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The annual Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Weekend takes place this coming weekend, with a huge variety of walks available. They range from toddles to challenging and the serious to the quirky.

Organised by the Isle of Wight Council and sponsored by major GPS firm Garmin, the weekend festival between 24 and 27 October promotes a healthy and fun way for residents and visitors to explore the Island ’s natural beauty, stunning coastline and rich history and its comprehensive network of footpaths.

The weekend complements the annual Isle of Wight Walking festival held each May – the largest event of its kind in the UK – and seeks to bring visitors to the Island outside of the main tourism season.

For the serious walkers and fitness fanatics, there’s the challenging round the Island walk, which is spread over three days. Fans of music nostalgia may be interested in the Hendrix in the West Wight Walk, which follows a route from Dimbola Lodge to the venue of the world famous 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. There’s also a walk where participants sing along and are welcome to bring instruments with them as well.

Animal lovers will enjoy the walking with alpacas event, or they could opt for the Labrador and cakes walk through Parkhurst Forest .

There’s the ever popular fossil walks, and even the chance to walk with a Harris Hawk. Returning once again is the famous speed dating walk, an even that has resulted in several marriages, a baby and is one that has gained national attention.

Shirley Smart, Isle of Wight Council executive member responsible for tourism, said: “The Autumn Walking Weekend is always very popular and this year features over 60 walks.

“There really is a huge variety for all ages to choose from. Getting out and enjoying our wonderful towns, villages and countryside is a great experience while also helping to keep fit.”

All walks are led by knowledgeable walk leaders, and full details are available at http://www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk/. A programme can also be picked up in council help centres and other local tourist attractions.

Alternatively, to request a programme email elaine.cesar@iow.gov.uk.

Information is also available on the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/isleofwightwalkingfestival and using @IWWalkingFest on Twitter.

The 100k Challenge Series announces The Isle of Wight Challenge

The 100k Challenge Series announces The Isle of Wight Challenge
Part of the Walk It, Jog It, Run It Series – For your chosen charity!
23/24 August 2014     

The Isle of Wight Challenge is one of a four-part challenge series, where thousands of inspiring fundraisers will be taking on a 106km coastal loop of the island as either an endurance walk or ultra marathon run. There’s also a 56km option for those wishing to take on the ‘half island’! Brand new for 2014, this route has a stunning backdrop to a simply breathtaking challenge, making it an August bank holiday not to forget. What better way to fundraise for a charity close to your heart than on this exceptional challenge, amid the stunning scenery with friends, family or fellow challengers.

This fully supported* Challenge event offers a range of individual and team entry options, along with distance choices, catering for both first timers and seasoned challengers alike. With experts recommending a six month training schedule, not only is this a great opportunity to get fit, participants will also take to the challenge in aid of a charity of their choice, at a pace that suits them – be it walking, jogging or running.

William Irwin, spokesman for event organisers, Action Challenge, says “The Isle of Wight Challenge has certainly caused a stir of excitement amongst charities and our past participants. Our 100k Challenge Series continue to be very popular amongst fundraisers, so it’s brilliant to see the launch of our Isle of Wight Challenge appealing to people in the same way. These events really do seem to bring out the best  in people – pushing themselves to the max for a cause that’s close to their heart. It’s fantastic to see how much money is raised for all UK charities, both big and small – and it’s an achievement we know lives with participants long after they’ve completed it. If you join us on the challenge in August, I can guarantee you won’t regret it!”

If the Isle of Wight Challenge looks like the type of thing you’d love to take on – then now’s the time to register. Get in early and take advantage of the training programmes we have to offer, as well as having the most time possible to fundraise for your chosen charity.

You can sign up the challenge by visiting the website below and clicking ‘Register’ www.isleofwightchallenge.com

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Notes to Editors

To take part in any of the above challenges, please register at www.isleofwightchallenge.com  or for further press information please contact William Irwin, at Action Challenge. Email: william@actionchallenge.com  Tel: 0207 609 6695

*Event support

Event organiser Action Challenge prides itself on offering a high quality experience for walkers and runners.  Each event is split into a four stage course with major rest stops at 30, 56 & 79km  and check points at every 12.5km where drink and energy snacks are provided.  In addition:

  • Optional pre-challenge camp in West Cowes.
  • Every route is fully signed – with maps and GPS downloads provided
  • There is a tented village at each start-line providing aerobic warm-up and refreshments
  • FREE hot food is supplied at the 56 & 80 km and the finish of your challenge.
  • FREE snacks and energy drinks at every rest stop.
  • Support walkers, masseurs, medics are provided along route.


To join the challenge, participants are asked to pay a registration fee of £85 (106km) or £60 (56km), and commit to a minimum fundraising total of £375 (106km) or £250 (56km) for their chosen charity.

The other Challenge Event Series include:

London 2 Brighton Challenge: 24/25 May 2014

The original 100 km challenge! For 2014 a new ’56’ km half-way option also. It’s a great route & a tough challenge, and more will take on the event as a walk, jog or as one of the UK’s top ultra-marathon challenges. For full information and to sign up, visit:


Grand Union Challenge: 28/29 June 2014

NEW for 2014 –  A fascinating 100 km along the historic Grand Union Canal – a hidden green corridor & why we’re calling it London’s Great Escape! A start near Regents Park, it winds towards the Chilterns with a finish near Bletchley; there’s also 50 & 25km options. A Challenge with a difference!


Thames Path Challenge: 13/14 September 2014

Re-launching for 2014 & back for its third year! The Thames Path is a fantastic route and the challenge stretches from Putney Bridge to Henley with some stunning scenery steeped in history You can take on the full 100 km  route, either 50 km section – or various 25 km options of the challenge.

The 2014 Isle of Wight Walking Festival (with an appeal for more men to sign-up to the Speed Dating Walk)

The UK’s biggest walking festival takes place this year between May 4th and 19th…and is in need of more men to take part in its Speed Dating Walk on Sunday, May 4th!

Now in its 16th year, the 2014 Isle of Wight Walking Festival, organised by the Isle of Wight Council and sponsored by Garmin, boasts 16 days of unbeatable, informative and healthy walks for all abilities.  All walks are led by knowledgeable guides, who share their stories and history of the Island.

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.

The full programme of walks, and registration forms, can be found on the Isle of Wight Walking Festival’s website www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk.

The Speed Dating Walk, meanwhile, has become a unique feature of the Festival, with five perfect matches resulting in five weddings…and one baby.  But organisers have put out an SOS, for more men to sign-up to this year’s walk.

For further details about the Isle of Wight as a whole, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk


For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson Press Officer

Tel: 07766 705672  E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk

Website: www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

Carnival Walk and Talk – 15/16 March

The New Carnival Company will be leading a very unusual series of leisure walks across the Island on the weekend of 15 and 16 March – and you are all invited!

These 9 easy one mile walks are all part of the new Carnival Trail project – a 100mile route in total – which links all the carnival towns and villages on the Island together in a single joined-up loop. The Walk and Talk weekend is for anyone who has organised, taken part in, or watched Isle of Wight Carnivals over the years and who would like to contribute their memories to the project, or would enjoy listening to other people’s. The stories will be captured and collated digitally as you walk and will be published as part of The Carnival Trail Companion which will accompany the inaugural 100miles in May, as part of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival.

Alison Knapman, General Manager of the New Carnival Company, who will be taking part in the Walks and Talks explains. “It’s a bit like speed dating for carnival! People from all over the Island can come and join us and share their stories. It will be fun, free, informative and innovative. Richard White, who is a professional digital artist based in Bath, and local digital ambassadors David Holden and Rebecca Sallee, will be working with us to create a snapshot of IOW carnival over its 125 year history. The Carnival Trail Companion is for walkers and visitors to enjoy via their smartphones or tablets or to access online from their armchairs! It will be there for future walkers in years to come.”

If you would like to Walk and Talk carnival, here are the meeting places and times for the weekend. Alison advises “There may be some uneven ground in places, so come in sensible footwear and bring a rain jacket just in case! Some walks are shorter and more accessible than others; contact us if you are unsure of suitability. All dogs on leads please”.

Saturday 15 March

9.30am: St Helens Green (Pavillion) to the Duver

11am: Culver Down (by Monument) to Sandown Culver Parade

1pm: Winchester House (Lake) to Shanklin Clock Tower

3pm: St Boniface Down (by transmitter) to Ventnor Harbour

5pm: Carisbrooke Castle (by Priory) to Newport Quay

Sunday 16 March

10am: Totland (Turf Walk) to Colwell Common

11.30am: Fort Victoria to Yarmouth Green

2pm: Gurnard Yacht Club to Cowes Parade

4pm: Ryde (Western Esplanade Gardens) to Appley Beach (by Tower)

The Carnival Trail Project is being supported using Public Funds by Arts Council England and The Big Lottery.

For more info: Contact Alison Knapman, The New Carnival Company CIC on 01983 716095. Email alison@thenewcarnivalcompany.com

Notes to Editor

1. The New Carnival Company CIC (The NCC) is the leading carnival arts development agency in the south of England

2. The NCC is proud to be part of Arts Council’s England’s (ACE) National portfolio, a kite mark for Quality and Innovation in the arts. The NCC is the only ACE National portfolio organisation located on the Isle of Wight.

3. The IW Walking Festival is Britain’s largest Walking Festival, promoting over 270 walks in 16 days during May for all ages and abilities. In 2013 the Festival attracted over 17,000 walkers. Over 50% of the Island is recognised as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty including over 500 miles of well-maintained footpaths.

4. The Isle of Wight Walking Festival is organised by The Isle of Wight Council’s Events Team.

Pictured above (and attached separately)

The New Carnival Company’s Creative Volunteer, Kay Capon (pictured right), demonstrates the concept of a ‘kissing gate’ to fellow walkers at last year’s Kite Festival.


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