Walk Scilly 2017 gets underway tomorrow and this year's installment of the week long walking festival is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before.
It's grown year on year and now in its 11th, 29 walks will be on offer, more than ever before, including a mixture of new walks and old favourites.
These include wildlife discovery tours, food foraging forays, top-to-toe rambles across all five inhabited islands, and a Mediterranean stroll through Tresco Abbey Garden.
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 centuries, thought to be offerings of respect to a local cult.
Explore the seven peaks of Bryher with artist, fireman and gig coxswain Chris Potterton, immerse yourself in Scilly’s rich maritime history with shipwreck expert Richard Larn OBE, or enjoy wildlife adventures across the islands with local ornithologist Will Wagstaff.
Why not got on a tour of Troytown Farm with owner Tim Hicks on St. Agnes that makes more than 30 flavours of ice cream!
Other highlights include a ghost walk through Hugh Town up to the Star Castle hotel on St. Mary’s, built during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The walk ends at the hotel’s Dungeon Bar, where 400 years ago some of the most notorious prisoners in the country were incarcerated.
To book your walking tickets, call 01720 424036 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find the full programme of walks here.
Will spoke to Lucy from Two Blondes Walking who is covering the event in a journalistic capacity and Carolyn Garmen from Islands' Partnership and you can listen to both of them below.