If you enjoy walking in beautiful scenery and love a challenge then why not lace up your favourite boots and sign-up for this years Walk the Wight? It's organised by our friends at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice to raise funds for a really great cause. This event takes place on 14 May 2017.

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Thank you to all those who registered for Walk the Wight and we hope you have a great time. You can still purchase your ferry travel below.

 

Walk the Wight returns in 2017 with a spectacular 26.5 mile walk across the breadth of the Isle of Wight from Bembridge in the east to Alum Bay in the west on Sunday 14 May.

Around 8,000 people take part annually in this lovely walk across some of the Island's most beautiful hills, countryside and coastline. It mainly follows the high chalk ridge that runs from Culver Cliff to the Needles, offering many panoramic views to the north and south. The walk is open to anyone and everyone, including children and dogs and all the money raised goes towards end-of-life patient care at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, a fantastic cause!  

When you finish you get a medal and there are various cups for the oldest and youngest walkers, the best fancy dress and the group that raises the most money. But the real prize is the satisfaction you get from saying "I walked the Wight". 

You can choose from 4 walk distances (excluding the Schools Walk) to suit your energy levels:

 

 

 

Getting there is really easy; you just need to catch a Red Funnel ferry on Sunday 14 May 2017 from Southampton to East or West Cowes. The travel itineraries below are designed to get you there and back!


FIRST HALF OF FULL WALK  (Bembridge to Carisbrooke) 
Start Bembridge Airport 06:00-08:30 hrs
[Distance 12.5 miles | takes 4-6 hours | finish Carisbrooke Castle]

Option 1 (passengers/vehicles) - catch the 05:45 hrs sailing from Red Funnel's Southampton Terminal 1 to EAST COWES (arrives 06:45).

  • If travelling on foot from EAST COWES, a special shuttle bus departs at 07:00 from outside Waitrose in East Cowes (2 minutes from the ferry terminal). The bus is free if you show your walk entry number and it will take you to the start at Bembridge.
  • If travelling in a vehicle, please park at the Isle of Wight College in Newport and use the free Park & Ride shuttle service from the college to the start at Bembridge - this makes it easier to get back to your car from the finish as there isn't a direct/free bus back to Bembridge from Alum Bay.

Option 2 (passengers only) - catch the 06:45 hrs Red Jet sailing from Red Funnel's Southampton Terminal 2 to WEST COWES (arrives 07:10).

  • From WEST COWES, a special shuttle bus departs at 07:15 from outside Marks & Spencers in West Cowes (3 minutes from the terminal - turn left past the Fountain Hotel, turn right up the hill before the Pier View Inn, you will see M&S and the bus stop on your left). The bus is free if you show your walk entry number and it will take you to the start at Bembridge. It will leave promptly at 07:15 and its the only direct bus to the start.

SECOND HALF OF FULL WALK  (Carisbrooke to Alum Bay)
Start Carisbrooke Castle from 12:00 hrs
[Distance 14 miles | takes 5-8 hours | finish The Needles Landmark Attraction]

Option 1 (passengers/vehicles) - catch the 10:00 hrs sailing from Red Funnel's Southampton Terminal 1 to EAST COWES (arrives 11:00).

  • If travelling on foot from EAST COWES, catch the 11:17 (Route 5) bus to Newport (arrives 11:42) from outside Waitrose in East Cowes (2 minutes from the ferry terminal), and then catch the Walk the Wight shuttle bus from the bus station to the Carisbrooke start. All bus journeys are free if you show your walk entry number.
  • All walkers travelling by vehicle are advised to park at the Isle of Wight College in Newport and use the free Park & Ride shuttle service to the Carisbrooke start. Note: There is limited designated parking in Carisbrooke.

Option 2 (passengers only) - catch the 10:45 or 11:45 hrs Red Jet sailings from Red Funnel's Southampton Terminal 2 to WEST COWES (arrives 11:10 or 12:10).

  • From WEST COWES, catch the 11:17 or 12:17 (Route 1) bus from directly outside the Red Jet terminal to Newport bus station (arrives 11:45 or 12:45), and then catch a Walk the Wight shuttle bus from the bus station to the Carisbrooke start. All bus journeys are free when you show your walk entry number.

FLAT WALK (ideal for young families or less able walkers)
Start Sandown Bay Academy 08:30-10:30 hrs
[Distance 8 miles | finish Shide Trees, Shide, Newport]

Option 1 (passengers/vehicles) - catch the 07:00 hrs sailing from Red Funnel's Southampton Terminal 1 to EAST COWES (arrives 08:00).

  • If travelling on foot from EAST COWES, catch the 08:10 (Route 5) bus to Newport (arrives 08:24) from outside Waitrose in East Cowes (2 minutes from the ferry terminal). At Newport bus station catch the 08:45 (Route 2) bus to Sandown (arrives 09:36). The buses are free if you show your walk entry number.
  • All walkers travelling in a vehicle are advised to use the free Park and Ride shuttle service from the Isle of Wight College to the Flat Walk start at Sandown

Option 2 (passengers only) - catch the 07:45 hrs Red Jet sailings from Red Funnel's Southampton Terminal 2 to WEST COWES (arrives 08:10).

  • From WEST COWES, catch the 08:15 (Route 1) bus from directly outside the Red Jet terminal to Newport bus station (arrives 08:35). From here, catch the 08:45 (Route 2) bus to Sandown (arrives 09:36). The buses are free if you show your walk entry number.

GETTING HOME AGAIN

Frequent return shuttle buses operate from the finish points at Carisbrooke and Alum Bay to Newport bus station and the Isle of Wight College (park and ride). Foot passengers should change at Newport Bus Station for scheduled bus services to Red Funnel's terminals at East Cowes (Route 5) and West Cowes (Route 1).

All travel information and event times can also be found on walkthewight.com and in your Walker Event Pack.

Entry T&Cs

Walk the Wight is a fundraising event organised by and for the benefit of the Isle of Wight's Earl Mountbatten Hospice. You can enter for free and pledge to raise personal sponsorship money for the Hospice OR purchase a Red Funnel Walk the Wight Walk Entry Pack where we guarantee that £18 of the cost will go to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and the remaining £7 will be used to cover the cost of the pack, t shirt and postage.

Up to 10 Walk the Wight Walker Packs can be purchased in one transaction. Walk Entry Packs are non-refundable but they can be transferred to friends or family provided that the correct details for each person undertaking the walk have been entered on the entry form which will be sent to you by the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. Please notify the organisers of any changes thereafter. If members of your party are travelling separately by ferry as part of a ferry inclusive package please ensure they have a copy of your email confirmation otherwise they will be required to pay again.

To the extent permitted by the Unfair Contract Terms Act of 1977, neither Earl Mountbatten Hospice nor its sponsors or suppliers will be liable for any loss, damage, illness or injury whatsoever directly or indirectly occasioned by or resulting from negligence, wrongful act or default of Earl Mountbatten Hospice, it's sponsors or their respective agents or from any other causes, including any act of God or the physical condition of the competitor. The applicant also warrants that he or she is fit to take part in Walk the Wight and will be fit on the day of the event. I grant my permission to Earl Mountbatten Hospice to use photographs, motion pictures, recordings, data and any other record of my participation in Walk the Wight for any legitimate purpose without remuneration.

20% off ferry travel T&Cs

20% discount on your Red Funnel vehicle ferry travel – between 11th - 16th May 2017. Valid for a vehicle ferry crossing of any duration for up to 7 people (additional passenger rates available) for a car, minibus, motorhome, private towed vehicle or motorcycle.

20% Off Ferry Travel

Select travel between 11th - 16th May 2017. T&Cs apply.

Ferry Travel

Dates

No. travelling - 1 adult