Walk Scilly, the annual spring-time walking festival on the Isles of Scilly, is shapping up to be bigger and better than ever before.
This year, due to popular demand, the festival has been extended to 11 days and 37 walks. Running from 4 to 14 April, Walk Scilly 2018 overlaps with the Easter holidays, which allows the addition of new, exciting walks for all the family. The full festival programme is released online and tickets for the walks go on sale today.
Twenty-eight miles off the coast of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly are made for walking. Unspoilt and uncrowded, the archipelago is known for endless white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and exotic flora and fauna. There’s no better way of exploring the islands’ amazing scenery, wildlife and cultural heritage than Walk Scilly’s rambles, hikes and strolls, with expert local guides bringing the treasures and hidden gems of each island to life.
New walks for this year include an energetic hike around the entire coastline of St. Mary’s, and brisk walks on St. Martin’s out to the iconic red and white Daymark, and on Tresco, from north to south.
There’s a sunrise stroll to a spiritual spot with a guided meditation, a sensory amble around St. Agnes introducing island sounds and experiences, and a stargazing walk on St. Martin’s, the perfect place to look up into unpolluted darkness and marvel at the Milky Way, planets and stars.
Families with young children will be able to celebrate the delightful story of The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Ronda Armitage, complete with mini-quests and a picnic lunch. Michael Morpurgo fans can follow in his footsteps across Bryher, finishing at a new mini-Morpurgo exhibition in the island’s red phone box, and walks on St. Mary’s will let families delve into Scilly’s fascinating rockpools and turn bat detective using their very own bat detector kit.
All this, plus old favourites such as uninhabited island adventures, food foraging forays, farm walks, sea safaris, wildlife discovery tours, beachcombing, top-to-toe rambles across all five inhabited islands and an insiders’ stroll around Tresco Abbey Garden.
David Jackson, Executive Director of the Islands' Partnership, said: “There’s no stopping Walk Scilly. It’s our 12th and biggest festival yet, and a fantastic way to kickstart the 2018 season. All of the walks are distinctly Scillonian, but each one shows a different side of island life. There’s something for everyone this year, young and old, so don’t miss out!”
There’s also an evening programme including a welcome party, acoustic folk nights at the Bishop & Wolf, a special evening at the Isles of Scilly Museum and a series of history and wildlife talks.
To book your walks, phone 01720 620601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For the full festival programme and to find out more, go to www.visitislesofscilly.com/walkscilly.