Inter-Island Walk Filmed For BBC’s Coast Series

Organiser Clare Lewis being filmed

46 people took part in yesterday’s Inter-Island Walk to raise money for charities including the RNLI.

The route from St Martin’s to Tresco, via Samson and Bryher took around 2 hours and organiser, Clare Lewis, described the conditions as perfect.

The event was being filmed for an episode of the BBC’s Coast series and presenter, Nick Crane, took part in the walk. He described the walk as “eccentric” adding it was a “great way to see the islands.”

Anna Riggs, who produces Coast says they got great footage and will feature bronze-age Bryher in their filming today.

Regular visitor to the islands, Margaret Majors, described the walk as hard going but thought the effort was worth it to see the beautiful colours of the water.

And one interesting side effect of the low water was the abundance of seven-armed starfish that were visible to the walkers. Jaclyn Pearson from the RSPB says on a normal day she’d see a couple but during the walk she saw about sixty.

The final sum raised isn’t known yet but Clare told us one participant had already donated £1400.

As the wind started to pick up in the afternoon, the scheduled swim from Tresco to St Mary’s was switched to one in Tresco waters only.

The swim was won by Martin Lewis.