2014 Isle of Wight Walking Festival

Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2014This year marks the 16th anniversary of the annual Isle of Wight Walking Festival, which has grown to over 200 planned walks, making it (we think!) the biggest in Europe.

Starting on 3 May, the walking festival boasts 16 days of walks for people of all abilities, from toddlers to great-grandparents, and experienced hikers to casual walkers. All the planned walks will be led by the knowledgeable walk leaders who help to make the most of the scenery and history of the area.

We’ve partnered up with the Isle of Wight Walking Festival to bring you great offers to help you get the very best out of your trip and discover new walks to try before, during and after your visit to the island. Everyone who books a place on a walk will get a discount on our OS getamap online mapping tool and our Custom Made maps – visit the official Isle of Wight Walking Festival website for more information on how to book.

Kharybdis' Passage: Copyright Isle of Wight Festival
Kharybdis’ Passage © Isle of Wight Festival

Walks range from easy strolls of under two miles to much longer routes such as the Round the Island Walk Non Stop that covers 74 miles over 24 hours. As well as normal walks, there are a number of more unusual options, such as walking with alpacas, fossil hunting, singing walks and a speed dating walk.

The Launch Event is on 3 May, the first day of the Festival. Visit St. Thomas’ Square in Newport to meet the Festival organisers, Walk Leaders and sponsors. Some walks need advance booking, while for most you can just turn up and join in. Most walks are free, but there are charges for some of them, while others are operated on a donation basis.

The Isle of Wight Walking Festival is an ideal opportunity to explore this beautiful island (over half is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Heritage Coastline) in the company of other walkers and skilled, knowledgeable guides.

Our Isle of Wight Walking Routes

If you are not able to get to the Isle of Wight for the festival, there are still plenty of easily accessible walks – here are some that we have featured on the blog in the past:

The River Medina cycle path,
Isle of Wight

The River Medina cycle path – Cowes to Newport, Isle of Wight

Explore Cowes’ rich ship and boat building history on this amble along the cycle path beside the banks of the River Medina before reaching Newport.
See the route

The Solent Way to Hamble,

OS Explorer Maps

Take in Weston Shore and view wild birds on Southampton Water before heading off to Netley Castle, Netley Abbey and the Royal Victoria Country Park.
See the route

Treasure Island Shanklin,
Isle of Wight

Treasure Island Shanklin

Visit Lower Winstone Farm, the shell of Appuldurcombe house and climb to the breezy summit of the Downs before hiking part of the island’s 65-mile coastal path.
See the route

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