The Isles of Scilly
Intermediate to advanced trip
White sand, empty beaches and a timeless archipelago. The isles of Scilly are a very special place for the sea kayaker. We will meet in Penzance on 10th June and load our empty boats onto a trailer for safe winching onto the ferry. We will take the 09.15 Scillonian III ferry to St Mary’s on 10th June. It’s normally about a three hour journey. Our bags will be labelled and delivered to St Martins after landing. We’ll paddle from St Mary’s to St Martins and base ourselves at the camp site there for the week. Sandy beaches, rocky outcrops, lots of seabirds. It’s wonderful place to be and simply stunning scenery from the kayak. We will reverse the journey on 17th June and take the 16.30 ferry back to Penzance.
The Isles of Scilly archipelago lies 21 miles WSW of Lands End and consists of about 100 islands in an area of about 16 x 11 km. There are six inhabited islands and four of these have camp sites. Wild camping is not permitted as this would place to much pressure on fragile ecosystems. We will camp on St Martins, rather quieter than the main island of St Mary’s, and aim to visit the other islands on day trips in lightly loaded boats. St Martins has a great campsite and it’s shores allow us to paddle in many different wind strength and sea states.
The waters have strong tides and being out in the Atlantic the weather can make the paddling fairly exciting. A trolley is a good idea on this trip to wheel your boat to the water line on different islands. There are regular ferries from St Martins to the other islands so non-paddlers or those seeking a day off can explore on land too.
We will bring camping gear and some food from the mainland but there is a pub and a shop on St Martins. This trip will be led by Kevin Brown with Julie Perren as a co-leader. All paddlers should be close to or above BC 3 star level.
Date 10 -17 June 2020
Time: All of the day
Cost: 6000 SEK if using own equipment.
8500 SEK if using our kayaks, and camping gear.
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