‘Ministry of Scilly Walks’ On Toughest Challenge Yet

Robin Lawson, landlord of the New Inn on Tresco

Robin Lawson, landlord of the New Inn on Tresco

The organiser of last weekend’s ‘Ministry of Scilly Walks’ charity event says this year’s challenge felt like the toughest they’ve done so far.

New Inn Landlord Robin Lawson was joined by five other Tresco residents and two people from the mainland for the 45 mile coastal walk from Land’s End to Portreath, in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support.

After setting out in the rain early on Saturday morning, Robin says the weather started to clear and they had plenty of sun during the two-day hike.

Unlike previous years, the team had no support car so had to carry 7 kg packs containing water, food and clothing.

That slowed them down and made the first day goal of reaching St Ives, 30 miles from the start, more difficult.

On the second day they averaged around 3 miles per hour along Hayle Towans, which Robin says was really painful.

And he says having to delay the walk until later in the season, due to illness, meant not everyone was as fit as they could be too.

There were plenty of aches and pains, he said, and if anyone says they weren’t suffering, “then they were fibbing.”

But he said the gorgeous views along the way made up for it.

Money is still coming in and already they’ve passed their £3,500 goal.

Robin said they should end up with a shade under £4,000 and brings the total raised over four years to £20,000.

Robin says he’s certain they’ll do another walking challenge next year and he’s keen to try somewhere further afield, although he says the logistics and cost of organising it outside Cornwall is difficult.