18th April 2013 - The Northern/Eastern coast of St Mary's
from the bottom of McFarland's Down, round to Innisidgen
really lovely weather on Scilly today - glorious sunshine,
but with a proper fresh Easterly wind. Quite typical weather
for the World Pilot Gig Championships, which will be taking
place here in a couple of weeks. But I digress...
also perfect weather for a quick jaunt around the leeward
side of St Mary's. I started out at McFarland's Down (the
community bus will drop you at the top of this track), to
be greeted by these stunning views towards Tresco and St Martin's.
I didn't drop right down to the beach this time, but took
a higher track through the trees, bringing me out at Innisidgin
burial chamber. Most of the daffodils at this spot are past
their best now, but keep your eyes peeled for violets and
lesser celandine, which are just coming into bloom.
towards Pelistry beach and Tolls island.
stretch of coastline brings you to secluded Watermill Bay,
and shortly after, the gorgeous fine sand of Pelistry beach.
It was sheltered enough today to do a spot of sunbathing here,
and yet, there was hardly a soul to be seen.
Pelistry, I again took the higher track, stopping to appreciate
this view back towards the beach and Tolls island, from the
battery at Mount Todden. When I reached Deep Point, I headed
straight up towards another burial chamber (my route today
would be perfect for archaeology enthusiasts) before dropping
down past the "loaded camel" rocks, into Porth Hellick.
like views like this practically on your doorstep, Mount
Todden cottage (in a quiet location, on a small mixed
farm) has some vacancies for 2013.