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Check out this year's Autumn Walking Weekend

Thu 25 Jul 2013

Check out this year's Autumn Walking Weekend

All those look for an active getaway in the months ahead might be tempted to head along to the Autumn Walking Weekend, which will be taking place on the Isle of Wight in October.

Organised as part of the annual Isle of Wight Walking Festival, the event will be running from the 25th to 28th of the month and is now in its 15th year, making it one of the most popular and long-running attractions on the island.

Walking is one of the best ways to improve general health and wellbeing, and the Autumn Walking Weekend could be the perfect opportunity for island visitors to get active.

Benefits of an energetic lifestyle include lower blood pressure, stronger bones, reduced stress, enhanced mental health, improved flexibility and coordination, as well as reducing the risk of serious illness like coronary heart disease and strokes.

With this in mind, festivalgoers at this year's October event will be able to take part in a wide array of walks across the island, taking in some of the best local scenery and improving their general wellbeing in the process.

More than 300 walks have been scheduled in all, with some of the most popular likely to be a fossil hunting guided tour heading off from Brook Chine car park on October 25th, as well as the Hendrix in the West Wight tour on the 26th - a guided walk reliving the memories of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, which saw a standout performance from the iconic Jimi Hendrix.

Meanwhile, those keen for a more intensive workout could sign up for the Round the Island three-day event, which will cover 70 miles and highlight some of the best attractions of the Isle of Wight.

A range of more quirky attractions are also planned for this year's calendar, such as 'garden walks' offering visitors the chance to explore many of the most scenic vistas on the Isle of Wight and learn more about the island's unique flora and fauna.

There are also set to be a number of 'food walks' where visitors will be able to traverse the distances between some of the best food producers in the area, enjoying the many treats on offer and burning off those extra calories along the way.

Indeed, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival really is a fantastic way to see the island in all its glory, as well as soaking up plenty of the local culture.

Dame Ellen McArthur has given her approval for the event, stating: "Next to sailing, walking is one of my favourite past times and I find it one of the best ways to relax and unwind after a busy period travelling. The Isle of Wight is a fantastic place for walking too, as it offers so much variety - I would recommend it to you!"

Green-fingered gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh also said: "I always find Island walks incredibly refreshing. The variety of scenery and stupendous views are simply unique."

Meanwhile, all those planning to get involved in the upcoming Autumn Walking Weekend should remember there are a few simple guidelines that will not only ensure they have a great time, but will help to preserve the natural beauty of the island and ensure walkers remain welcome visitors in the many years to come.

The Countryside Code spells out the basics of walking etiquette, including fastening all gates when they have been used, guarding against fire risks at all times, making no unnecessary noise, leaving livestock, crops and machinery alone, keeping to public footpaths across private land and packing up all litter and taking it away with you.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801616964-ADNFCR

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