Herm

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Introduction

Herm is one of the Channel Islands and part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, located in the English Channel, northwest of France and south of England. It is 2.4 kilometres long and under 0.8 kilometres wide; orientated north-south, with several stretches of sand along its northern coast. Guernsey lies to the west and Jersey to the southeast, and the smaller island of Jethou is just off the southwest coast.

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Geography

In the northern part of the island are the Le Petit Monceau and Le Grande Monceau hills. To the north of this is a common, leading to Mouisonniere Beach on the northern coast, with Oyster Point in the northwestern corner and La Pointe du Gentilhomme or Alderney Point at the northeastern corner. To the east of the common is Shell Beach and to the west is The Bear's Beach, leading down to the harbour. Half of the coastline of the northern part of the island is surrounded by sandy beaches; the southern half is rocky. Much of Herm's bedrock is granite. In 2008, Adrian Heyworth, who was at the time the island's tenant, said that two or three metres of sand were being lost annually at Alderney Point

Off the northwestern coast of Herm is the islet of Le Plat Houmet, and beyond that Fondu, which like Herm belongs to Guernsey. In Belvoir Bay on the eastern side of the island are the islets of Mouliere, situated off Frenchman's Point which is to the northeast of the manor village, and Caquorobert. To the south of this off the southeastern coast is Puffin Bay, which contains the islet of Putrainez near the coast and the islet of Selle Rocque further out to the south. The far southwestern point of the island is Point Sauzebourge, and Bishop's Cove is just to the north of this. North of the cove and south along the beach from the harbour and White House are the Rosiere Steps, with a quarry and cottage of the same name in the vicinity. The Mouette and Percee reefs are offshore here. Hermetier, along known as Rat's Island, lies about 250 metres off the western coast between Fisherman's Beach and The Bear's Beach, to the north of the harbour, linked by a low causeway from the beach.

The isle of Jethou is around 1.2 kilometres to the southwest beyond Point Sauzebourge. It is possible that in AD 709 a storm washed away the strip of land that connected Jethou to Herm. About 215 metres off the northern coast of Jethou is the islet of Crevichon.

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Getting There

By Boat

The Herm Trident Ferry sails daily from the St Peter Port Harbour on Guernsey. It usually leaves from 'Cambridge Steps' but can also depart from either the 'Weighbridge' or 'Inter-Island Quay' depending on the height of the tide. The first and last boats always leave from Cambridge Steps. You will be told from where the boat will depart as you buy your ticket from the Trident Kiosk located at the 'Weighbridge'. If you are in any doubt telephone either the kiosk on +44 1481 721379 or Herm Island on +44 1481 722377.

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Getting Around

As there are no cars or motorbikes on Herm, you have to walk, except from the harbor steps where a tractor can be arranged to come and pick you up.

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Eat

The Mermaid Tavern is a pub like area in which you can eat outdoors. There is also the White House, which is more of a restaurant, and has dining areas inside or outside.

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Sleep

There is currently only one hotel on Herm, The White House Hotel (+44 1481 722159). There are also several self-catering cottages and a camping ground. All accommodation facilities on the island are run by the family firm that own the head lease on the island.

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