Walking Festival leaders sought

Visit Isle of Wight are hosting the Isle of Wight Walking Festival between May 2 and May 17 next year, and are seeking walk leaders to get involved in the popular event. A love of the Isle of Wight and its wide variety of scenery are all that’s required to be part of this important event in the Island’s tourism calendar.

There are a variety of walks in the festival, and Islanders are being encouraged to share their own with others who are taking part. The walks don’t have to be long treks, and some ideas could include routes that highlight points of interest along the way or perhaps involve a shared hobby that people could chat about while walking.

The Island’s status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve announced in June will provide an added interest to those taking part in the Isle of Wight Walking Festival.

Jacqui Robertson, from the Friends of Shanklin Theatre, led her first walk in 2019 and said: “I really enjoyed preparing and leading my first walk, Shanklin Coast to Country. My colleagues and I were surprised to see so many people showing an interest in our town. It is a very rewarding experience and would recommend leading a walk to share our beautiful island with others.”

Abi Fox, Brand Manager at Visit Isle of Wight said: “The Isle of Wight Walking Festival is a fantastic opportunity to share your love of the Island. The festival is a chance to celebrate the Island’s recent Unesco Biopshere Reserve status and really show off hidden gems or tucked away spots that make our Island unique. Walks can be any length and take place during the day or in the evening.”

Find out more at http://tiny.cc/l80jez or email walking@visitwight.org for more information.