Isle Walk 2018 Dates Announced

Visit Isle of Wight LTD has today announced that the Isle of Wight Walking Festival (IsleWalk18) will take place between the 21st of April and the 13th of May 2018.

Visit Isle of Wight took over the management of the 2017 Walking Festival in February of this year following IW Council’s difficult decision not to continue funding and managing the event. The Wight BID stepped in and provided £10,000 to keep the festival going. A larger budget has been agreed for 2018, allowing the walks to be more extensively promoted off Island. Sponsorship is also being sought.

David Thornton, CEO of Visit Isle of Wight, said: “We are extending the event to three weeks next year and have increased the budget by 50% to attract more new visitors. In 2017 a much smaller festival still attracted thousands of participants and delivered an 18:1 return into the Island’s economy, with more than 80 individual walks taking place across the Island. Nevertheless, it was something of a scramble to get the event together and launched in time, so we’ve taken an early decision to go with the event next year, allowing us to develop more effective marketing, a wider variety of walks, including some new ones, and encourage as many walk leaders as possible to get involved”.

The popular Isle of Wight Walking Festival remains one of the UK’s biggest walking festivals, and allows participants to follow in the footsteps of everyone; from Alfred Lord Tennyson to Jimi Hendrix, and dinosaurs to the perfect dawn chorus. Walkers head everywhere across the Island, in particular to join Walk the Wight – an event that sees thousands of people walk between 8 and 26.5 miles across the breadth of the Isle of Wight for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

Walking is recognised as an ideal way to improve well-being and with around 80 country and coastal walks to choose from over 16 days, IsleWalk18 is a great way to kickstart the habit.  All walks are led by local enthusiasts who are keen to share their knowledge of this beautiful island with you – and what’s more, most walks are free.

If you’re a walk leader, please contact Kay Pakes, kay@visitwight.org to find out how to register your walk.

If you’re interested in sponsoring IsleWalk18, please contact Abi Fox abi@visitwight.org for more information.