The Isle of Wight walking festival (28th April – 13th May) hosts over 70 walks and trails around the Island. It remains one of the UK’s biggest walking festivals, and with 60 miles of dramatic Heritage Coastline the Island has long been recognised as a walker’s paradise.
The festival allows participants to follow 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.
Get up close and personal with the best of the Island’s stunning scenery; journey from the beautiful chalky cliffs of the west coast to the lush green rolling hills of the east. The Isle of Wight is often referred to as ‘England in Miniature’, so in just one day of walking you could see the very best of the English countryside from sand dunes and pebbly coves to thatched villages and bustling sailing towns.
Discover unique routes with experienced local walkers and enjoy an extensive walks programme. Here are a few of our top picks from the programme:
Ups and Downs: 29 Apr 2018
A walk through fields, woodlands and up onto the Downs. Far reaching views of the island. Down through the Devil’s staircase to the landslip area and Luccombe.
Beach, Bugs and Bones: 6 May 2018
The 4th annual celebration of all things wildlife, from the prehistoric to the very much alive, in beautiful Sandown Bay! Join the team for fossil hunting, the beach gallery, bug hoovering, soil-sieving, the hydrophone and lots lots more!
Isle of Wight Challenge (Full Island): 5 May 2018
An around the Island walk with rest stops every 8 miles or so to help you complete your challenge. Spectacular coastlines, dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches await you on this charity challenge. Please note: to register for this walk go to www.isleofwightchallenge.com
Find out more about the festival and the walks here.
One of the best ways to explore is by foot and we’ve put together our own very favourite walking trails, which are all right on our doorstep for you to enjoy.