. For those who would rather stay dry, Guernsey’s gorgeous coastal views still make for some fantastic photo opportunities.

5) Proximity to France

Although the situation with COVID-19 has resulted in travel restrictions across the globe, there is hope for the near future. A ferry from Guernsey to France takes just less than two hours and, before the pandemic took hold, thousands of islanders enjoyed holidaying in Europe. It may have been a little while since we’ve been able to cruise across the English Channel, but we’re looking forward to eventually being able to revisit our favourite French towns.

If you would like to find out more about life in Guernsey, please contact the Locate Guernsey team

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