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What a fantastic end to the year, announcing the walks for the 2019 Isle of Wight Walking Festival and with over half being new walks!

As one of the UK’s oldest running walking festivals, it is very important to us to keep the tradition of the event alive whilst also appealing to all ages and abilities and continuing to attract new visitors and residents.

There is so much on offer on this beautiful island and we can think of no better way to see it all than on foot, led by our wonderful volunteer Walk Leaders.

In 2019 we really do have something for everyone! Whether you are old or young, love the hills or the beach, out for a hike or just a stroll – you’re in the right place. To give you a sample, here’s just a handful of the many exciting new walks on offer next year:

  1. Robby’s Ramble
    Local celeb and Walk Leader ‘Rob da Bank’ takes you on a family friendly walk from the quaint village of Shalfleet, West through Bouldner Forest – keeping an eye out for the infamous Red Squirrel – and finishing back at Victoria Road for some well earned snacks and drinks!
    16th May, 1400
    5 miles
  2. Victoria’s daughter wasn’t naughty
    Queen Victoria’s last child was very dominated by her mother. Beatrice was companion and secretary to the head of the British Empire. Learn of her life, marriage, children, widowhood, service and legacy. All these almost wholly on the Isle of Wight.
    4th May, 1000 / 17th May, 1000
    5 miles
  3. Over the Undercliff
    A lovely stomp up big hills and past hidden waterfalls with astonishing views of the English Channel over the most wild parts of the Island. For those who like a long stroll in the countryside, this is a goodun!
    Starting at Blackgang, 10 mile circular walk
    8th May, 1030
  4. Walking and foraging for wildfood In Newtown
    Come on a circular walk and experience the beauty of Newtown; the walk passes coastal salt marsh, meadows and forest. We will seek out the first growth of spring and look for wild edibles on route. Expect to see wild garlic, nettles, sea beet, purslane and more. I’ll share some recipes for the food we find en-route and might even bring along some tasters.
    18th May, 1000
    2.5 miles
  5. Dairy Discovery Tour!!
    Join the owners of Briddlesford dairy farm as they walk you through the history of Wootton before arriving at the farm to discover the secrets of milk processing on the Isle of Wight and enjoying some tasty treats! Enjoy some delicious local produce in the farms café for lunch before returning to back across the fields to Wootton Common.
    10th May, 1030
    Approx. 2 miles

You can view and download the full walks directory from the tab on the homepage or search by week or area if you’re looking for a more specific thing.

Having listened carefully to feedback over the years, you will be required to pre-register for any walks you would like to join in 2019. This is a very simple online process which should take no more than a minute to complete. Some walks do have a maximum number and these will show once fully booked – so don’t miss out!

We hope to see you next year!