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.
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?
2. Which of these animals does not feature on a walk?
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?
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?
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!”
Dame Ellen MacArthur
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?
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?