Before entering Bonne Nuit Bay - a tiny settlement with just a handful of houses, a small harbour, a bus stop and a beach café -, we came past this structure, left over from the Napoleonic wars:
It is called "La Crête Fort" and was built between 1816 and 1834. Contrary to what we expected, it wasn't open to the public - but it can be rented as a holiday home from Jersey Heritage Trust.
A panoramic view of Bonne Nuit Bay (picture by O.K.):
And a stretch of coastline to show you what good part of the paths there are like (also taken by O.K.):
"Bonne Nuit" is French for "good night", and the place takes its name from the small harbour offering overnight shelter to sailors. In 1150, a chapel dedicated to Mary was mentioned in documents. There was also a priory, but the sites of both buildings are unknown.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, the bay was used for smuggling. A lot of people wouldn't have had much chance of survival without entering that particular trade.
The next picture is for you, Kay:
To go back to Bouley Bay, we chose a slightly different path. About 2/3 along the way on coming in, we found a sign post indicating the path splitting into "lower path" and "upper path". We took the lower path on our way there, and the upper one to return.
If you're not stifling a yawn yet when you see even MORE views of sea and cliff paths, here are some pictures from the way back:
It was a lot steeper than what it looks like here:
Some bits of the path are rather rocky:
By the time we reached Bouley Bay again, we were both hungry enough to not wait much longer for our dinner, and so we grabbed sandwiches at Mad Mary's, Bouley's tiny beach café which was just closing down; we were the last customers being served that day.
The Undercliff guest house from the road:
See you tomorrow - with our second cliff path walk :-D