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Jersey has 45 miles of coastline to tempt even the weariest of feet. The rugged north coast will challenge serious walkers but with glorious views over Beauport in the south there are paths accessible to prams and wheelchairs. Explore on your own or join one of the many free guided walks provided by Jersey Tourism every week. Picnic in a deserted cove or frolic in the waves. Dine out in restaurants overlooking small harbours. Enjoy Jersey's stunning beaches from above, below and beyond. A different beach for every day of your holiday, a different thrill every minute of the day. Jersey is a Crown dependency of the United Kingdom, ruled by the Crown in right of Jersey, off the coast of Normandy, France. The bailiwick consists of the island of Jersey, along with surrounding uninhabited islands and rocks collectively named Les Dirouilles, Les Ecrehous, Les Minquiers, Les Pierres de Lecq, and other reefs. Jersey was part of the Duchy of Normandy, whose dukes went on to become kings of England from 1066. After Normandy was lost by the kings of England in the 13th century, Jersey and the other Channel Islands remained attached to the English crown. During the Second World War, some citizens were evacuated to the UK but most remained. Jersey was occupied by Germany from 1 July 1940 until 9 May 1945, when Germany surrendered. During this time the Germans constructed many fortifications using Soviet slave labour. After 1944, supplies from mainland France were interrupted by the D-Day landings, and food on the island became scarce. The SS Vega was sent to the island carrying Red Cross supplies and news of the success of the Allied advance in Europe. The Channel Islands were one of the last places in Europe to be liberated.