Also known as Le Pied du Mur, Marble Bay is a secluded inlet on the east coast of Guernsey, surrounded by tall cliffs and some way from main areas of habitation. It is long and deep, but the slope of the sand leading out to the sea is quite shallow. It’s one of the lesser-visited beaches on the island, due to the effort involved in getting there, which makes carrying down much in the way of supplies quite a job.
Oliver Carey includes it on his thrice-weekly morning run so that he can swim there in seclusion. It was while swimming there that he discovered the body of Rosalynd Holdbrook at the start of book one, Dead in the Water
There are two ways down to the bay from the higher path that runs through the trees on the cliffs that surround it. One is a concrete staircase at the back of the bay, and the other is a mix of steps and cuts made into the rock that leads the visitor down to the waterline.
The path that runs around the back of the bay is less hilly that some of those leading to it, and takes you through a pleasant mix of tall pines and lower seasonal trees. In the spring and summer the verges are full of flowers and insect life.
Marble Bay sits at the neck of the Jerbourg Peninsular.