What better place for walkers to explore the beauty of their surroundings, no matter whatever their age, or level of fitness, than at this year’s Isle of Wight Walking Festival.  The Island has always been a very popular destination for walkers and renowned for the warm welcome extended to its visitors.

This year’s Festival is jam-packed with walks and you will be inspired by the amazing choices available.  Examples of events are the history walks, foodie walks, dawn chorus walks, dog walks, Nordic walking, singing walks, children’s walks (dinosaur, fossil hunting, rock pool magic, a unique alpacas walk, Lily-May's Duck feeding walk and ghost walks), exploration walks and ramblers walks.

For seasoned walkers who like to push themselves, why not join the Charybdis Passage trek.  Steel yourself for a 17 mile coastal challenge across rocks with an aim to complete it in around 7 hours (to join the walk a level of fitness equivalent to walking a 15 minute mile is required).

A less challenging, but nonetheless energetic walk is the Round the Island Walk.  You will be taking in awesome coastline scenery which covers a total of 72 miles in 24 hours without stopping.  It is also possible to cover this distance in 3 days, or within a shorter 36 hours.

There is even a Challenge the Wight night time walk which is sure to be atmospheric.  Covering the island under the cloak of darkness is a fantastic experience whilst raising money for the Island Youth Charity. 

If you prefer to support a charity within daylight hours whilst exploring this pretty island, then do try the Walk the Wight, a sponsored walk for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice – an extremely good cause.  There is a long distance walk, or alternatively a shorter flat walk for various levels of fitness.

Interestingly, a speed dating walk is taking place.  Who knows, you may meet the love of your life on this special island.  It is a fact that some participants in previous years have discovered their life-long soul mate!  Why not give it a try if you are looking for romance.

Do take a look at the Isle of Wight Walking Festival website for information on the above and other fantastic walks planned.  The Festival is sure to be memorable and well-worth adding to your diary this year.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

General information: www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk

Challenge the Wight: www.challengethewight.com

Walk the Wight: www.walkthewight.com

Speed Dating walk, email: elaine.cesar@iow.gov.uk