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The Garrison Loop and High Lanes

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The Garrison Loop and High Lanes
Author: dulcie, Published: 20 Oct 2014 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
Cornwall, Isles of Scilly
Walk Type: Coastal
The Garrison Loop and High Lanes
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A small archipelago 28 miles southwest of Lands End are the Isles of Scilly. They consist 5 inhabited and 51 uninhabited islands. The largest of the inhabited islands is St Mary's which is where this walk is located.

The walk begins with an optional loop around The Garrison, home to the Elizabethan Fort the Star Castle, now a hotel. The High Lanes section of the walk takes in number of St Mary's hostelries including Juliet's with its fabulous terrace overlooking Hugh Town and the harbour and also the Kaffehaus in High Lanes, a slice of Bavaria in the middle of St Mary's.

The walk starts in the middle of Hugh Town, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly. The Scillonian Ferry runs almost daily from Penzance to St Mary's between April and October. Alternatively the Skybus flies from Lands End, Newquay and Exeter to St Mary's all year round.

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Walk Sections

Start to Entrance to Star Castle
Start to Entrance to Star Castle

Start point: 49.9146 lat, -6.3161 long
End point: 49.9155 lat, -6.3192 long

Start from the centre of Hugh Town at the junction of Garrison Lane and Hugh Street.

Continue along Garrison Lane gently uphill. At the first fork take the right hand road and immediately stay left up between two high walls. Carry on uphill and eventually you will see the Garrison gate. Pass through the gate and continue up to Star Castle. As you approach the castle, stay to the right-hand path and take a moment to admire the views of Hugh Town harbour. Further afield you will see the islands of St Martins with its sandy beaches, the uninhabited island of Tean, Tresco with its trees and on the left-hand edge you can just about see Cromwell's Castle. Across the small channel is the island of Bryer and the twin hillocks of Samson.

Follow the path around the castle with the garden accommodation on your left. At the fork take the right-hand path through a wooden gate with a Duchy of Cornwall sign. Bishop's Rock, the most southwesterly lighthouse in Britain, and the isle of St Agnes will then come in to view.

Continue following the line of the Garrison wall. As you round the corner, Penennis Head lighthouse comes in to view. At Morning Point Battery take a moment to enjoy the views over the sea and St Agnes. Continue along the path and follow it round to the left. Walk down the path with a high wall to your right and occasional glimpses of Old Town through the hedge.

Eventually you will reach Duchy of Cornwall cottages on your left. Continue along the path and join a tarmac road with a high wall to your right and houses to your left. Pass Garden Battery opposite the Duchy of Cornwall offices, commanding a fabulous view of Old Town beach and beyond. Continue on the path until you get back to the Garrison Gate.

Entrance to Star Castle to Porthloo Beach

Start point: 49.9155 lat, -6.3192 long
End point: 49.9209 lat, -6.308 long

Follow the road back down the hill to the junction of Garrison Lane and Hugh Street.

Take the Lower Strand with the green and beach on your left. Ignore the steps down to the beach on your left and continue past the old school on your right. Carry on downhill past the beach restaurant and you will then see a sign on the left to Harry's Walls. Turn left here and follow the sandy path. Eventually you will reach a fork in the path, keep left.

As you come round the headland you will see the sign for Harry's Wall on your right with steps up to this 16th Century fort. Follow the path to the left with Porthmellon on your left. As you walk past Newport House on your right the path bears right down some steps. At this point there are two craft shops well worth a visit.

Follow the new road through Porthloo boat park and at the T-junction turn left.

Porthloo Beach to End

Start point: 49.9209 lat, -6.308 long
End point: 49.9147 lat, -6.3161 long

At the end of Porthloo beach the road climbs steadily up away from the beach. The road then climbs steeply and passes Juliet's - a lovely cafe with great views of the harbour. Follow the road as it continues uphill and bends to the right. Just before you get to the next T-junction take a moment to rest in the community garden and orchard.

At the T-junction turn right and follow the road. Take the first turn left along Town Lane/High Lanes. As the road bends round to the right you will see on your left the Isles of Scilly Country Guest House. At the back of this is the Kaffehaus - well worth a stop for lunch or a slice of their homemade strudel. Continue past the cafe. Eventually the road will lead you round to the right. Continue on this road (ignoring the road to the left).

Take the next turning on the right, lined with tall trees on the left. At the bottom of the hill the road bends round to the right and you will see a signpost with 'Holyvale' written down it. Follow the sign to the right for Hugh Town. You will join an unmade and uneven road until you reach a crossroads with a tarmac road. Cross over the road and pass Farmer Brown's Bulb Shop on your left. Go ahead to continue on the unmade road (Rocky Hill) until you reach another tarmac road. Immediately on your left just before the road you will see a wooden gate signed Lower Moors Nature Trail. Go through the gate and follow the path until you reach the road again.

Turn right along this road (Telegraph Road) and follow it back into Hugh Town. Eventually you will pass the junction again for Harry's Walls on your right and the old school building on your left. You will finally get back into the centre of Hugh Town where the walk began.

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1 responses to "The Garrison Loop and High Lanes"

The isles of Scilly is a great place to walk. You are never far away form the sea on this route as you might expect. Plenty of places to sit and watch the world go by.

By Richard on 2015-03-15 12:09:09

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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