St Agnes & Gugh - Isles of Scilly

by Robin Fuller April. 07, 2021 125 views
Arriving at St Agnes the pub is the first place you see but, in our case, the last place we visited - had to catch the low tide to walk to Gugh.

Arriving at St Agnes the pub is the first place you see but, in our case, the last place we visited - had to catch the low tide to walk to Gugh.

St Agnes is my favourite of those Isles of Scilly which I have visited. It feels so remote and peaceful with beautiful and varied scenery and a rugged ocean backdrop. St Agnes is joined to Gugh (rhymes with Hugh) by a tombolo, a sandbar forming an isthmus called the Gugh Bar, which is exposed only at low tide. The two islands together have a population of 85 residents recorded in the 2011 census on a landmass of 148 ha. I will take you on a circular walk.

Hauled up on Gugh - this was once someone's pride and joy.

Hauled up on Gugh - this was once someone's pride and joy.

Entrance grave on Gugh.

Entrance grave on Gugh.

As we leave Gugh and walk around St Agnes we look back on the sandbar that connects St Agnes (L) to Gugh (R) which can be crossed only at low water.

As we leave Gugh and walk around St Agnes we look back on the sandbar that connects St Agnes (L) to Gugh (R) which can be crossed only at low water.

Old arable fields vibrant with wild flowers.

Old arable fields vibrant with wild flowers.

Grassy heath, also with wild flowers.

Grassy heath, also with wild flowers.

The Nags Head rock on the delightfully named Wingletang Down.

The Nags Head rock on the delightfully named Wingletang Down.

The Devil's Punch Bowl on Wingletang Down.

The Devil's Punch Bowl on Wingletang Down.

Starlings on the shoreline forage amongst the Bladderwrack seaweed and other jetsom.

Starlings on the shoreline forage amongst the Bladderwrack seaweed and other jetsom.

A small sandy beach with bolders at the top.

A small sandy beach with bolders at the top.

A rocky shore with what looks like a ruined chapel - but unusually it does not show as a building on the Ordnance Survey map.

A rocky shore with what looks like a ruined chapel - but unusually it does not show as a building on the Ordnance Survey map.

The 'chapel' is Tins Walbert - a daymark - a marker visible to pilots as a navigation guide in daylight - information courtesy of: http://alifetimeofislands.blogspot.com/2014/04/island-213-tins-walbert-st-agnes-isles.html

The 'chapel' is Tins Walbert - a daymark - a marker visible to pilots as a navigation guide in daylight - information courtesy of: http://alifetimeofislands.blogspot.com/2014/04/island-213-tins-walbert-st-agnes-isles.html

The now retired St. Agnes lighthousewas constructed in 1680, the second lighthouse to be built in the western approaches (after the Lizard lighthouse of 1619).

The now retired St. Agnes lighthousewas constructed in 1680, the second lighthouse to be built in the western approaches (after the Lizard lighthouse of 1619).

The Bishop Rock Lighthouse which was completed in 1858 essentially made the St Agnes lighthouse defunct. The Bishop Rock's helipad was added in recent years.

The Bishop Rock Lighthouse which was completed in 1858 essentially made the St Agnes lighthouse defunct. The Bishop Rock's helipad was added in recent years.

Another busy day on the beach at St Agnes!

Another busy day on the beach at St Agnes!

As we approach civilisation, garden flowers mix in with the wild flora.

As we approach civilisation, garden flowers mix in with the wild flora.

An finally civilisation! One of my favourite pubs in all the World.

An finally civilisation! One of my favourite pubs in all the World.

A view from the Turk's Head beer garden - Carribbean scenery, a temperate climate, no crowds, real ale and Cornish pasties for lunch - what's not to like.

A view from the Turk's Head beer garden - Carribbean scenery, a temperate climate, no crowds, real ale and Cornish pasties for lunch - what's not to like.

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John Bracey 5 months, 1 week ago

Lovely Photo Robin, Brought back great memories, especially seeing the Gig.

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