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New Skills

Walking is a fantastic way to not only see new places but also learn new things. The Isle of Wight Walking Festival this year is excited to bring you plenty of walks which offer the chance of learning a whole new skill.

Having recently moved to the Isle of Wight, Sue Whitmarsh is joining us as a new Walk Leader this year and brings with her a wealth of experience in Nordic Walking. For those who aren’t familiar with this, it is a whole different technique of walking with very specific poles. It is a fantastic way of toning your whole body if done correctly and puts much less pressure on your knee and hip joints. We’re delighted Sue will be running free taster sessions through the festival, with poles included, so there’s no excuse not to give it a try!

For those who like to dabble in the kitchen when you’re not out and about, you may be interested in one of our new walks “Walking and Foraging for Wildlife in Newtown”. Foraging is the act of gathering wild food and has been growing in popularity in recent years. You wouldn’t believe the amount of ‘foods’ we’re surrounded by on our everyday walks but hopefully you will come away from this walk with a whole new outlook on things, as well as a few goodies.

Other walks for opening the mind to new skills include ‘Thursday Night on the Pull’ and ‘Navigation for Beginners’, but in reality, you should be learning something every time you go out. Whether it be relating to the wildlife, nature, history, geology etc. Open your eyes and ask questions and you never know what you may find.