Tickets are now on sale for Walk Scilly 2017, the popular walking festival with seven days of themed walks led by expert guides, taking place on the Isles of Scilly from 1 to 7 April.
Now in its 11th year, Walk Scilly has grown to offer 29 walks, more than ever before, including new walks and old favourites such as wildlife discovery tours, food foraging forays, top-to-toe rambles across all five inhabited islands, and a Mediterranean stroll through Tresco Abbey Garden.
Scilly is a walker’s paradise. An uncrowded and unspoilt cluster of islands 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall, it’s known for endless white sand beaches, crystal clear blue waters and exotic flora and fauna. Walk Scilly is the very best way of exploring the islands’ spectacular scenery, wildlife and heritage.
New for this year is a rare visit to the tiny uninhabited island of Nornour led by local archaeologist Dr. Katharine Sawyer, as part of a boat trip around the Eastern Isles with seabirder and photographer Joe Pender. Katharine will be telling walkers of the island’s long period of habitation during the Bronze and Iron Ages, and the hut circles that were uncovered in the early 1960s, revealing numerous Roman finds, such as more than 300 brooches from the 1st to 3rd century, thought to be offerings of respect to a local cult.
There’s another chance to unearth the history of two more of Scilly’s uninhabited islands. Investigate post-medieval ruins, Bronze Age burial chambers and stone rows on Samson, uninhabited since the mid-1800s, and the two main archaeological sites on St. Helen’s.
Anyone sailing or flying to Scilly between 30 March and 10 April inclusive can take advantage of a 10% travel discount with Isles of Scilly Travel. Phone the booking line on 01736 334220 and quote WLK17.
Tickets for each walk are limited so book now! Phone 01720 424036 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For the full programme of walks and to find out more, go to: www.visitislesofscilly.com/walkscilly.
Will was joined on the phone by David Jackson, Executive Director of Islands' Partnership On Friday's Morning Show for the weekly update to talk in more detail about Walk Scilly 2017 amongst other things. You can hear the full interview below.