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It’s time to pull on your walking boots and enjoy the Island’s rich and varied landscape at the Autumn Walking Weekend which starts on Friday 21 October.

Experienced walkers will be leading 50 walks, suitable for all ages and abilities, ranging from gentle ambles to challenging rambles.

Highlights of the Autumn Walking Weekend include the ‘Tassles and Torches’ night walk starting at 9pm from Sandown Bay Academy which is raising money for Breast Cancer Research and the ‘Live on honour walk’ in aid of the Poppy Appeal, which will take walkers along the scenic Warrior Trail which was created to commemorate one of the Island’s most prominent First World War stories.

There are walks for children including special fossil walks running daily throughout the weekend at Brook Chine, giving people the chance to discover dinosaur footprints and fossil trees. Have fun in the park at Lily-May’s Duck Feeding Walk, taking place at Big Meade in Shanklin on Saturday 22 October. Or why not make some furry friends and take some Llamas and alpacas for a walk around their farm at Wellow. It’s a fabulous chance to find out all about these beautiful creatures. Walks are taking place daily throughout the weekend.

For those with loud voices and a love of music, Sing Along With Den is the perfect walk – you are welcome to bring along your musical instruments and help Den to sing his way along the three mile route from Merstone on Saturday 22 October, starting at 2pm.

For lovers of history there are many walks to exercise both body and brain. The Robert Hooke Trail takes in the fields and footpaths which may have been trodden by the influential 17th century scientist who was born in Freshwater in 1635 (21 October at 11am). There are two special walks to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. The Isle of Wight Garden Trust is offering expert guided tours of the gardens and inner park at Appuldurcombe which were designed by Capability Brown. The walks take place on 21 and 23 October with donations going towards the conservation work of the Isle of Wight Garden Trust.

Our four-legged friends are not forgotten, with the special RSPCA Big Walkies dog walk, starting at Seaclose Park in Newport at 10.30am on Sunday 23 October. This is a sponsored walk raising money for the RSPCA Isle of Wight Branch (Godshill Animal Centre), with a choice of three or five kilometre routes.

For full details of all of the walks taking place between Friday 21 and Monday 23 October, please go to www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk.


Notes to Editors:

Issued by:
Helen Wheller, Media Team Leader

Email: helen.wheller@iow.gov.uk



Located just a few miles off the mainland and only two hours from the centre of London, the Isle of Wight is truly a walker’s dream, offering over 500 miles of well-maintained footpaths meandering through spectacular breath-taking scenery and terrain making it the perfect place for a walking holiday or break. With footpaths that wind through fields and forests, and it’s 64 miles of coast paths adjacent to some of the Isle of Wight’s most dramatic coastline and beaches.  The Autumn Walking Weekend signifies the end of a wonderful summer season, and gives you the opportunity to breathe in the beautiful scenery, autumnal colours and fresh crisp air which the Island has to offer.

Our walks are for all ages and abilities, all led by our friendly and knowledgeable Leaders and Ramblers, who will take you on a journey of mystery, intrigue and exploration as you traverse our countryside, woodland, pastures, meadows and footpaths of the Island.

Being one the world’s best sites for fossils, there is a guided fossil hunting tour, and there is a dedicated event which takes you along some of the Island’s lesser known paths. If you ever fancied yourself as a Miss Marple or Sherlock Holmes, there is a murder mystery walk taking place.

With over 50 walks to choose from, or simply step out on our Children’s walks, Alpaca walks, Walks from Rails, Ramblers, walks, Exploration walks, History walks, Nature walks, Speed Dating, Foodie walks, Fossil walks Nordic walking and Adventures and more …..

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Five weddings and a baby!!

Have you tried our Speed Dating walk? It’s really great fun! A fantastic relaxed way to meet new friends.

This friendly walk gives you the chance to meet the perfect person of your dreams or just have a lot of fun with like-minded people, and create platonic friendships, for walking partners, or a trip to the cinema or country pub. Why not give it a try?  Make a date and join us!

Registration forms are available on www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk.

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Walk around the Coastal Path with David Yates …

Friday 23rd                   East Cowes to Ventnor              –           27 miles

Saturday 24th        Ventnor to Totland Pier              –           25 miles

Sunday 25th      Totland Pier to West Cowes       –           21 miles

The Round the Island walk may present some fairly tough physical and mental challenges for those of you who are not used to regularly walking long distances.

Walkers are free to make their own accommodation arrangements, but in order to stay in a group, are urged not to carry excessive camping gear. A suggested kit list will be issued.  Please call David for full details. (07718 685936)

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Elaine Cesar | Senior Events Officer | Events

Isle of Wight Council | County Hall | Newport | Isle of Wight PO30 1UD |

Tel : (01983) 821000 Ext 6297 | Fax : (01983) 823109

Email : elaine.cesar@iow.gov.uk | Web : www.iwight.com  



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