Staying the Distance - Covering 72 Miles Around the Island

With over half the Island designated an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, 60 miles of Heritage Coastline and over 50 miles of footpaths covering un-spoilt countryside – walking around the Isle of Wight suddenly makes a lot of sense.

This year, during the Isle of Wight Walking Festival (30th April to 15th May), there are four walks taking place that aim to walk round the whole Island. These walks are not for the faint hearted but equally, there is a walk for all capabilities with some walks taking place over a number of days to allow anyone to complete the challenge.

The Official Full 70 Mile Round the Island Coastal Foot Path

Saturday 30th April

This fantastic walk starts as a group and endeavours to finish as a full group. If you have the stamina and will power, then this exhilarating epic journey is for you. The walk incorporates eight rest stops with food and drink around the coastal path. Any confident walkers with the stamina to crack it need to pre- book.

Isle of Wight Challenge (Full Island)

Saturday 30th April

A walk around the Island coast covering 66 miles with rest stops every 12.5km to help you complete your challenge. Spectacular coastline with dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches await you on this Charity Challenge.  Shorter options are possible with a Half Island (33.5 miles) and Quarter Island (20.5 miles) taking place on the same day.

The Beaches, Bars and Blisters Walks

Friday 6th May - Sunday 8th May

A fairly tough challenge to walk round the Island's 72 mile coastline in three days. A great way to see all the coastal scenes. An alternative to tackling walking round the Island in one go, here you can do it over three days (6th May: East Cowes to Ventnor, 27mile; 7th May: Ventnor to Totland, 25 miles; 8th May: Totland to West Cowes, 21miles) with local author David Yates.

Walk the Wight

Sunday 15th May

Now in its 26th year, this is the Island’s flagship walking event, raising money through sponsorship for the Island’s Earl Mountbatten Hospice. Last year in excess of 6,923 walkers joined in the event and raised over £270,000 for patient care. The view of thousands of people traversing the Island is not to be missed and the feeling of camaraderie enjoyed while participating is part of the events ongoing success.

Alix Robinson

25 April 2016

By Alix Robinson in Articles

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