THE eighth annual Walk Scilly event – which kick starts the Scilly tourist season – is set to take place in April with added horse-riding, cycling and seal snorkelling.
Organised by new tourism body the Islands' Partnership, the festival packs in no fewer than 22 themed and guided walks across all five inhabited islands with desert Samson thrown in for good measure .
"Walk Scilly is growing in stature and popularity," said partnership co-ordinator Amanda Pender, "so we are delighted to be able to broaden its appeal this year with some new attractions. There is no better way to explore the islands than on foot."
The programme includes foraging adventures, seabird walks, a guide to flower farming and farmed landscapes, evening stargazing walks, a Mediterranean stroll, a coastal trail run for the more energetic, historical adventures, "top-to-toe" island tours, heath-land tales as well as wildlife walks.
There is also the opportunity to learn more about the islands' Seabird Recovery Project on both St Mary's and St Agnes, dedicated to preserving threatened seabirds like the Manx shearwater.
All walks are hosted by expert guides, the week opening with a welcome party at the St Mary's Hall Hotel while there is a 'Scilly through the Ages' slideshow on April 15 and a local produce market at the town hall on April 17.
Scilly's Folk Festival kicks off on April 16 when walkers can wrap up their week with a barn dance hoedown.