Introducing Visit Isle of Wight’s Walking Festival
This spring, Visit Isle of Wight is hosting the annual Isle of Wight Walking Festival, an event dedicated to ramblers, dawdlers, experienced hikers and budding walkers!
The festival is sponsored by Warner Leisure Hotels and is set to take place from 28 April – 13 May, featuring a wide variety of over 90 walks across the Island’s picturesque landscape. The walks are guided by local and other expert walk leaders and allow visitors to explore the very best of the Island’s countryside, from sand dunes and pebbly coves to thatched villages and bustling sailing towns.
Music fans can also celebrate the Isle of Wight Festival’s 50th anniversary with the Jimi Hendrix Afton Experience walk on 4 May and the Bob Dylan and Wootton’s Musical Landmarks walk on 5 May. Mark Rowe, Contributing Editor of BBC Countryfile Magazine, will also be leading a ‘River and Coastal Circular Walk’ across the Island’s marshes, rivers, woodlands, beaches and cliffs.
Abi Fox, Marketing Manager at Visit Isle of Wight, said: “This year marks our 175th anniversary of family adventures on the Island and we’re really excited to offer the Isle of Wight Walking Festival.
“Whether you want a gentle, moderate or brisk paced walk, easy, moderate or strenuous grade walk, or one hour or three-day walk, there are options for all levels of walkers. There is a huge variety of walks on offer, from wildlife, history, health and woodland walks, to around the Island challenges and dinosaur adventures. For those wanting to explore the beauty that the Isle of Wight has to offer on foot, it’s certainly not one to be missed this spring.”
Joanne Forey, Warner Leisure Hotels Sales Manager, said: “The Isle of Wight has so much to offer walkers, from its breathtaking coastal paths, to forest trails, so we’re excited to sponsor this year’s Isle of Wight Walking Festival.
“Our Bembridge Coast and Norton Grange hotels attract walkers from across the UK who love exploring everything the Isle of Wight has to offer, so it’s important that we support local events like this that showcase the island and its treasures.”
Joanne continued: “Our hotel teams are passionate about the surrounding countryside, and are always on hand to advise our guests on the must-see attractions across the island. After all, the Island really is beautiful, who wouldn’t want to explore it?”
Other walks of interest during the festival include Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s iconic ‘Walk the Wight’, a world-famous walk now in its 28th year, which aims to raise money for the Island’s Earl Mountbatten Hospice; and the Isle of Wight Challenge, a full two-day walking challenge with overnight camping.
The majority of walks are free of charge, however some may ask for a donation to the walk leader’s chosen charity. To find out more, visit: www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk.