The ferry Journey from Poole to Jersey
The ferry between Poole and Jersey is a fast ferry that operates a regular service daily between Poole Harbour and Jersey Harbour. Poole is situated on the south coast of England, Poole is an ideal departure point for your ferry crossing to Jersey. There’s nine crossing weekly and a fast journey time from just 3 hours, making it a convenient way to travel to Jersey.
As you depart from Poole harbour you will see on your right Brownsea Island and maybe even see the ferry taking people there. Brownsea island is a National Trust property famous for being the birthplace of Scouting and Guiding and an unspoilt nature reserve with endangered red squirrel and wading birds.
Poole is blessed with having the largest natural harbour in Europe, making it the second largest in the world! It also boasts a multi award-winning beach.
As you progress further through Poole Harbour you will see Sandbanks on you right which is a small peninsula crossing the mouth of the harbour. It has been called Britain’s Palm Beach and has one of the highest land values in the world.
Next on the Isle of Purbeck on your right you can see Studland a small village followed by the Old Harry Rocks which are two chalk sea stacks located at Handfast Point. These chalk formations are part of the Jurassic coast which stretches all the way west to Exmouth. The last town you will see on Purbeck is the small coastal town of Swanage which is followed by the lighthouse at anvil point.
You are now in the English Channel and although nothing but sea the occasional other vessel and sea birds can be seen from the ferry you can sample the hospitality offered by the Condor Ferries staff.
The cafe has the usual family favourites such as lasagne and curry as well as sandwiches and wraps. there is duty free on board and a bar. You are most welcome to bring your own food and drink on board and there are tables where you can sit and enjoy a meal or snack.
The next land you will see is Ortac a small Island only 70 metres long home to literally thousands of sea birds. Ortac is off the west coast of Alderney which is the next Island you will see and the first of the Channel Islands visible on this crossing.
As you pass Alderney on your right you will see The Casquets on you right where the first lighthouse was built in 1724 to avoid confusion with French lighthouses they are very distinctive and the light from the revolves anti clockwise. Next you pass over Hurd’s Deep which is an undersea valley 172 metres deep. Hurd’s deep has been used as a dumping ground for unwanted military hardware since the first world war.
As you enter deeper into Channel Islands territory you will see Guernsey and Sark on your right and pass the Ecrehous. The Ecrehous were invaded by the French in 1993 and gain in 1994. They landed and erected Norman flags. In the end the French just had lunch on the Islands and left.
As you approach Jersey you are first greeted by Corbiere Lighthouse on the south west tip. You will then come around into St Aubins Bay and so pass Elizabeth castle and enter St Helier Harbour where another journey awaits you. Chances are if you came on the Condor ferry you will also be taking the ferry back from Jersey to Poole.
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