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Isle of Wight Walking Festival in full swing

Tue 14 May 2013

Isle of Wight Walking Festival in full swing

The 15th annual Isle of Wight Walking Festival is underway and promises to offer people the chance to explore the famous island.

Running throughout the month of May, participants will be given the opportunity to take part in over 270 guided walks suited to all range of abilities and age.

Currently more than half of the Isle of Wight is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while there are over 500 miles of well-maintained footpaths for visitors to enjoy, so it is an enticing prospect.

The event has a history of putting on a great selection of activities - it picked up the silver for Tourism Best Event in the Beautiful South Awards for Excellence 2010, while it was also honoured with the CIPR Award for Best Event 2009.

It got underway on May 4th and organisers say it has already been the most successful to date, attracting in excess of 20,000 people.

Indeed, if individuals get hooked on rambling, they can attend the Autumn Walking Weekend, which takes place on October 25th-28th. This will give them the opportunity to revisit some of their favourite locations and tackle a few more challenging walks.

Ben Roseveare, marketing director from Exodus Travels - the headline sponsor of the event - said his company is really excited to be part of the occasion, particularly as it is the biggest of its kind in Europe.

He is also looking forward to the future, as there will be some specially organised Exodus Walks "to celebrate the best of our overseas walking holidays".  

When it was first held, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival only offered 39 walks, but it has steadily grown in popularity to the stage now where over 270 are organised. Moving forward, the festival is expected to become one of the most important dates on the calendar for any visitors to the island, especially those who are fond of a ramble. ADNFCR-3083-ID-801585264-ADNFCR

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