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 Tean 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.
Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer, with over 60 books to his name and contributions to 25 other books. He has walked all of Britain's National Trails and several major European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.
Contents Introduction Location Geology Ancient History Later History Recent History Getting to the Isles of Scilly Getting around the Isles of Scilly Boat Trips Tourist Information and Accommodation Maps of the Isles of Scilly The Walks Guided Walks Island Flowers Island Birds Island Animals Marine Park Wildlife Fishing Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust The Duchy of Cornwall The Plan of this Guide Safety Matters 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 Tean Walk 11: St Martin's Boat Trip 4: The Eastern Isles