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The Islands' Partnership has launched the programme for this year's Walk Scilly Weekend 2017, taking place from 12th to 16th October. 

Covering five of the inhabited islands plus Tean, there will be a total of 19 guided walks and a boat trip, all themed to show off the islands during the autumn months and encourage visitors to the islands later on in the year. Highlights include a Dark Skies walk on St. Martin's to raise funds for the planned new Observatory, two foraging walks, including one with a special feast at Karma St. Martin's and the ever-popular island Top to Toes as well as plenty of opportunity to turn detective and seek out bats, birds, butterflies and bees! For those in need of resting their weary legs, there will be a special boat safari to the Western Rocks to check out the seabirds and seals (often seen with their pups at this time of year.)

"Autumn is a very special time of year on Scilly and it's great that we host this event to help extend the season for visitors and businesses well into October," says David Jackson, Executive Director of the Islands' Partnership, says: “The wildlife is spectacular  in October, with resident and migrating birds to spot, seal pups to catch sight of, and Scilly bees and bats to seek out. The hedgerows and rock pools are fantastic for foraging, too."

Check out the full programme on VisitIslesofScilly.com/WalkScilly