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Unnamed Road, Isles of Scilly TR23 0PR, UK
Distance: 3.8 km
Difficulty: Easy
Method: Walking
Wow Factor: 10 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: Isles of Scilly
  • Size: 38 hectares
  • Terrain: sandy paths; two small hills
  • Access: boat
  • Height gain: 130 metres
  • Map: OS Explorer 101
  • Starting point: Bar Point, north east of island
  • Accommodation/food:

    no food, water or toilets available on Samson

  • Island Summary:

    a day to yourself on a remote, uninhabited island. Soft white sands, shallow, clear water and silence. A blissful walk and plenty of opportunity to re-imagine the lives of islanders of the past as you explore the haunting ruins of their homes and farms. What’s there not to like?

  • Look out for:
    • Wild swimming at Bar Point
    • Exploring the ruins of Neolithic sites
    • Walking up North and South hills for wonderful views
  • Route description:

    an easy walk taking in North Hill and South Hill and the isthmus between, passing all of the points of interest on the island

  • Getting there:

    boat from St Mary’s and then transfer mid-sea to a rib to land on the island

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