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Isle Of Scilly Walking Festival

Walk Scilly 2013

Descritpion

We have two events each year. Our main week-long event takes place in April (9th - 15th April 2016) which sees in the Scilly spring and start of our season. Then at the other end of the season, we enjoy the autumn light and natural wildlife and environment with a long weekend of walks.  Both events offer guided and themed walks, which take place across all our islands. There's something for everyone - ramblers, stargazers, wildlife lovers, sun worshippers and foragers.

At each of the festivals, we put on an evening programme of entertainment too.

If you're planning to come to Walk Scilly, Isles of Scilly Travel offers a 10% discount on travel, and look out too on our accommodation pages for special Walk Scilly offers.

The programme for the April 2016 Walk Scilly Week is yet to be finalised, but if you'd like to be kept informed, please do contact us and we will put you on our Walk Scilly mailing list. Call 01720 424036 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Program

Saturday 11th April
Welcome to Walk Scilly – St. Mary’s
This introductory walk - designed to ease walkers into the week’s events with a gentle stroll - will acquaint you with the many delights of St. Mary’s, including Peninnis Head and one of the island’s newest visitor attractions, the Buzza Tower Camera Obscura. Walkers will be able to appreciate a 3D image of the whole of the islands. The walk is led by Martin Hesp, the ‘Western Morning News editor at large’ and long-time friend of Scilly who enjoys the honorary title of the nation’s longest serving ‘walks’ writer for a daily newspaper.
Guide: Martin Hesp
Start Time: 2.00 pm
Meeting Point: Tourist Information Centre - Porthcressa
End Time: 5.00 pm
Grade 2
Cost: £7.50 – includes entry into the Buzza Tower Camera Obscura
Max Numbers: 25
Evening Social
Fancy meeting up with other Walk Scilly aficionados for a drink and to discuss the week ahead? Star Castle will be offering a 10% discount off the price of all drinks to anyone taking part in Walk Scilly. Just show any of your Walk Scilly tickets at the Dungeon Bar to receive your discount, available from 7.00 pm onwards.
Sunday 12th April
St Mary’s - A Tour around the Garrison
Join the curator of the Isles of Scilly Museum, Amanda Martin, on a guided walk around the Garrison, including commentary on the history of the area and the importance of this 16th century fortification. Take the opportunity to ask about the history of the islands in the presence of our local guide. This walk will include a guided tour of Star Castle.
Guide: Amanda Martin
Start Time: 10.00 am
Meeting Point: The Tourist Information Centre, Porthcressa.
End Time: 12.30 pm
Grade: 2
Cost: £7.50
Max Numbers: 20
Bryher - Top to Toe
Join local artist, fireman, water technician, island waste manager, gig coxswain and all round islander Chris Potterton on a walk to celebrate the colour and contrast of his Bryher home, with a route taking you to see – everything! This walk includes a lunch stop at Hell Bay Hotel. Dogs welcome on leads.
Special Instructions: Your guide will meet you at Church Quay on Bryher
Guide: Chris Potterton
Start Time: The boat leaves St. Mary’s at 10.00 am for a 10.20 am start time on Bryher
Meeting Point: Church Quay, Bryher
End Time: 4.30 pm on Bryher. Boat returns to St. Mary’s by 5.00 pm
Grade: 3
Cost: £12.50
Max Numbers: 25
St. Martin’s – Coast to Coast
Whilst islanders might debate this issue at length, most visitors would agree that St. Martin’s reigns supreme when it comes to the title of who has the best beaches in Scilly. Join Anna Cawthray, local resident, and the force behind Scilly Seal Snorkelling to explore some of the finest beaches and coastline in Europe. Explore Bread and Cheese Cove, Burnt Hill, Lawrence’s Bay and of course the jewel in the crown, ‘Great Bay’. This all day walk will include a break for lunch at the newly opened Sevenstones Inn.
Special Instructions: Wear sturdy boots.
Guide: Anna Cawthray
Start Time: The boat leaves St. Mary’s at 10.00 am for a 10.30 am start time on St. Martin’s.
Meeting Point: Higher Town Quay
End Time: 4.30 pm on St Martin’s. Boat returns to St Mary’s by 5.00 pm
Grade: 3
Cost: £12.50
Max Numbers: 25
St. Mary’s - Flower Farming in the Isles of Scilly
Make the most of this rare opportunity to take part in a guided walk around a traditional working Scillonian flower farm led by mother and son duo, Penny and Matthew Rodgers. Situated in the heart of St. Mary’s, Lunnon Farm falls far from the traditional tourist trail. Learn about the techniques used to nurture, grow and harvest the islands’ iconic narcissi flowers. There may even be an opportunity to pick your own! Tea and coffee provided.
Special Instructions: Wear sturdy boots. The proceeds of this walk will go to the Air Ambulance.
Guide: Matthew and Penny Rogers
Start Time: 2.00 pm
Meeting Point: Lunnon Farm
End Time: 4.30 pm
Grade: 2
Cost: £7.50
Max Numbers: 40
Evening
Tresco/Bryher - Supper Trip
Why not take an evening trip to Tresco or Bryher? Take in a walk and have supper at either The New Inn, the Ruin Beach Café, Fraggle Rock or Hell Bay Hotel (booking advisable for the Ruin - 01720 422849 and for Hell Bay 01720 422947).Boats will depart St. Mary’s at 6.00 pm returning at approximately 9.00 pm. Boat tickets can be purchased (in advance) at a specially discounted price from the Tourist Information Centre.
Monday 13th April
St. Mary’s – Scilly Spring Watch
Discover the delights of spring on Scilly with a wildlife walk hosted by an expert ranger from the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust. Wonder at the variety of emerging wild flowers, watch for birds working hard to feed their young and look for wonderful sea life from a spectacular viewpoint, where you may be lucky enough to spot seals, rare seabirds and dolphins. Enjoy this opportunity to learn all about the busy spring breeding season from the Trust’s local naturalists.
Guide: A Wildlife Trust Ranger
Start Time: 10.00 am
Meeting Point: The Tourist Information Centre - Porthcressa
End Time: 1.00 pm
Grade: 2
Cost: £7.50
Max Numbers: 20
St. Agnes & Gugh - ‘Top to Toe’
A fantastic walk around the coast of Gugh with views to the Garrison, Samson and the Norrard Rocks, followed by a walk round St. Agnes and the chance to look out towards the Western Rocks and the Bishop Rock lighthouse. This walk will stop for lunch at the Turk’s Head pub and may well pop in at Troy Town Farm for a homemade ice cream, too.
Guide: Chas Wood
Start Time: The boat leaves St. Mary’s for St. Agnes at 10.00 am. The walk will start 10.30 am.
Meeting Point: The Turk’s Head, St. Agnes at 10.30 am
End time: 4.30 pm on St Agnes. Boat returns to St Mary’s by 5.00 pm
Grade: 3
Cost: £12.50
Maximum Numbers: 25
St. Mary’s - Hedgerow and Coastal Foraging Walk & Cook Up!
Allow your senses to be heightened and your taste buds to be tingled on this two-mile leisurely walk, introducing you to up to eight flavours of the hedgerow. Be guided into the culinary world of some of the original foods found on Scilly, and discover essential tips on how to identify, prepare and cook with foraged ingredients. You’ll also learn about some of their nutritional and medicinal value while taking in the glorious landscape around you. Laden with their bounty, walkers will then be invited into the Tanglewood Kitchen at the Post Office to watch local chef Euan Rodger create a dish fit for king based upon the afternoon’s findings. Tasters available! Dogs welcome on leads
Guide: Rachel Lambert
Start Time: 2.00 pm
Meeting Point: The Tourist Information Centre, Porthcressa
End Time: Approximately 5.00 pm.
Grade: 2
Cost: £15
Max Numbers: 20
Fancy something different?
Why not try something really special - ‘Snorkelling with Seals’ with the award-winning St. Martin’s Dive school? Offered at the specially reduced price of £32 for a 30-minute under water extravaganza, this will be an experience you will never forget. No previous experience is necessary and all equipment is provided, Hot drinks will be provided at the end of the session however please bring warm clothes to change into.
Special Instructions: This experience is weather dependent. Snorkellers will be dropped back to St. Martin’s at the end of their snorkel. There will be boats available to St. Martin’s from all islands in the morning returning late afternoon.
Guide: Anna Cawthray
Start Time: 12.00 pm
Meeting Point: the Dive Shed, Higher Town, St Martin’s.
End Time: 1.30 pm on St Martin’s.
Grade: N/A
Cost: £32
Max Numbers: 10
Evening
The Isles of Scilly Museum
Why not spend some time exploring one of the islands’ gems? The Isles of Scilly Museum
is offering a special early evening opening for Walk Scilly devotees - from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Entry will be £3 per head, a discounted rate for Walk Scilly participants. Please purchase tickets at the Museum.
Wild Food Foraging on Scilly
Talk & Book Launch, 8.00 pm – 9.00 pm, Old Town Inn, St. Mary’An evening hosted by Rachel Lambert; the author of Wild Food Foraging in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Hear how the book came about, see images from behind the scenes and have the opportunity to buy a signed copy of the book. £5 per person (pay on the door).
St. Martin’s - Supper Trip
Take an evening trip to St. Martin’s, enjoy a walk and have supper at the newly refurbished Sevenstones Inn. Boats will depart St. Mary’s at 6.00 pm returning at approximately 9.00 pm. Boat tickets can be purchased (in advance) at a specially discounted price from the Tourist Information Centre.
Tuesday 14th April
Bryher - Ready, Steady, Forage - Coastal Foraging Walk & Cook Up!
Enjoy the idyllic sands and un-spoilt coast line of Bryher as you are introduced to some of the original flavours of the Scilly Isles. During a two-mile leisurely walk, discover up to eight wild flavours and perfect accompaniments to many seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. Your guide will teach you how to safely identify and pick edible coastal plants, while taking care to preserve the plants for years to come. Expect to be inspired by nutritional goodness and exciting flavours. You will soon view the landscape in a whole new way! To complete the experience, watch an expert chef from Hell Bay Hotel turn your discoveries into a delicious culinary experience. Dogs welcome on lead
Guide: Rachel Lambert
Start Time: The boat leaves St Mary’s at 10.00 am for a 10.20 am start at Anneka’s Quay Bryher.
Meeting Point: 9.50 am on St Mary’s quay or at 10.20 am at Anneka’s Quay, Bryher.
End Time: 12.30/1.00 pm on Bryher.
Grade: 2
Cost: £15
Max Numbers: 20
St. Mary’s - ‘Top to Toe’
An opportunity to take in the very best of what St Mary’s has to offer – and it’s a lot! This circular coastal walk will take in Peninnis Head, Old Town, Porth Hellick, Pelistry, Watermill, Halangy ancient village and Bant’s Carn burial chamber before returning to Hugh Town. This walk will stop for lunch at Carn Vean and will include a break for refreshments at Juliet’s Garden Restaurant. Dogs welcome on leads.
Guide: Chas Wood
Start Time: 10.00 am
Meeting Point: Holgate’s Green
End time: 4.30 pm
Grade: 3
Cost: £12.50
Max Numbers: 25
St. Martin’s – Through the Eyes of a Scillonian
Join local fisherman and farmer Keith Low as he shows you around his island home. A true son of St. Martin’s, Keith knows the island as few others do. This all-day walk will literally take in all of St Martin’s, covering local history and a wealth of island stories founded in over six decades of life on St. Martin’s. This walk will quite simply introduce you to island life through the eyes of a Scillonian. This walk will include a break for lunch.
Special Instructions: Your guide will meet you at Lower Town Quay, St. Martin’s.
Guide: Keith Low
Start Time: The boat leaves St. Mary’s at 10.00 am for a 10.30 am start at Higher Town, St. Martin’s.
Meeting Point: Lower Town Quay, St Martin’s
End Time: 4.30 pm on St Martin’s. Boat returns to St Mary’s by 5.00 pm
Grade: 3
Cost: £12.50
Max Numbers: 20
Tresco – A Walk on the Wildside
Join a Wildlife Trust Ranger in exploring the north end of Tresco, rich not only in history but also in wildlife - and some of the most spectacular landscapes in Scilly. Keep your cameras and binoculars at the ready as you enjoy close encounters with the magical fauna and flora of this unique island. This walk will cross Tresco’s rugged and exposed coast and heathland, environments that pose great challenges to the wildlife found here. Come along to learn how they survive and, miraculously, thrive!
Special Instructions: Wear sturdy footwear and bring binoculars if you can
Guide: A Wildlife Trust Ranger
Start Time: 2.00 pm (the boat will leave St. Mary’s at 1.30 pm)
Meeting Point: New Grimsby Quay
End Time: 4.30 pm on Tresco. Boat returns to St Mary’s by 5.00 pm
Grade: 3
Cost: £7.50
Max Numbers: 25
Evening
St. Agnes - Supper Trip
Head off on an evening trip to St. Agnes this evening, take in a walk and have supper at The Turk’s Head – an experience not to be missed! Boats will depart St. Mary’s at 6.00 pm returning at approximately 9.00 pm. Boat tickets can be purchased in advance at a specially discounted price from the Tourist Information Centre.
Scilly through the Ages with Katharine Sawyer on Tuesday at 8.15 pm. A slide show about the archaeology and history of the islands in the Methodist Hall (not the Chapel). Admission is £4.50 for adults, £2 for children. (Doors open at 7.45 pm) Please purchase tickets upon entry.
Wednesday 15th April
A Mediterranean Stroll - Tresco
A great opportunity to visit the world famous Abbey Garden with over 18 acres of exotic plants and trees from Africa, Asia and Oceania that grow on Scilly thanks to the favourable climate.. You’ll be taken on a short guided tour by one of the Abbey gardeners, who will help you discover some of the 20,000 or so species (!) after which you can enjoy the rest of the day in the garden at your leisure. Dogs welcome on leads.
Special Instructions: The cost of your walk includes all day entrance to the Garden.
Guide: Head Gardener Andrew Lawson, supported by Abbey Gardeners
Start Time: The boat leaves St. Mary’s at 9.45 am. The walk will commence at the Abbey Garden’s entrance at 10.45 am
Meeting Point: Tresco Abbey Garden entrance.
End Time: 12.45 pm. Boats will be returning to St. Mary’s in the early and late afternoon
Grade: 2
Cost: £10
Max Number: N/A
Bryher – Through the Eyes of a Scillonian
Pounded by Atlantic waves on one side, yet blessed with calm sandy beaches on the other, Bryher is an island of dramatic contrast. Get under the skin of Bryher with an islander’s view of the best of what Bryher has to offer. Learn more about the history of the many wrecks that have floundered in the dramatically named Hell Bay and discover more about what life is like on a remote island buffeted by Atlantic rollers.
Special Instructions:
Guide: TBC
Start Time: 10.20 am. Boat leaves St Mary’ at 10.00 am
Meeting Point: Bar Beach
End Time: 4.30 pm on Bryher. Boat returns to St Mary’s by 5.00 pm
Grade: 3
Cost: £12.50
Max Numbers: 20
St. Martin’s - A Walk through a Farmed Landscape
Take a walk with Zoe Julian, local farmer and joint owner of Scilly Flowers. This unique opportunity to explore the farmed landscape of St. Martin’s will take in a guided farm tour, a walk along the spine of St. Martin’s out to the Day Mark before dropping down to Par Beach and then back up to Higher Town. On the way, Zoe will point out how, throughout history, farming has shaped the landscape of St. Martin’s. Dogs welcome on leads.
Special Instructions: Your guide will meet you at Higher Town Quay, St. Martin’s. The proceeds of this walk will go to the IOS Wildlife Trust.
Guide: Zoe Julian
Start Time: The boat leaves St. Mary’s for St. Martin’s at 1.30 pm. The walk will commence at 2.00 pm at Higher Town Quay, St. Martin’s
Meeting Point: Higher Town Quay, St. Martin’s.
End Time: 4.30 pm from St Martin’s. Boat returns to St Mary’s by 5.00 pm
Grade: 3
Cost: £7.50
Max Numbers: 25
St. Mary’s Overhead and Underfoot – A Ranger’s View
Join local zoologist and Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust Ranger Darren Hart on a gentle walk around the heart of St. Mary’s, watching out for wildlife as you explore different habitats, look out for wildlife and learn more about the work of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust. The route will start at Holy Vale Winery and head through Holy Vale, Higher Moors and out to Porth Hellick, then up around the headland to Pelistry.
Guide: Darren Hart
Start Time: 2.00 pm
Meeting Point: Holy Vale Winery
End Time: 5.00 pm
Grade: 2
Cost: £7.50
Max Numbers: 25
Thursday 16th April
St. Mary’s – Beachcombing
Join local craftswoman and owner of Phoenix Craft Workshops, Oriel Hicks, for a trek via the Lower Moors Nature Trail to Porth Minack, or ‘Treasure Beach’ as it is known to some, to look for flotsam, jetsam and other treasures of the sea. Laden with your seashore loot, you will then return to Phoenix Studios to work with Oriel to make a unique souvenir from your morning’s plunder.
Special Instructions: There will be a small charge applied on the day for the use of materials.
Guide: Oriel Hicks
Start Time: 9.30 am
Meeting Point: Phoenix Studio, Porthmellon
End Time: 12.30 pm
Grade: 2
Cost: £7.50
Max Numbers: 20
Tresco - Top to Toe
A stroll across Tresco is a stroll through the island’s past and present…with an eye for the plants! This walk begins at Carn Near and heads first to New Grimsby and the New Inn (for lunch) before heading across in the afternoon to Old Grimsby and King Charles’ Castle. Dogs welcome on leads.
Special Instructions: Your guide will meet you at Carn Near, Tresco
Guide: Alasdair Moore
Start Time: Boat departs St. Mary’s at 10.00 am for a 10.10 am start at Carn Near, Tresco.
Meeting Point: Carn Near, Tresco at 10.10 am
End Time: 4.30 pm on Tresco. Boat returns to St Mary’s by 5.00 pm
Grade: 3
Cost: £12.50
Max Numbers: 20
Samson - History of Samson
Katharine Sawyer has been leading walks on Scilly since 2000 and has an MA in Archaeology and Anthropology as well as having recently received a PhD for her work on the Bronze Age Burial Chambers of Scilly. This walk, an exploration of the prehistoric and post-medieval sites on both the South and North Hill of Samson, was chosen as one of the National Trust’s Top 10 Great British Walks in 2013. Kicking off with a beach landing, this walk offers an opportunity to sample the very best of walking in Scilly.
Special Instructions: The trip starts with a beach landing so good footwear is essential. There are no facilities on Samson.
Guide: Katharine Sawyer
Start Time: The boat leaves St. Mary’s at 2.00 pm for a 2.15 pm start time on Samson
Meeting Point: St. Mary’s Quay or the landing beach on Samson
End Time: 4.45 pm on Samson. Boat returns to St Mary’s by 5.00 pm
Grade: 3
Cost: £7.50
Max Numbers: 25
St. Agnes – Land, Air & Sea
Learn about the Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project, and the remarkable work being done to preserve declining numbers of native seabirds that have traditionally made their home in Scilly - including the sirens of the sea, Manx Shearwaters. See where they nest whilst looking out for all manner of wildlife along the way! After stopping for lunch, your adventure will continue on the water in the ‘Spirit of St Agnes’ as you venture out along with your guide to the Western Rocks to look out for more seabirds, marine life and to generally soak up some of the most remote yet spectacular scenery that Scilly has to offer.
Special Instructions: Additional tickets are available for the afternoon’s boat trip. Participants must be at St. Agnes Quay at 1.30 pm.
Guide: Bob Dawson
Start Time: The boat leaves St. Mary’s at 10.00 am for a 10.30 am start time at The Turks Head, St. Agnes
Meeting Point: The Turks Head, St. Agnes
End Time: 3.15 pm on St Agnes. Boat returns to St Mary’s by 5.00 pm
Grade: 3 (1 in the afternoon)
Cost: £19.50
Max Numbers: 25
Friday 17th April
Tresco/Bryher - The Channel Crossing, Scilly Style
On extreme low tides, the channel between Tresco and Bryher dries out to such an extent that it is possible to walk between the two. Indeed many local residents use this opportunity to travel between the two islands - either to ‘pop’ to the shop or to move items of equipment between the two. This walk gives you the opportunity to do something that most walking festivals can never offer – to walk on the seabed between two islands. Take the opportunity to search for Razor Fish, to marvel at myriad seabirds making the most of this low tide feast or simply enjoy the (slightly surreal) experience. A short break and a hot chocolate will await you on Bryher before you race the tide back across the channel!
Special Instructions: Please wear suitable clothing and be prepared to roll up your trousers! By the very nature of this walk you will get wet feet. You will be accompanied on this walk by two guides. Please note this walk is weather permitting.
Guide: Alasdair Moore & Amanda Pender
Start Time: The boat leaves St Mary’s at 8.30 am for 9.45 am start on Tresco
Meeting Point: The Flying Boat Club, Tresco
End Time: 11.30 ish on Tresco
Grade: 3
Cost: £7.50
Max Numbers: 25
St. Agnes – Through the Eyes of a Scillonian
The name Hicks is synonymous with St. Agnes. Generations of the Hicks family have farmed, fished and made a living on St. Agnes, the most remote of all of the inhabited islands that make up Scilly. Join father and son duo Tim and Sam as they show you around their island home, and seek out points of interest known only to those who were born and raised on these shores. Have a look at their island farm and sample their renowned ice cream made from the milk of their small dairy herd. If you really want to get under the skin of Scilly then this walk is for you. This walk will stop for lunch at Coastguards Café.
Special Instructions: Please wear sturdy footwear. Dogs welcome on leads.
Guide: Tim & Sam Hicks
Start Time: The boat leaves St. Mary’s for St. Agnes at 10.00 am. The walk will start 10.30 am.
Meeting Point: The Turks Head, St. Agnes
End Time: 4.30 pm ish on St Agnes. Boat returns to St Mary’s by 5.00 pm
Grade: 3
Cost: £12.50
Max Numbers: 25
Teän
Teän has a long history of human activity and this walk offers the opportunity to visit the multi-period occupation site which dates from the 4th to 19th centuries AD. This includes the ruins of an early mediaeval chapel and cemetery as well as houses from the late 17th and late 18th centuries. There will also be the chance to enjoy the views from the top of Great Hill.
Special Instructions: The trip starts with a beach landing so good footwear is essential. There are no facilities on Teän.
Guide: Katharine Sawyer
Start Time: The boat leaves St. Mary’s at 2.00 pm for a 2.30 pm start time on Teän.
Meeting Point: St. Mary’s Quay or the landing beach at Teän
End Time: 4.30 pm on Tean. Boat returns to St Mary’s by 5.00 pm
Grade: 3
Cost: £7.50
Max Numbers: 25
Tresco - Island Kayaking
Adventure amongst Scilly's uninhabited islands and get close up to the wildlife in locations not possible by boat. Enjoy a leisurely paddle in a stable sit-on-top kayak from Tresco, and explore the rocks and islets stopping on St. Helen's or Teän to take in the amazing views of Norwethel, Small Islands, Teän and St. Helens. A treat not to be missed!
Special Instructions: This adventure is weather dependent. No experience necessary but a level of physical exertion will be required. You will need to wear a swim suit/shorts etc as you will get slightly wet. Wet suits can be provided upon request. Please bring a warm change of clothes/towel for afterwards and shoes for exploring. A return trip from St. Mary’s on a fast rib can be offered at £10 per person.
Guide: A qualified instructor from St. Mary’s Sailing Centre
Start Time: 1.30 pm. There will be multiple boats departing St Mary’s for Tresco, please ask on the quay or at the TIC.
Meeting Point: Ravensporth Sailing base (next door to the Ruin Beach Cafe)
End Time: 4.00 pm Boat returns to St Mary’s by 5.00 pm.
Grade: N/A
Cost: £45
Max Numbers: 8 (minimum 4)
Evening
Duo Prospero
For the festival’s final evening, why not immerse yourself in music? Duo Prospero, the islands’ very own violin and woodwind duo will perform a richly varied programme of music - from Bach and Mozart, to the present day; taking in a range of styles including Klezmer, folk and jazz. There is no charge to attend this performance which will last for approximately one hour; however donations will be welcomed. Simply turn up with an appreciation for fine music, sit back and enjoy! The concert will start at 8.15 pm (venue to be confirmed).
USEFUL INFORMATION
Special deals
This year, some of our accommodation providers and businesses are offering special deals and discounts for Walk Scilly Week. If you’d like to take advantage or find out more, go to our website: www.visitislesofscilly.com/walkscilly.
How to Book
Unless otherwise indicated, all events in this programme require a ticket. To obtain your walk/boat tickets in advance, please call the Walk Scilly Team on 01720 424036 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a booking form / tell us of your requirements. Tickets on sale from Monday 9th February.
Please note that the programme is subject to change, variation and cancellation.
The Tourist Information Centre (TIC) at Porthcressa, St. Mary’s is great place to find out more about Walk Scilly. During the entire Walk Scilly Festival, there will be dedicated Walk Scilly Assistants available from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm to answer all of your queries. You can also contact the TIC on 01720 424031.
General Instructions to make the best of your walks.
Walk Grades:
1) Easy - easy stroll on road and path, level walk, no hills.
2) Moderate - fairly easy walk on road and path, some incline.
3) Hard – fairly strenuous, several inclines/hills on path and road.
Equipment: Obviously most walks are best made in sturdy footwear and boots. A light waterproof may be advisable on some days as the weather can change quickly here on Scilly.
Cameras: Ideal! Virtually every walk has its spectacular moments and you’ll be kicking yourself if you miss some great shots.
Boating: Please check the times of walks when booking. Return boat times will be given out on the boat – if in doubt ask your guide. Please note the walks in this programme do not include the cost of any boat fares that may be required. Discounted boat tickets can be purchased during Walk Scilly week at the Tourist Information Centre at Porthcressa, St. Mary’s.
Cycling: St. Mary’s bike hire is offering walkers in possession of a Walk Scilly ticket a 25% discount off of their first two hires and 50% of a third. Standard terms & conditions apply.
Horse Riding: Everyone taking part in Walk Scilly will receive a £5 discount off the price of any of the rides offered by St. Mary’s Riding Centre between Monday 13th and Friday 17th April.
Other stuff: Some walks are jam packed with information so a little notebook may make Sense, as might a sketchbook. And of course, particularly on island walks where there are no facilities, we recommend you take water or a flask of coffee or tea or a beer, gin and tonic or crème de menthe frappe – whatever takes your fancy as you tick off the yards.
Dogs: Many walks are suitable for accompaniment by our four legged friends, but on others that could prove tricky. Those walks where there is no problem with accompanying dogs have been highlighted in the programme. For other walks: if you’d like your dog to come too but if you’re not sure just ask!
Walk Scilly 2015 has been organised by the Islands’ Tourism & Business Partnership and kindly supported by The Council of the Isles of Scilly, the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, and the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group.
The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust welcomes Walk Scilly. There is a wealth of wildlife just waiting to be discovered on Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust land and a network of footpaths and tracks to explore.
But before you go - ‘Did you know’
 The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust cares for 60% of Scilly – that is one big nature reserve.
 We have some very rare inhabitants such as Scilly Shrews, the Scilly Bee, nesting Storm Petrels, the Dwarf Pansy, Orange Birdsfoot and a marine species known as the Orange Peel Bryozoan.
 Not only can you find a variety of wildlife; you can also discover remains left by Scilly’s prehistoric inhabitants with ancient settlements, field boundary walls and burial chambers, and more recent remains like kelp pits and gig sheds. Scilly’s military history also has a strong presence in the landscape.
 Please support our work by volunteering

 

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Event date: 09-04-2016
Event End Date: 15-04-2016
Location Isle Of Scilly
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walkfestuk RT @WALKtheMOUNTAIN: @walkfestuk join Llangollen WALKING Festival APRIL 30-MAY 1,2 #LlanWALKfest https://t.co/dAXl94Ciz4 https://t.co/H6fmQ
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walkfestuk Boroughbridge & The Lower Ure Walking Festival https://t.co/fh2JzFYxTR
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walkfestuk I just backed u-nu eco-friendly creative construction on @Kickstarter https://t.co/AxA0fDBS4J
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walkfestuk RT @lamaunu1: If we nurture a child's inherent #creativity we empower them with the #ingenuity to #succeed https://t.co/DXIrqViTwF https://…
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walkfestuk RT @Boscastle_TC: Already looking to Boscastle walking week starts 16th April great walks & lots going on #cornwallhour @walkfestuk https:/…
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Walking Festivals

A blog about the fabulous world of the walking festival
  • Some benefits of wearing Base Layers Have you ever wondered why you may have stiff or sore legs after a long walk outdoors? Or, do you perhaps feel cold after hiking or maybe too hot and need to peel off layers?  Well, if you can answer yes to these questions, then you may need to invest in a good quality base layer - or at least perhaps consider changing your current base layer for one made with alternative and better material.A base layer is designed to be worn underneath your normal outdoor gear and its key purpose is to ‘trap’ a...

  • If you enjoy walking, hiking, trekking or like to find out about a new village or town, or a new national park, walking festivals are excellent ways to see the different parts of the country with local guides. These events and festivals are often organised by local people who know the walks and the areas very well and more often than not are non-profit events, meaning the walks are either free or only a small amount of money.Read more »

  • Off to the west coast of Ireland for the Burren Peaks Walking Festival. Based in Ballyvaughan just south of Galway.Read more »