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Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) is delighted to announce the Fresh Start Walking Weekend, a two-day event, which the tourism organisation hopes will encourage visitors to kick-start their New Year’s resolutions to get active and healthy.

The new walking programme consists of 10 guided walks over the weekend of 7th and 8th January 2017.

Walks include Fortify Yourself (7th Jan/5miles), the Barnsley Trail (7th Jan/4miles), an attractive circular walk through open countryside and along the shoreline, skirting the areas of Seaview, Seagrove Bay and Nettlestone and North to South (8th Jan/18 miles), a walk-through Parkhurst Forest.

The Jail Trail (7th & 8th January/5.3 miles) is an exciting adventure through historic Newport to Carisbrooke to discover some of the island’s most famous prisoners – plus an opportunity to have a sneak peek into The Guildhall Cells.

January is a time of new beginnings and VIOW believes the combination of stunning coastal and countryside scenery coupled with a range of motivational winter hikes – and walking in the company of like-minded people with knowledgeable local leaders at the helm – will entice visitors to the Island this New Year.

Zoe Stroud, VIOW’s Visitor Experience Manager, said: “The Isle of Wight is a perfect place for being active whatever the time of year. The Fresh Start Walking Weekend is a great way for visitors to burn off some seasonal calories whilst also enjoying some of our spectacular scenery and coastline.”

The announcement to stage the Fresh Start Walking Weekend in January comes hot on the heels of the news that VIOW has revived the Island’s discontinued walking festival. IsleWalk17 will take place from 29th April to 14th May 2017.

For more information about the Fresh Start Walking Weekend, go to www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/walkingfestival


For further information, please contact Sue Emmerson, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd 01983 521555 (ext 29), sue@visitwight.org

Notes to Editors

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10 of the best walks during the 2016 Isle of Wight Walking Festival April 30-May 15

With over 200 walks to choose from, this year’s Isle of Wight Walking Festival between April 30th and May 15th features a very topical Capability Brown Walk at Appuldurcombe (in the 300th anniversary year of the great man himself), as well as the Festival’s famous Speed Dating Walk.

A pdf of the full programme of walks can be downloaded from the Festival website, but here’s our “10 of the Best” to get you started…


Enjoy stretching your body and learning some yoga moves in preparation for your walk along the beach. Refreshments along the way and a relaxation session to rest and rejuvenate yourself after a gentle nature walk.  Duration: 2½ hours, 2 miles.  Cost: £5.


A scenic walk around our farm with your own llama or alpaca.  Learn all things alpaca and llama whilst walking with our beautiful friendly and endearing creatures.  Duration: 1 hour, 1 mile.  Cost: £15 per person walking a llama or alpaca (£3 for extra walker – up to a maximum of two).


Walk along a section of the Eastern Yar discussing the history of the river, the challenges it faces and possible remedies…while collecting twigs en-route for a major tournament!  Duration: 2½ hours, 3 miles.  Cost: Suggested donation of £2 to Gift to Nature.


The first of two walks to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.  The Isle of Wight Gardens Trust is offering an expert guided tour of the gardens and inner park to discover Brown’s only Isle of Wight designed landscape at Appuldurcombe, commissioned in the 18th century by the influential Worsley family.  The house is now in ruins and managed by English Heritage.  Duration: 1½ hours, 1½ miles.  Cost: £5 donation appreciated for conservation work of Isle of Wight Gardens Trusts.


Anecdotal guided walk to the site of the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, returning to Dimbola to see the Festival Exhibition (and ‘experience’ the award-winning tea room!).  Duration: 2½ hours, 4 miles.  Cost: Voluntary donation to Dimbola Lodge Museum.


Join Lily-May at the duck pond at Big Meade Shanklin, to feed the ducks before having great fun in the park.  Bring lots of friends (and an adult).  And don’t forget bread for the ducks.  Duration: 1 hour, 1 mile. Cost: Free.


This Tai Chi and Qi Gong walk is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.  Ideal for co-ordination and balance, promoting control of both body and mind.  Duration: 1½ hours, 2 miles. Cost: £2 donation to Lifeboats.


Meet the person of your dreams on a speed dating walk along Sandown Bay.  Walk starts and finishes at the Fisherman’s Cottage Shanklin stopping for coffee at the Beach Café, Sandown.  Optional lunch at the Fisherman’s Cottage.  Duration: 3 hours, 4 miles. Cost: £12 to include lunch.


Let Taste of the Wight take you on a tour to delight your tastebuds.  Starting at Ventnor Haven Fishery, you will take-in Steephill Cove, Ventnor Botanic Gardens up St. Lawrence to the top of the Undercliff finishing at Whitwell.  All walkers are invited to finish with a meal of local produce back at The White Horse in Whitwell (at walkers’ cost).  Duration: 3 hours, 4 miles.  Cost: Free.


Walk the Wight is a 26½ mile cross-Island sponsored walk in aid of patient care at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.  The walk has some steps and stiles. Duration: 26½ miles.  Cost: Sponsorship or donation to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

For all tourist information about the Isle of Wight, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.


For further information about The Isle of Wight, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight

07766 705672


Notes to Editors

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website www.visitisleofwight.co.uk the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities www.visitwight.org

Isle of Wight Walking Festival:

“Four Weddings and a Baby”


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One of the few walking festivals in Britain with a “Speed Dating Walk” on its schedule, the 2013 Isle of Wight Walking Festival will take place between May 4th and 19th.

Now in its 15th year, the UK’s biggest walking festival will take participants back in time and following in the footsteps of everyone from Alfred Lord Tennyson to Jimi Hendrix; on the trail of everything from dinosaurs to the prefect dawn chorus; and heading everywhere from Queen Victoria’s Osborne House to a non-stop walk around the entire 72-miles coastal path in 24 hours!

But one of the most fascinating of all the walks on a programme of more than 300 walks, and in the year that marks the 50th anniversary year of the Island’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), is the enduringly popular Speed Dating Walk which has so far resulted in four weddings and a baby…with a fifth wedding about to take place in April 2013.


Attracting single walkers from the full extent of the British Isles the walk aims to create long-lasting friendships between like-minded people, but also gives participants the chance to meet a perfect partner.  The start and finish of the Speed Dating Walk in 2013 on Sunday, May 5th, will be at the romantic location of the Fisherman’s Cottage on the Shanklin Esplanade.

The full programme of walks, and registration forms, can be found on the Isle of Wight Walking Festival’s website www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk.  It features some old favourites, as well as some new walks.

Over half of the Island is recognised as an AONB.  And with its 60-miles of dramatic Heritage Coastline and more than 500-miles of well-maintained and signposted footpaths the Island has long been recognised as a walker’s paradise.

One of its biggest fans, Mark King from Level 42, says: “As an Islander born-and-bred, I’m especially proud of our stunningly beautiful scenery, and what better way to enjoy it than walking the seemingly endless miles of footpaths and bridleways that criss-cross this little corner of heaven.”

For further details about the Isle of Wight, visit http://www.visitwight.co.uk.

Isle of Wight Walking Festival Update

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The Isle of Wight Walking Festival this year celebrates its 15th Anniversary! To celebrate they will be having a packed events calendar of over 300 walks, many of which have already been announced.

Some of the walks on offer include historical walks, like “From Ambles to Rambles where you can follow in the footsteps The Poet Laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Robert Hooke, John Milne, Queen Victoria, Jimmy Hendrix, Julia Margaret Cameron.

There are walks for all ages and abilities – Children’s walks, Dinosaur walks, Walks from Rails, Ramblers, walks, Exploration walks, History walks, Nature walks, Foodie walks, Nordic walking, Adventures, Dog Walks, Dawn Chorus walks to name but a few.

This year the festival organisers have introduced a new experience for walkers, allowing you to take an Alpaca for a walk in the beautiful countryside in the West Wight.  For those who like adventure there is an opportunity for a Survival Trek with overnight camping, and the Island’s famous Garlic Farm is now offering a great walking experience with a garlic packed lunch.

The Isle of Wight this year celebrates its 50th year of being classed as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” and there is no better way to see this than with the “Round the Island Walk”. This 72 mile trek can either be done in the epic challenge of a  24 hour walk, or as a more leisurely 3 day version!


As part of the launch weekend, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival organisers are inviting walkers to meet the leaders and sponsors at the Hambrough Hotel in Ventnor.  This informal gathering gives you a chance to relax in a five-star boutique hotel, with its stunning views out to sea.  We are giving you a chance to learn about the walking festival walks and heritage of the Island during a series of short talks from a selection of leaders.  Refreshments will be available to purchase.  Full details will be posted on the website.www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk


With a fantastic success rate that now includes 4 weddings and 1 baby, the Walking Festival “Speed Dating Walks” continue to gain momentum! These walks attract single walkers from across Great Britain, and have created many love matches and great friendships during their time, including the most recent wedding which took place during the 2012 Walking Festival!

Registration forms are available on www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk.  The start and finish of the walk will be at the romantic location of the Fisherman’s Cottage Shanklin Esplanade.  Sunday 5th May 10.30 am start.


Don’t forget as part of the launch of the Walking Festival Brian Blessed will be returning to the Isle of Wight and appearing at Medina Theatre on Sunday 5th May. The actor, adventurer and explorer, famed for his unmistakable voice appeared in 2010 and sold out the venue, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Brian Blessed to open Isle of Wight Walking Festival

Brian Blessed at Medina Theatre 2010

The Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2013 is set to be kicked off in style by the commanding personality of Brian Blessed. The world famous actor, author and explorer comes to Medina Theatre on the opening Sunday of the Walking Festival for a performance not to be missed.

Expect captivating stories from his acting days, with credits including a wide variety of films from Shakespeare to Star Wars, and also tales of his time as an adventurer – all delivered by one of the most unmistakeable voices in the business.

This year’s festival begins on Saturday May 4th, with Brian Blessed performing at 7.30pm on Sunday 5th to launch the 2 week calendar of walking events. On his previous visit to Medina Theatre Blessed played to a packed house, and wouldn’t leave the stage – avoid disappointment by booking you tickets now from www.medinatheatre.co.uk.

More information on the Isle of Wight Walking Festival can be found atwww.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk