Book your tickets for Walk Scilly Weekend!
It's almost here... Walk Scilly Weekend from 13th to 17th October: 5 days of wonderful walks across 7 islands. October is the perfect time to explore the wilder side of the Isles of Scilly: the hedgerows come alive, the seals pop their pups and the migrating birds make their entrance. The shorter days and gentle autumnal light give way to amazing sunrises and sunsets too!
If you fancy a long weekend away, there's 10% of travel to the islands (just quote WLK16 when you book by telephone) and a number of the hotels on Scilly have some fantastic October deals.
This year’s Walk Scilly Weekend kicks off on Thursday 13th with a welcome ramble around St. Mary’s, taking in Buzza Hill, a Bronze Age grave entrance and the scenic Peninnis peninsula, and ending at Juliet’s Garden Restaurant for tea and cake, and a chance to meet the walk guides.
Resident ornithologist and naturalist Will Wagstaff will be leading a bird-watching walk on St. Agnes, looking for waders along the beaches on the western side of the island, newly-arrived migrant birds in the tiny daffodil fields, and open-country birds on the windswept southern headlands. Visitors can also join Will on a circular boat trip around many of the small islands and rocks used as roost sites by sea and shore birds from herons and egrets to various waders and ducks.
The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust will be exploring Scilly’s flora and fauna, landscapes and marine environments with a walk around the wild headlands and quieter wetlands of St. Mary’s. On a walk on St. Agnes, the Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project team will be discussing how the scheme has helped two species of seabird, the Manx shearwaters and Storm petrels, and the Scilly shrew.
Archaeologist Katharine Sawyer will lead walkers around the uninhabited islands of Teän and Samson, taking in sites from the prehistoric period to the 20th century, including Bronze Age burial chambers and stone rows, and an early medieval chapel and cemetery.
There’ll be a chance to wander among the hedgerows and shoreline of St. Martin’s with food foraging expert Rachel Lambert, to spot and pick wild food, edible seaweeds and spices. Rachel will also host a gourmet five-course dinner at Karma St. Martin’s, bringing out the flavours and textures of foraged ingredients.
Walkers with local photographer Chris Hall will hear tips on how to take amazing pictures of the landscape. They’ll tour Chris’s favourite scenic spots on St. Mary’s and learn how to make the best use of Scilly’s special autumnal light. Islander George Teideman will lead a walk on the history of the Isles of Scilly’s churches around Hugh Town and down to Old Town Church whilst fireman, artist and gig coxswain Chris Potterton will celebrate the colour and contrasts of Bryher, on a walk taking in the island’s sites of historical and geological significance.
Download the Walk Scilly Weekend programme here (Note 6MB) and book your tickets today. You can book by calling the Tourist Information Centre on 01720 424031 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.