Walk Scilly Weekend 12th - 16th October

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Autumn on Scilly: for many, the best time of year to visit. The islands are quieter and as the nights draw in, we’re treated to incredible Scilly sunsets, irresistible island hues, fields of emerging scented narcissi, hedgerows bursting with life and a wealth of birds and wildlife. Days are often still warm and sunny in October, others can be windswept, but whatever the mood on Scilly, around every corner there’s yet another feast for your eyes to enjoy.

So what better way to capture the true essence of Scilly than indulging in a weekend of walking the islands with knowledgeable guides showing the way?

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Our Walk Scilly Weekend has much to offer. The wildlife is simply spectacular with glorious resident and migrating birds to admire, with seal pups to spot, and Scilly bees and bats to seek out. The hedgerows and rock pools are fantastic for foraging walks. Many of our walks will let you explore intimately this special side to Scilly. Alongside, we have some favourites too – a chance to explore Teän, farm walks, a walk around The Garrison, a Tresco stroll, and a special Dark Skies walk on St. Martin’s.

We’re fortunate to have the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust partner with us for the Walk Scilly Weekend. This local charity manages more than 60% of the islands’ landscape including many of its footpaths and once again, the funds from the walks they host during the weekend will be ploughed straight back into the valuable work they do.

So come and see Scilly at its best. Browse the listings below and book your walks today.

For a guide to how the walks are graded, download our Guide to Walk Scilly Grades.

To book your walks, call us on 01720 424036 or email events@visitislesofscilly.com and we will call you back. Payment for all walks will be taken at the time of booking. Please note - the price of the walks quoted does not include the cost of boat tickets, unless stated. Boating tickets from St. Mary's Boatmen's Association for walks on the off islands can be offered at a 15% discount when booked with your walks.  

If you are staying on St. Agnes, Tresco, Bryher or St. Martin's during Walk Scilly, please enquire about boating times and prices with St. Agnes Boating and Tresco Boats, respectively.

Find your perfect accommodation for the festival now and book your travel. Don't forget to quote code WLKW17 for a 10% discount on Skybus or the Scillonian III. Stay for 3 nights and get the 4th free at Star Castle over the Walk Scilly Weekend. Take a look at some more special offers on accommodation during the Walk Scilly Weekend.

St. Martin's

#MyWildScilly St. Martin’s

St. Martin's

Friday 13th October

Join our wonderfully engaging Zoologist and Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust Ranger, Darren Hart, for a chance to explore the wilder side of St Martin’s.

Aerial of Teän

Explore the History of Teän

St. Mary's

Thursday 12th October

Teän has a long history of occupation and this walk will take in sites from the prehistoric period to the 20th Century. 

Walking on Bryher

Bryher Top to Toe

Bryher

Saturday 14th October

Join local artist, fireman, water technician, gig coxswain and all-round islander, Chris Potterton to celebrate the colour and contrast of his Bryher home, with a route taking you to see – everything! 

St. Agnes

Spiced Foraging Walk, St. Agnes

St. Agnes

Saturday 14th October

Head for St. Agnes with celebrated forager and award-winning wild food author, Rachel Lambert for a fantastic Spiced Foraging Walk.

A plate of foraged goodies at Karma

Wild Forage & Sunday Feast

St. Martin's

Sunday 15th October

Enjoy a fun day out on St. Martin's foraging for fruits, spices and seeds, before sitting down to a Foraged Sunday Feast at Karma St. Martin's.

Isles of Scilly Museum

Isles of Scilly Museum

St. Mary's

Walk Scilly Discount

Throughout Walk Scilly Weekend the Isles of Scilly Museum are offering a special price for Walk Scilly walkers. Come and take a look at exhibits of local interest, from pre-history to the present day.

 

View of the Harbour

St. Mary’s – Maritime Hugh Town

St. Mary's

Monday 16th October

Discover Scilly’s incredibly rich maritime history on this morning stroll through Hugh Town and up to the lifeboat slip.

Boat trip

Fins, Flippers & Feathers – A trip to the Western Rocks

St. Mary's

Sunday 15th October 

Join skipper and wildlife photographer Joe Pender, and birder and environment academic Dr. Rob Lambert (plus Bella the boat dog) aboard MV Sapphire on a marine meander around the Western Rocks in search of seabirds, wading birds, sea ducks, divers, grey seals and dolphins. 

Troytown Farm cows

St Agnes – Troytown Farm Walk, Talk & Tour

St. Agnes

Sunday 15th October

Take a stroll through the fields of England’s most south-westerly farm on St. Agnes with owner, Tim Hicks and his son, Sam.

Bishop & Wolf Folk night

Welcome Party at Bishop & Wolf

St. Mary's

Thursday 12th October

Come and join us at the Bishop & Wolf, right in the centre of Hugh Town for a fun, informal gathering to welcome all the Walk Scilly walkers and meet your guides for the weekend.

 

Starry night sky St. Martin's on Scilly: photo credit Bruce Frank

Captivating Dark Skies, St. Martin’s

St. Martin's

Friday 13th October

Join the St. Martin’s COSMOS group for this very special fundraising evening – a dark skies walk on St. Martin’s, the perfect place to look up into unpolluted darkness and observe the universe.

Porthcressa beach

Rock Pool Roam for Scilly’s Coastal Creatures

St. Mary's

Monday 16th October

Join born and bred Scillonian, Nikki Banfield of the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust for a brisk delve into Scilly’s fascinating rockpools on Porthcressa beach and discover our wild and wonderful coastal inhabitants.

Evening Bat Detective Walk, St. Mary’s

St. Mary's

Sunday 15th October

Starting just after sundown, it’s time to turn bat detective! Meet local bat experts Mike and Anne Gurr who will take you on a fun night walk to the Elm trees at Rose Hill before heading back towards Porthmellon and through Doily Wood to “Nowhere”.

Walking on St. Mary's

St. Mary’s – Secret St. Mary’s

St. Mary's

Sunday 15th October

Join Scillonian Nikki Banfield for a chance to explore the quieter side of St. Mary’s: learn about Scilly’s woodlands, secret gardens, golden beaches, ancient landscapes, heathland and farmland all in one tidy package.  

Great Pool, Tresco

Wildlife & Bird Watching Walk on Tresco

Tresco

Friday 13th October 

Will Wagstaff, Scilly’s resident ornithologist and naturalist, hosts this walk to Tresco.