With over 200 walks to choose from, this year’s Isle of Wight Walking Festival between April 30th and May 15th features a very topical Capability Brown Walk at Appuldurcombe (in the 300th anniversary year of the great man himself), as well as the Festival’s famous Speed Dating Walk.
A pdf of the full programme of walks can be downloaded from the Festival website, but here’s our “10 of the Best” to get you started…
YOGA, WALKING AND RELAXATION IN FISHBOURNE (April 30th)
Enjoy stretching your body and learning some yoga moves in preparation for your walk along the beach. Refreshments along the way and a relaxation session to rest and rejuvenate yourself after a gentle nature walk. Duration: 2½ hours, 2 miles. Cost: £5.
WALKING WITH LLAMAS AND ALPACAS (April 30th)
A scenic walk around our farm with your own llama or alpaca. Learn all things alpaca and llama whilst walking with our beautiful friendly and endearing creatures. Duration: 1 hour, 1 mile. Cost: £15 per person walking a llama or alpaca (£3 for extra walker – up to a maximum of two).
EASTERN YAR AND POOH STICK CHALLENGE (May 1st)
Walk along a section of the Eastern Yar discussing the history of the river, the challenges it faces and possible remedies…while collecting twigs en-route for a major tournament! Duration: 2½ hours, 3 miles. Cost: Suggested donation of £2 to Gift to Nature.
CAPABILITY BROWN AT APPULDURCOMBE (May 3rd)
The first of two walks to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. The Isle of Wight Gardens Trust is offering an expert guided tour of the gardens and inner park to discover Brown’s only Isle of Wight designed landscape at Appuldurcombe, commissioned in the 18th century by the influential Worsley family. The house is now in ruins and managed by English Heritage. Duration: 1½ hours, 1½ miles. Cost: £5 donation appreciated for conservation work of Isle of Wight Gardens Trusts.
THE JIMI HENDRIX AFTON EXPERIENCE (May 6th)
Anecdotal guided walk to the site of the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, returning to Dimbola to see the Festival Exhibition (and ‘experience’ the award-winning tea room!). Duration: 2½ hours, 4 miles. Cost: Voluntary donation to Dimbola Lodge Museum.
LILY-MAY’S DUCK FEEDING WALK (May 7th)
Join Lily-May at the duck pond at Big Meade Shanklin, to feed the ducks before having great fun in the park. Bring lots of friends (and an adult). And don’t forget bread for the ducks. Duration: 1 hour, 1 mile. Cost: Free.
TAI CHI AND QI GONG (May 8th)
This Tai Chi and Qi Gong walk is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. Ideal for co-ordination and balance, promoting control of both body and mind. Duration: 1½ hours, 2 miles. Cost: £2 donation to Lifeboats.
FRIENDSHIP AND SPEED DATING WALK (May 8th)
Meet the person of your dreams on a speed dating walk along Sandown Bay. Walk starts and finishes at the Fisherman’s Cottage Shanklin stopping for coffee at the Beach Café, Sandown. Optional lunch at the Fisherman’s Cottage. Duration: 3 hours, 4 miles. Cost: £12 to include lunch.
TASTE OF THE WIGHT (May 11th)
Let Taste of the Wight take you on a tour to delight your tastebuds. Starting at Ventnor Haven Fishery, you will take-in Steephill Cove, Ventnor Botanic Gardens up St. Lawrence to the top of the Undercliff finishing at Whitwell. All walkers are invited to finish with a meal of local produce back at The White Horse in Whitwell (at walkers’ cost). Duration: 3 hours, 4 miles. Cost: Free.
WALK THE WIGHT – FULL WALK (May 15th)
Walk the Wight is a 26½ mile cross-Island sponsored walk in aid of patient care at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. The walk has some steps and stiles. Duration: 26½ miles. Cost: Sponsorship or donation to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
For more information about the festival, visit: www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk