St Anne’s Commonwealth Walkway

Alderney / Europe

ALDERNEY Alderney is the most northerly of the inhabited Channel Islands with a population of about 2,500.  It is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, a British Crown Dependency.  It is 5 kilometres long and 2.4 kilometres wide.  It is the closest of the Channel Islands to France and to the United Kingdom.  It is separated from Cap de la Hague by the dangerous Alderney Race.   The States of Alderney is the legislature of the island.  It consists of the President, directly elected every four years, and ten States Members, half of them elected every two years for a four-year mandate.  The island is one single constituency.  It sends two representatives to the States of Guernsey.  English is the main language – Auregnais, a dialect of the Norman language is extinct.   In Victorian times, the island served as a defence harbour against the French.  During the German occupation in the Second World War, most of the inhabitants were evacuated and Alderney was used by the Germans to house concentration camps.  Hitler used it as part of his ‘Atlantic Wall’. Alderney has sheer cliffs and stretches of sandy beaches and dunes.  It is known for its island sports – golf, fishing and water sports.  It competes in the biennial Island Games, and each September the Alderney Air Races are staged, attracting a number of aircraft to compete in the deciding and final round for the European Air Racing championship.   ST ANNE St Anne or Saint Anne is the capital and main town on the island.   2,000 people live there.  It is built like an old French town with cobbled streets and cottages.  The main street is Victoria Street, built-in 1836 as the commercial hub.   Fun Fact 
  • Alderney natives are traditionally nicknamed vaques after the cows, or lapins after the many rabbits on the island.

5.7 miles / 9.3 kilometres

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