Overnight Kayaking Trip

to Seymour Tower

Stay in one of Jersey's Coastal Defence Towers    

 

 

 

Seymour Tower at high tide

 

Seymour Tower is situated two kilometres out to see in the Royal Bay of Grouville and was built in 1782 as a part of Jersey's coastal defences against French invasion.  The history minded can scroll down to find out more about these towers!

A great overnight stay for those who wish to return to basics.  First you will meet your kayak instructor and Tower Guide who will help you load all your clothing and food into the kayaks before setting off.  The kayak trip to Seymour Tower takes about an hour. 

Seymour Tower is dry and warm and contains 3 bunk beds on the first floor and another bunk bed on the ground/kitchen/living quarters level, one of which is used by your guide.

No en-suite I am afraid - in fact no bathroom and only a portaloo for emergencies during the night!  You will need to bring your own food and Jersey Odyssey can either advise you on this or arrange for the food to be delivered to theInside Seymour Tower starting point. 

This is a great experience, on a high tide the Tower is completely cut-off and if your night stay coincides with a low tide there may be a chance of exploring the sand bars with your guide and seeing the phosphorescence in the pools.  Trips can accommodate up to 7 people and dates are arranged to suit as long as the Tower is available.

The History of Seymour Tower

Due to Jersey's close proximity to France, invasion was particularly easy and the low lying coastal areas were very vulnerable.  In 1781 French troops led by Baron de Rullecourt  landed in the east of the island at La Rocque from where they went directly to St. Helier, the capital of Jersey.  The Battle of Jersey ensued and although the invaders had made the then Lieutenant Governor of Jersey surrender, Jersey troops, led by the brave Major Pierson who died in the battle, fought off the French force.  Thirty-two granite constructed towers were ordered to be built around Jersey at the instigation of the Governer of Jersey, General Sir Henry Seymour Conway as defences against invadersThe idea came to him as he realised the usefulness of such buildings having seen how successfully a stone tower in the Bay of Martella in Corsica held out against the British - the round towers are thus called Martello Towers.  All the other towers were round as this was considered more effective against the enemy attack but Seymour Tower was of square construction.  Sixteen years later Britain realised how effective a defence the towers were and started building them around the south coast of England.  When General Sir Henry Seymour Conway died in 1795, twenty two towers were complete. 

 

 

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