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Church Quay, Bryher
All Saints' Church

Beautiful stained glass windows depicting ocean wildlife.

Island Fish

Fresh lobster and crab from Island Fish a.k.a. the Lobster man just left of the Vine cafe.

Distance: 8.2 km
Difficulty: Easy
Method: Walking
Wow Factor: 8 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: Isles of Scilly
  • Size: 330 hectares
  • Terrain: Easy to follow path; mixed grass and rock
  • Access: Ferry from St Mary's or Tresco; at very low tides it's possible to walk across from Tresco
  • Height gain: 181 metres
  • Map: OS Explorer 101
  • Starting point: Church Quay, Bryher. Lat/Long 49.9528, -6.3496.
  • Accommodation/food:

    Food and refreshments Hell Bay Hotel n the west of the island; Vine Cafe in middle of island; and Fraggle Rock bar/cafe in the north east of the island. Don’t miss Hell Bay’s Crab Shack’s local crab, mussel and scallop feast. Various self-catering, B&B’s and a campsite. Well-stocked shop in The Town stocking the delicious island tattie cake.

  • Island Summary:

    A rugged island pounded by Atlantic waves on one side in stark contrast to the tranquillity of the sheltered east coast and its quiet sandy beaches. With a pub called Fraggle Rock and the location for inspiring and filming Michael Morpurgo’s, “Why the Whales Came” this island offers huge variety and interest to the islandeer. There are plenty of high quality refreshment stops too, along with temptation from the stalls selling fresh island produce and the delicious Veronica’s fudge dotted along the way. You’ll not go hungry here!

  • Look out for:
    • The beautiful stained glass windows depicting ocean wildlife in All saints church
    • Fresh lobster and crab from Island Fish
    • Swimming the gully at Shipman Head
    • Tattie cake from the stores
    • Explore the longest sea cave in Scilly
  • Route description:

    A straightforward & varied route around the outer edge of the island. Don’t miss a wild swim in the gully of Shipman Head, exploring the longest cave in the Scilly Isles on the west coast and the ancient cairns that dot the landscape

  • Getting there:

    Boats from either St Mary’s or Tresco.

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