It is 5 kilometres long and 2.4 kilometres wide. The area is 8 km2 large, making it the third-largest island of the Channel Islands, and the second largest in the Bailiwick. It is around 16 kilometres to the west of La Hague on the Cotentin Peninsula, Normandy, in France, 30 kilometres to the north-east of Guernsey and almost 100 kilometres from the south coast of the UK. It is the closest of the Channel Islands to both France and the United Kingdom. It is separated from Cap de la Hague by the dangerous Alderney Race. Alderney is similar to the other Channel Islands in having sheer cliffs broken by stretches of sandy beach and dunes. The highest point is on the central plateau of the island at 90 metres.
Alderney has a typical maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters. Temperatures in summer average around 20 °C during the day or a bit less. Winters are generally above zero with a few degrees below zero sometimes at night. Variations in temperatures, both between summer and winter as well as between days in the seasons, are low. Rain is possible year round, though autumn and winter is a bit wetter compared to the late spring and summer season.
Alderney is a small island, and in good weather, there's really nowhere that isn't within walking distance. Bicycles can also be hired.
During the summer, there is a regular bus service round the island and even a railway service between Braye and the north of the island.
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