The long-awaited Isle of Wight Walking Festival, which runs from October 9-22, has released details of the walks on offer.
Boasting miles of winding footpaths through beautiful coast and countryside, the Island is a haven for hikers, walkers and wanderers alike – the Walking Festival with family, take a stroll with friends, connect with new people in the great outdoors or reconnect with nature and learn about the Island’s thriving wildlife.
Working closely with the Isle of Wight Ramblers’ Association, the National Trust and a number of volunteer ‘Walk Leaders’, the walks are graded by pace: from gentle, to moderate through to strenuous walks for the more experienced hiker.
Ranging from the longest walk of 18½ miles (‘Eastern Yar Source to Sea’ is split across two days) to the shortest (a discovery of rock pools and fossil hunting at Fort Victoria), the Walking Festival, organised by Visit Isle of Wight, is a fantastic opportunity to get out and discover the majesty of the great outdoors in this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Ian Griffiths, a walk leader and Chairman of Visit Isle of Wight, said: “As the Chairman of Visit Isle of Wight, which is organising the Walking Festival, and as a walk leader, I am looking forward to welcoming people to join me and fellow walk leaders to enjoy the Island’s scenery. There are so many spectacular walks, filled with adventure, history and fun so now is the time to start booking yours.
“If you are ready for a longer challenge along some of the Island’s river trails, it would be great for you to join one of my walks, the Wroxall Stream Trail, Scotchells Brook and Red Squirrel Trail or a walk over two days following the eastern Yar river from its source to the sea!”
Walking groups are restricted in numbers and all walks must be booked on isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk in advance to avoid disappointment.