In this week’s Cornwall and Devon Walks, Julia heads to the Isles of Scilly, an enchanting archipelago of wild islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

Walking a five-mile circular loop around St Martins, an island renowned for its white sand beaches and azure seas, Julia discovers what is believed to be the oldest beacon in Britain, visits a rum distillery and harvests seaweed on a windswept beach. Finally, Julia finishes her island adventure with a hop to Tresco, where she visits the Abbey Gardens, world famous for its sub-tropical plants.

We do not feature pubs on the Isles themselves but taking a day trip is easy by Skybus from Lands End airport or the Scillonian ferry from Penzance Harbour. There are also local tripper boats between the islands. We recommend staying nearby on the mainland at the Old Success Inn at Sennen Cove close to Lands End airport, The Ship Inn in Mousehole just 3 miles from Penzance Harbour or perhaps a bit further afield at the Cadgwith Cove Inn which is located in the tiny Cornish fishing village of Ruan Minor on the Lizard Peninsula.

The Cadgwith Cove Inn has seven en-suite bedrooms and a reputation for keeping a fine selection of cask ales and excellent locally sourced cuisine. Seafood caught by the local fisherman is served to the table the same day. The Inn is over 300 years old and has remained unspoilt since the cove’s old smuggling days. The bars are full of atmosphere and relics from a rich seafaring history adorn the walls. The pub is dog friendly but due to the age of the building and its location it does not have disabled access.

Alternatively the Old Success Inn at Sennen Cove, is charming pub with affordable and well equipped rooms combining the contemporary with the characterful, providing somewhere to eat, drink and stay with magnificent views. If you are walking with your four-legged friend, their apartments are dog friendly too!

The Ship Inn in Mousehole is a wonderful pub full of Cornish character and charm. Their boutique hotel style accommodation offers a calming, contemporary space with a nod to the nautical. Eight of their bedrooms are dog friendly and they serve great value, traditional Cornish pub food and award winning St Austell Brewery ales.

Stay in a Pub is a partner of The Outdoor Guide (TOG), an online resource set up by Julia Bradbury and her sister Gina that aims to bring together information for walks all around the UK. Together we work to inspire people to get out and explore our wonderful country and what better base than to stay in a great British pub.

Details of walking in Cornwall and Devon featured in last week’s episode (Dartmoor National Park Moorland Walk) of the current series of Julia’s walks can be found here