About St Pierre du Bois
Looking towards Lihou Island, Fort Saumarez and the RAMSAR site
St Pierre du Bois, now more commonly known as St Peter's is one of 10 parishes in Guernsey, the second largest of the Channel Islands. One of the western 'country' parishes, it is bordered on three sides by Torteval, St Saviours, and the Forest.
The island’s first RAMSAR site is located in the north west of St Pierre du Bois, taking in Lihou Island and the Colin Best Nature Reserve.
The sandy beaches of L’Eree and Rocquaine are popular with visitors and locals alike during the summer, and provide fascinating coastal walks throughout the year. Floral St Peter's first ever Vraic Day took place on L'Eree in May 2015 to celebrate a tradition stretching back 400 years. Vraic (seaweed) was gathered from our shores first by horse or oxen and cart and then by lorry and tractor to use as a fertiliser on crops. Today we encourage parishioners to use vraic, rich in trace elements, as a mulch or in compost heaps - it's free and can be collected between July and April.
Inland, quiet country lanes meander through the parish, and a winding cliff path which tops picturesque rugged cliffs to the south continues east as far as town.
And our village area boasts a post office, bank, shops, church and pub where we all catch up on the latest parish news!
Find out more about areas to visit in St Pierre du Bois:
Fort Grey, Shipwreck museum
Or the Cup and Saucer as it is known locally, is a ‘Martello’ tower built in 1806 to defend the bay from French attack. It now houses a museum which tells the story of the many terrible shipwrecks that have occurred on Guernsey’s treacherous west coast. Open April 1 - October 30, daily 10am - 4.30pm. There is an admission charge.
The most westerly point in the Channel Islands. It is an important conservation area. The ruined priory is thought to be the largest religious relic in the Bailiwick. The island is administered by the Lihou Charitable Trust. It is accessible at low tide.
Guernsey's first RAMSAR site takes in La Société Guernesiaise nature reserves, National Trust properties, dolmen, L'Eree coastal area and Lihou Island. (Ramsar is an international convention which seeks to protect important wetland habitats.)There is a circular walk of 2.5 miles around site.
Our Green Lane Walks Book is available at the Post Office or by contacting Sue de Laune at or 264238.
Annual events in the parish:
Rocquaine.Regatta - Saturday 27 July 2019. Rocquaine.
A full day of entertainment, activities and fun, on stage, on the beach and in the sea. With something suitable for all ages why not come along and join us for a great day. The event is free and there is also free entry to Fort Grey, Maritime Museum.
West Show Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th August 2019. L'Eree
Now in its 103rd year the West show is a traditional agricultural and horticultural country show and is the highlight of the summer for both visitors and western parishioners alike. The famous annual pageant this year celebrates our tomato industry ....