Alderney is the most northern island of the Channel Islands and the nearest to England and France. It is only 9 miles off the coast of Normandy and still retains a Norman flavour. The name of the island in French is Aurigny which is a name which is still used by one of its airlines today.
Located in the English Channel 60 miles from the south coast of England, it is a British Crown dependency and is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey which is 20 miles away. The island is 3 miles long and 1.5 miles wide and has a total area of 3 square miles. It is only 10 miles from Cap la Hague in Normandy, France and separated by the dangerous currents of La Raz.
The population of Alderney is approximately 2,400 and there is only one Parish, St Anne which covers the entire island. The town of St Anne has a pretty church and cobbled streets with houses in different pastel shades. Despite it being a small island it has 2 primary schools and 1 secondary school as well as its own Post Office, hotels, bars, restaurants, banks and shops. Alderney has a real working community, its own government and is ambitious to make its mark in the world.
Alderney is a wonderful place for nature lovers and has a combination of landscapes, wildlife, seabird colonies, magnificent fortresses and sandy beaches. Like Guernsey and Jersey, the island enjoys a mild climate and independence. Alderney has preserved its own special time, "Alderney Time."