Walks And Walking – Walk Scilly 2014 Walking Festival

Walks And Walking – Walk Scilly 2014 Walking Festival – 12-18 April 2014

There’s no better way to explore the Isles of Scilly than on foot. Like nowhere else in England, the entire archipelago is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, right down to the last grain of sand. Located just off the coast of Cornwall, the islands are outstandingly beautiful and unspoilt. Walk Scilly 2014 offers walkers the opportunity to discover the rich heritage of the five inhabited islands, guided by local experts. An invitation to taste the UK’s mildest Spring, with hedgerows and gardens in full bloom, April on Scilly also promises the return of birds and wildlife to these sub-tropical shores.

Walks And Walking - Walk Scilly 2014 Walking Festival - St. Mary's Landscape

Walks And Walking – Walk Scilly 2014 Walking Festival – St. Mary’s Landscape

The Walks

The seven day festival offers a series of themed walks across the islands’ 60 miles of pathways. Led by guides, with an intimate knowledge of the islands and British countryside, you’ll be able to hop between the islands, without the worry of having to plan your boat trips and walking routes. In addition to its sandy white beaches, Scilly has the UK’s greatest concentration of prehistoric burial sites and one of Europe’s highest numbers of shipwrecks. The islands are also a mecca for rare migrant bird species.

New for 2014 will be a range of activities immersing walkers in true Scillonian life. Ranging from cockle and winkle picking, and learning how to cook these coastal delicacies, to a walk around a working farm, picking some island grown narcissi, and a guided coastal run, there’s a little something for everyone. Additional themes for the walks include archaeology, gardens, boats, and even star gazing at the islands’ phenomenally dark skies.

Time out

Walk Scilly coincides with the Isles of Scilly Folk Festival (17-20 April), and what better way to end a day of rambling than relaxing to some happy melodies, fine food and a pint of ale? And, if you’d like to rest those aching feet for the day, you’ll be able to pop along to one of the islands’ food events, snorkel with seals, or explore the archipelago’s uninhabited islands by kayak.

The detail

What does it cost? £7 (3 hour half day walk), £12 (6 hour full day walk). 8-16 yrs half price, under 8s are free. Activities will be charged at separate rates. Please note activities are still being finalised and may be subject to change. For more information on the week and accommodation – www.simplyscilly.co.uk, tic@scilly.gov.uk, 01720 424 031 How to get there – islesofscilly-travel.co.uk Press – Pip Trentham, Wolf Rock Marketing, 07795 273345, pip@wolfrockmarketing.co.uk

What’s stopping you?

The Isles of Scilly are like nowhere else in England. An outstandingly beautiful cluster of islands off the coast of Cornwall, Scilly is a world apart from everyday life. Flying in by small plane, or arriving by sea, you know immediately that you’re somewhere very special. Your guaranteed an experience like no other.

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