Jersey Heritage Festival 2016 Dates Announced

German Resistance Nests Le Braye & La Carriere, and Action Post Höhe 201

Date: Sunday 27th March 2pm
Location: Meet in front of Le Braye Café, St Brelade
Difficulty: Easy, but with a short steep climb at the end
Distance: 2 miles
Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: £10.00 PP

This tour with CIOS Guide Tony Pike, visits some of the first fortifications to be built during the Occupation - looking at anti-tank walls and entering multiple bunkers under CIOS care.

Fully photographically interpreted with archive photographs, with a history of the extensive minefields and a walk up the sand dunes to an observation post that has panoramic views over St Ouen’s Bay.

German Strongpoint Corbiere

Date: Sunday 3rd April 2pm
Location: Meet at the top ice cream kiosk car park, St Brelade
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 0.5 miles
Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: £10.00 PP

Join CIOS Guide Tony Pike to look at German fortifications, above and below ground! There is a unique M19 mortar bunker which has been renovated to a very high standard, and is connected by a tunnel to a machine-gun bunker, plus a restored casemate that retains its original 10.5cm coastal defence gun, and a well-preserved Type 606 searchlight bunker.

This tour includes interior visits to the M19 Mortar & 10.5cm Jäger Casemate bunker. Interpreted with Archive Photographs & including a guide booklet.

German Strongpoint Plemont

Date: Saturday, 23 April 2.30pm
Location: Meet at bus stop in main car park, St Ouen
Difficulty: Moderate with one inclined section
Distance; 0.5 miles
Duration 1.5 hours
Cost: £5.00 PP

CIOS Guide Matthew Costard, will take you on a tour of the German fortifications of Strongpoint Plemont. The clearance of the former holiday camp has uncovered several Occupation structures that were previously inaccessible, and the walk, which will be fully interpreted with photographic archive material, will provide a fascinating insight into their design and function.

The German Defences of Ouaisné and St Brelade’s Bay

Date: Sunday 24th April at 2pm
Location: Meet at Ouaisné beach public car park, St Brelade
Difficulty: Mainly easy with short moderate climb
Distance: 2.5 miles
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
Cost: £10.00 PP

The walk with CIOS Guide Alex Fearn will include a review of the German infantry defence positions and bunkers which lined the bay and will cover the strongpoint, resistance nests and minefields which formed part of the defensive network, using period photographs and reports.

The geology, flora and fauna will be explained together with the other landmarks being La Cotte, the Conway towers, St Brelade’s Church together with the German soldier rest houses, German graveyard and a WWII plane crash site. This walk will take in the entire sweep of the two bays.

Tour of the German Kriegsmarine Battery Lothringen and American PT 509 memorial ceremony

Date: Sunday 8th May 1.30pm
Location: Meet at Noirmont Point car park, St Brelade
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 2 miles
Duration: 3 hours
Cost: £10.00 PP

Battery Lothringen was the only German naval artillery battery to be established in Jersey during the Occupation, and once sprawled over the whole Noirmont headland - which today is the Island’s official war memorial. CIOS Guide Tony Pike will lead the walk, which will include a visit to the restored Type M132 Command Bunker, as well as the various gun emplacements and shelters.

A PT 509 memorial ceremony, conducted by CIOS Guide Alex Fearn, will take place at 3pm as part of the Battery Lothringen tour. This memorial is the only one dedicated to PT boat action anywhere in the world and is located just to the east of the main car park.

Interpreted with Archive Photographs & including a guide booklet.

The German Heer Battery Moltke & walk to the German Kriegsmarine MP3 radar tower

Date: Monday 9th May (Liberation Day) 2pm
Location: Meet at Battery Moltke car park , Les Landes Common, St Ouen
Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 3 miles
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: £10.00 PP including guide booklet.

Battery Moltke is a very large series of artillery gun emplacements and underground complexes. The No.4 gun position has been under CIOS care since 1979 – it has been renovated and interpreted to a very high standard, and even has an original gun on display!

Battery Moltke’s CIOS Team Leader, Tony Pike, will give an unrivalled fully guided tour of the fortifications, culminating in a visit to the unique, impressive MP3 observation and radar tower.

CIOS Collection, colour images by Tony Pike