Thursday, October 30, 2014

Le Catel de Lecq

Le Catel de Lecq is an iron age hill which dominates the headland to the east of Greve de Lecq, possibly the finest beach for sea kayaking on the north coast of Jersey.  I must have paddled past it hundreds of times, in addition to passing by numerous times on the landward side.  It wasn't until this week though that I made the effort to climb to the summit.
It was well worth visiting it as it is one of the best preserved defensive earthworks on the Island.  In recent months the defenses have been improved with the introduction of a number of very inquisitive Manx four horned sheep, so if visiting ensure that the gate is firmly closed.

The fort seen from close to the road, minus the sheep
 Just a few of the many sheep which were grazing on the slopes and in the surrounding fields.
 Nicky on the way up.
 Looking east from the summit.  Directly below the fort are a number of the more interesting caves to be found on the Island
 Looking down on Greve de Lecq and the coast running west towards Plemont.
Nicky on the summit ridge, it was narrower than we imagined.
 Approaching Greve de Lecq from the Paternosters.  Le Catel de Lecq is the distinctive hill above the kayakers.  How many people passing by realize that it is man made?

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