With a backdrop of the stunning archipelago that is Scilly, this year’s Autumn Walk Scilly festival is set to be a wonderful weekend.
Twenty eight miles off the coast of Cornwall, Scilly’s uncrowded and unspoilt cluster of islands is known for its endless white sand beaches, crystal clear blue waters and exotic flora and fauna. As a visitor you can only arrive on to the islands by boat or plane so what better way to enjoy the islands than to take part in the walking festival that brings to life the tales and treasures of the Isles of Scilly in five days of themed walks led by expert guides.
The third Autumn Walk Scilly Weekend, an addition to the successful annual Walk Scilly Week held every April, offers the very best way of exploring the islands’ spectacular scenery, wildlife and heritage. This year’s programme, which runs from 13th to 17th October, has some old favourites and some new experiences such as top-to-toe rambles across the off islands, tours with local wildlife and history experts and a Mediterranean stroll through the world-famous, subtropical Tresco Abbey Garden.
Expect to enjoy wildlife discovery tours of St Agnes and St Mary’s and a photography walk with resident photographer Chris Hall, or forage for food and watch local chefs conjure up a dish from your pickings at one of Scilly’s premier hotels, Karma St. Martin’s. Take a tour around a family-run flower farm and vineyard and hear first-hand tales of island life. Learn about the important work of the Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project, and find out about the history of the island’s churches.
Plus, there’s a also rare chance to unearth the history of two of Scilly’s uninhabited islands with local archaeologist Dr Katharine Sawyer. Here you’ll get the chance to investigate prehistoric and post-medieval sites on Samson, uninhabited since the mid-1800s, and archaeological sites on Tean including Bronze Age burial chambers, an early mediaeval chapel and houses from the 17th and 18th centuries.
This year, the welcome party is sponsored by Juliet’s Garden Restaurant and Bar on St Mary’s, where you can enjoy complimentary tea and cake whilst meeting the guides and fellow walkers. There’s no better way to explore the islands than on foot. And there’s no better time for that than during Walk Scilly Weekend 2016.