Walking in the Isles of Scilly
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A guidebook to 11 easy walks (2.5 to 16km) and 4 boat trips on the Scilly Isles. The routes explore Tresco, St Martin's, St Mary's and Bryher, as well as some of the smaller Scilly Isles, all designated as an AONB. The guide includes information on the history, geology and ecology of the islands, which are designated as Heritage coast.
- Mild climate all year round. You should pre-book accommodation in August, as it gets busy.
- Hugh Town, St Agnes, Bryher, Tresco, St Martin's
- All easy, low-level walks
- Must See
- Wildflowers, Hugh Town Garrison, Tresco Abbey Garden, boat trips (including the 'Seabird Specials'), Bird Life
This guidebook to walking on the Scilly Isles at the south-western edge of Britain includes 11 day walks and 4 boat trips, perfect for a fortnight away from it all. The walks are between 2 and 16km long, and explore the larger islands such as Tresco, St Martin's, St Mary's, St Agnes and Bryher as well as smaller islands in the archipelago. Alongside the walks, which are suitable for walkers of all abilities, are 4 Boat Trips which explore Annet and the Western Rocks, the Norrard Rocks, St Helens and Teän as well as the Eastern Isles.
With their mild climate and relaxing atmosphere, the Isles make an ideal destination for a retreat, with stunning scenery, rich bird life and myriad wildflowers. Basking in sunshine, rising green and pleasant from the blue Atlantic Ocean, fringed by rugged cliffs and sandy beaches, they reveal their charms to those who walk the headlands, sail from island to island and take time to observe the sights, sounds and scents of the landscape. All routes are illustrated with OS mapping and contain lots of background information on the history, geology and ecology of the islands. There is also practical information on public transport services and accommodation.
Getting to the Isles of Scilly
Getting around the Isles of Scilly
Tourist Information and Accommodation
Maps of the Isles of Scilly
Marine Park Wildlife
Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust
The Duchy of Cornwall
The Plan of this Guide
Walk 1 Hugh Town Trail
Walk 2 The Garrison Wall
Walk 3 St Mary’s Coast
Walk 4 St Mary’s Nature Trails
Walk 5 The Gugh
Walk 6 St Agnes
Boat Trip 1 Annet and the Western Rocks
Walk 7 Samson
Walk 8 Bryher
Boat Trip 2 The Norrard Rocks
Walk 9 Tresco
Walk 10 Tresco Abbey Garden
Boat Trip 3 St Helen’s and Teän
Walk 11 St Martin’s
Boat Trip 4 The Eastern Isles
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Useful contacts
MAPS OF THE ISLES OF SCILLY
The Isles of Scilly could be explored easily enough without using maps, as the total land area is only 16 km2 (6¼ square miles), but mapless visitors would miss a great deal along the way. Detailed maps reveal alternative routes and other options to the walks in this book. Dozens of near and distant features can be identified in view, and access to all the relevant placenames is literally at your fingertips.
The following maps of the islands are available in a variety of scales and styles. Ordnance Survey grid references indicate the starting point of each walk throughout this guidebook.
Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer 101 – Isles of Scilly. This map gives the most accurate depiction of the Isles of Scilly on one large sheet, including all the rocks and reefs that make up this complex group, along with a wealth of interesting and amazing placenames.
Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger 203 – Land’s End, The Lizard & Isles of Scilly. This map shows the Isles of Scilly as an inset. The map offers little detail of the islands and is not particularly recommended detailed exploration, though it is a useful general map and worth having if you are also considering walking around neighbouring Land’s End and The Lizard in Cornwall.
Free leaflets containing maps of all or some of the islands can be collected from the Tourist Information Centre or picked up from other locations. Some will prove useful, others less useful, and many of them exist to highlight a variety of services and attractions around the islands. Marine navigation charts are for those who sail as well as walk, or for serious marine studies.
The maps in this guidebook are extracted from the Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 map and an overlay shows the walking routes. A few of the maps aren’t of walking routes, but show groups of small islands and rocks that can be visited on boat trips and are covered by short descriptive chapters. There are also a few small-scale plans, showing greater detail of Hugh Town, The Garrison and the amazing Tresco Abbey Garden.
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A few website addresses have changed since this book went to print.
Introduction/Tourist information and accommodation
www.visitislesofscilly.co.uk > www.visitislesofscilly.com
Walk 8 – Bryher, Facilities box:
www.bryher-ios.co.uk > www.bryher-islesofscilly.co.uk
Appendix B – Useful contacts
www.visitislesofscilly.co.uk > www.visitislesofscilly.com
www.isleofscillyholidays.co.uk > www.islesofscillyholidays.co.uk
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Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other publications. He has written for a variety of outdoor magazines, as well as many booklets and brochures for tourism organisations. Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. He enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States.View Articles and Books by Paddy Dillon
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