Annual Walk the Wight
Sunday 12 May 2013
The annual 'Walk the Wight' is a spectacular 26.5 mile sponsored walk across the breadth of the Isle of Wight from Bembridge in the east to Alum Bay in the west.
Last year just under 10,000 people took part in this lovely walk across some of the Island’s most beautiful hills and countryside and all the money raised goes towards running the Isle of Wight Hospice.
The Organiser - Isle of Wight Hospice
The Isle of Wight Earl Mountbatten Hospice is a charity which cares absolutely free of charge for over 800 terminally ill patients on the Island. Its existence very much depends on funds raised by volunteers and walkers taking part in 'Walk the Wight'.
How to take part
Registrations for Walk the Wight 2013 have now closed. Isle of Wight Hospice website.
Main walk - Bembridge to Alum Bay (26.5 miles taking 7-10 hours).
- Leg 1 is from Bembridge to Carisbrooke (12.5 miles taking 3-5 hours). The start is between 06.30 to 08.15am from the Britten Norman Airport.
- Leg 2 is from Carisbrooke to the finish at the Needles Park at Alum Bay (14 miles taking 4-7 hours). If joining the walk here you should aim to start between 9.30-12.00 noon.
Flat walk - Sandown to Newport (8 miles). The start is at Sandown High School between 9.30-11.30am. The flat walk is ideal for young families or less able walkers who don't fancy the hills.
Once you've registered you will be sent a walkers pack with a unique number in the post (allow 2 weeks)
Getting there from Southampton
Its easy, just catch a ferry to East or West Cowes from Southampton on 13 May and the following Southern Vectis bus services will take you to the start of the walk at Bembridge. Frequent return bus services operate from Alum Bay to Newport with connecting services to East and West Cowes.
If doing the main walk at Bembridge
From East Cowes
Catch the 05:45 hrs sailing to EAST COWES, the special Walk the Wight shuttle bus from East Cowes to Bembridge (main walk start) departs from outside Waitrose at approx 07:15 hrs.
From West Cowes
Catch the 06:15 (arrives 06:40) or 06:45 hrs (arrives 0710) Red Jet to WEST COWES , the special Walk the Wight shuttle bus to Bembridge (main walk start) leaves from outside West Cowes Co-operative store at 0715 hrs. The co-operative store is less than 2 minutes walk from the Red Jet Terminal. When leaving the Red Jet ticket office follow the covered walkway past Rock on the Dock and Steam Coffee Company to the end (the Henri-Lloyd store will be on your right). Turn right and walk past the Pier View Inn and head towards the Hurst store directly ahead, the co-operative is on the right and their will be a Southern Vectis bus for Walk the Wight.
Please note: The bus leaves promptly at 07:15 and is the only direct shuttle to the start.
Flat Walk (from Sandown)/Half Walk (from Carisbrooke)
If starting the walk from Carisbrooke Castle or Sandown (Flat Walk) frequent scheduled services operate from both West Cowes and East Cowes to Newport bus station. Please check the Southern Vectis website for full information.
Video from Walk the Wight 2009
2013 Ferry Offer
As an official sponsor of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries are pleased to offer all entrants 20% OFF ferry travel from Southampton for both vehicles and foot passengers between 07/05/13 to 14/05/13.
This discount is applicable on the Vehicle Ferry Service (foot passengers, cars, small vans, motorbikes, cycles and motorhomes) and on the Red Jet Hi-Speed Service (foot passenger service).
Simply quote WTW13 when booking online, calling our Travel Centre or at one of our Ticket Offices. Please present your walk number on arrival to validate the discount.
Terms and Conditions: Red Funnel reserve the right to withdraw or amend this offer at any time. Conditions of carriage apply. Discount validated on presentation of a walk number, failure to show the walk number will invalidate the discount. Ferry travel is offered subject to availability.
East Cowes to the walk start at Bembridge
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