Our Island of Sark
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www.simplysark.com (opens in new window)
www.sarkchamber.org (opens in new window)
www.welcometosark.com (opens in new window)
Sark is the smallest of the four main Channel Islands, located about 80 miles south of the English coast. Whilst only three miles long, and a mile and a half wide, the island stands approximately 350 feet above sea level and boasts some 40 miles of what must be one of the most picturesque coastlines anywhere in the world. Sark is the most fascinating of the Channel Islands, unspoilt by motor cars, and all the noise and bustle of modern day life.
The Channel Islands have belonged to the Crown since the time of William the Conqueror when they formed part of the Duchy of Normandy. In the 13th Century, they were retained by King John when the rest of Normandy was lost to the French. In 1565, Queen Elizabeth I granted Sark to Helier de Carteret as a 'fief haubert' and the island's unique status has remained the same ever since. Today, Sark holds the last remaining feudal constitution in the Western world; neither part of the United Kingdom nor European Union, yet not a sovereign state either. The Seigneur holds the island from the Monarch in perpetuity, and governs in conjunction with Chief Pleas, the island's parliament.
There are many ways to experience this island of infinite variety - by carriage, bicycle, or on foot. The coastal scenery is spectacular with numerous bays and headlands to admire. Sark is a ramblers paradise, and there are far more coastal walks and bays than there are days to explore them. Whatever a visitor's interest, many return year after year to continue the experience of peace and tranquillity that Sark offers. An experience unique in today's world.
La Seigneurie is the official home of the Seigneur of Sark, head of its feudal government. The present house, built around 1675 has been altered and added to many times over the years. The house is not open to the public, and remains the permanent residence of the present Seigneur and his family. The grounds of the house are open daily, and their beautiful walled gardens are one of Sark's most popular attractions.
With a coastline of some 40 miles, Sark stands approximately 350 feet above sea level. Dark caves indent into the cliffs and huge austere-looking perpendicular rocks lie in isolated and detached masses off-shore. The varied inlets and bays possess a wealth of sea and bird life. The island's isolated position affords it a large array of bird species, and many hours can be spent watching and admiring the abundance of wildlife.