Greve de Lecq is probably the most popular of the beaches on Jersey’s north coast. Easy access coarse golden sand and excellent facilities make this beach a hit with families of all ages. The name Greve de Lecq is translated into English as sandy shore line.
The high cliffs surrounding the beach shelter it from most winds but also take away the sunshine in the late afternoon. Sitting up on those same cliffs is an Iron age hill-fort and more modern defences including a German Bunker and Napoleonic barracks are close to the beach.
The Barracks are open as a museum during the summer season. Constructed two hundred years ago these are the last remaining barracks left in Jersey.
There are several different cafes and restaurants next to
the beach and pubs within easy walking distance. Parking is easy and close to the beach, there is also a regular bus service in the summer season from St Helier.
Greve de Lecq has one of the best waves in Jersey when there is a big swell and if you are lucky enough to be at the beach on one of those days it will be full of local surfers.
There is a stream which flows into the sea and cuts a channel through the sand. This stream is the focal point for many children who attempt to dam it and play in it.
The pier on the left of the bay is popular with fishermen who can often be seen casting their lines into the sea in the hope of landing a Sea Bass. The pier was originally planned to be bigger but the money was diverted to the St Helier harbour which is why it is so short today.
The lifeguards you will see here are part of the RNLI and usually come from Australia to work the summer season in Jersey.
The main annoyance on the beach is the seagulls which find it much easier to steal sandwiches on the beach than catch fish out at sea. It is hard to find fault with this beach and if you get bored ask a local and smile, there is even secret hidden beach you can explore at Greve de Lecq.
Parking: Easy and rarely gets full
Access: Easy down the slip or steps
Refreshments: Excellent Cafe’s Pubs and a Restaurant
Deck Chair Hire: Yes
Water sports: Surfing on a big swell
Disabled Toilets: Yes