Bikes And Horse Rides To Extend This Year’s Walk Scilly Festival

walkers on strandVisitors to this year’s walking festival will get a chance to understand how farming works on the islands.

And attendees of the 8th Walk Scilly Festival who would like to see Scilly at a faster pace will be able to run, bike or horse-ride around the islands, as the festival expands beyond the traditional rambling events.

It’s the second year that the tourism body, the Islands’ Partnership, has arranged the programme, which runs up to Easter.

It was originally set-up by a group of islands’ business and community leaders to “kick start” the tourism season.

Islands’ Partnership Tourism Coordinator Amanda Pender says Walk Scilly is growing in stature and popularity, and organisers wanted to broaden its appeal this year with some new attractions.

New to the 2014 programme are two farming walks. Mother and son Penny and Matthew Rogers will guide visitors around their working flower farm at Lunnon on St Mary’s.

And Zoe Julian will take walkers around the farmed landscape of St Martin’s on a guided tour of Churchtown Farm and the surrounding countryside.

This year there will also be sessions with the St Mary’s Riding Centre and cycling with St Mary’s Bike Hire.

More energetic visitors can join a 6 to 8 mile coastal run around St Mary’s with Bryony and Nick Lishman. They have recently formed their new Adventure Scilly business.

And new for this April will be a chance to learn more about the Seabird Recovery Project on St Agnes, which is culling rats in order to reverse the declining numbers of seabirds.

The 22 themed and guided walks include the traditional stargazing, food foraging, history and wildlife walks too.

Tickets for the festival, which runs from 12th to 18th of April, are now available at the newly renamed Visitor Information Point at Porthcressa.

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