Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Weekend Quiz

Later this month walkers from across Britain will descend upon the Isle of Wight for its autumn walking festival. With plenty of routes around the island – both countryside and coastal – as well as quaint villages to call into along the way, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

IOW-CustomMadeWith the festival now in its 16th year, many locals and regulars alike would fancy themselves as pretty knowledgeable on the subject, but the proof of that is in our fiendishly difficult quiz.

Post your answers as a comment and we’ll reveal the correct answers on Wednesday (8th October)…

1. The festival’s centrepiece is a ‘walking weekend’ of some 64 walks taking place between the 24 and 27 October. According to the official website, what’s the total distance covered on this walking weekend?

102 miles

202 miles

302 miles

402 miles


2. Which of these animals does not feature on a walk?



Red squirrels



3. The ‘Beaches, Bars & Blisters’ event returns this year, seeing serious walkers traverse the entire island’s coastline in just three days. What mileage will these intrepid explorers have racked up by Sunday evening?

74 miles

104 miles

134 miles

204 miles


4. Which musical icon is given his own walk at this year’s event to commemorate his landmark performance at the Isle of Wight festival?

Marc Bolan

Bob Dylan

Jim Morrison

Jimi Hendrix


5. Sunday will see a ‘Qigon’ walk in Godshill, but what exactly is Qigon (or Qigong)?

The Chinese act of ‘cultivating life energy’

A rare plant that flowers for just six hours a year

An old Asian childrens’ game similar to conkers

A type of garlic grown on the Island’s farms


6. Walkers coming to enjoy the festival are advised to adhere to the Countryside Code. Which of these is not one of the rules it sets out?

Guard against all risk of fire

Make no unnecessary noise

Help to keep all water clean

Heed flag warnings when entering the sea


7. The festival has plenty of celebrity backers. But who said this about the event: “Walking is one of my favourite past times and I find it one of the best ways to relax and unwind. The Isle of Wight is a fantastic place for walking, as it offers so much variety. I would recommend it!”

Alan Titchmarsh

Dame Ellen MacArthur

Fred Dineage

Acker Bilk


8. Organisers have outlined why it’s important to walk with a first aid kit, and given an example as to what it should contain. Which of the below was not recommended?


Latex gloves


Triangular bandage


9. One popular attraction is the festival’s speed dating walk. Like-minded outdoor enthusiasts have the chance to meet one another when out exploring the scenery. But how many marriages – if any – have resulted from these walks?






10. The Isle of Wight is popular with walkers and cyclists all year round. How many miles of signposted footpaths, bridleways and cycleways are on offer within the Island’s 146.8 square miles?

250 miles

400 miles

500 miles

600 miles

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1 Response

  1. Tom

    And the answers are…

    1. 302 miles. The 64 official walks listed on the site total 302 miles, or more than 4.5 miles per walk. That said, the 16-day event is expected to see more than 200 walks organised over its duration.

    2. Bats. While night-time walkers may catch a glimpse of the island’s bat population, there are no dedicated walks this year to spot the winged critters.

    3. 74 miles. The three day stretch – which begins at East Cowes covers 28 miles on the first day then 25 on the second and 21 on the third.

    4. Jimi Hendrix. The legendary guitarist – who played a fabled set at the 1970 IoW Festival just two and a half weeks before tragically passing away – will be honoured in a guided walk through the old festival site.

    5. The Chinese act of ‘cultivating life energy’. It’s a technique that uses breathing and balance – among others – to boost energy.

    6. Heed flag warnings when entering the sea. The Countryside Code doesn’t deal particularly closely with the coastline, so this is not one of its main rules.

    7. Dame Ellen MacArthur. It was the sailing powerhouse who said that about the festival, but all of the above have offered their support.

    8. Latex gloves. Although a staple of many first aid kits, the gloves are optional for walkers, with other items such as plasters, antiseptic wipes and bandages taking preference.

    9. Five. Not only have the walks brought about many new relationships, they have resulted in five weddings – and one baby.

    10. 500 miles. The Proclaimers would have a field day at the Isle of Wight, as they could – at least if the song is to be believed – cover every single mile of signposted footpaths, bridleways and cycleways, twice, “just to be the man who walks a thousand miles to fall down at your door.”

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