2018 Isle of Wight Walking Festival website launched

The 2018 Isle of Wight Walking Festival sponsored by Warner Leisure Hotels has been launched with a new look website published by Visit Isle of Wight.

The 2018 Isle of Wight Walking Festival runs between 28 April and 13 May, aiming to bring thousands more visitors to the Island outside of the traditional peak season. The Walking Festival is one of the UK’s biggest walking festivals. This year there are over 90 walks to take on. They range from gentle strolls through some of the Island’s most beautiful scenery to the epic 66 mile Isle of Wight Challenge!

The popular festival was saved in 2017 following an 11th hour injection of support from Visit Isle of Wight.. This year introduces a brand new website, including for the first time, the opportunity for walkers to reserve their walks online.

Among the new walks added to this year’s programme are two that celebrate the iconic Isle of Wight Festival, celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year.

Visitors can take part in the Jimi Hendrix Afton Experience, an anecdotal guided walk to the site of the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight Festival or head to Wootton for a tour of the area, which saw Bob Dylan headline the 1969 Festival.

A Visit Isle of Wight spokesperson said:

“We’re proud to be able to put on the Isle of Wight Walking Festival for a second year, and are delighted that we have secured sponsorship support from Warner Leisure Hotels. It was highlighted by Wight BID levy payers as an important event in the Isle of Wight’s calendar and vital to bringing visitors during the traditional non-peak ‘shoulder’ season. We are especially thrilled at the passion and dedication the walk leaders have shown in making this year’s Walking Festival into what promises to be a fantastic event.”

Warner Leisure Hotels are sponsoring this year’s event, which highlights the Island as a top UK walking destination for visitors.

Warner Leisure Hotels Sales Manager Joanne Forey, said:

“The Isle of Wight has so much to offer walkers, from its breath taking coastal paths to forest trails, so we’re excited to sponsor this year’s Isle of Wight Walking Festival. Our Bembridge Coast and Norton Grange hotels attract walkers from across the UK who love exploring everything the Isle of Wight has to offer, so it’s important that we support local events like this that showcase the Island and its treasures.”

Joanne continued:

“Our hotel teams are passionate about the surrounding countryside, and are always on hand to advise our guests on the must-see attractions across the island. After all, the IOW really is beautiful, who wouldn’t want to explore it?”

On March 17th and as part of English Tourism Week there will be a guided walk run by the Isle of Wight Ramblers. The walk will cover part of the Warrior Trail. Bob Seely, MP for the Isle of Wight will be accompanying the walk that follows in the ‘hoof prints’ of the famous 1st World War horse ‘Warrior’ owned by his relative General Jack Seely.









  • Images – Mark Rowe, Isle of Wight Walking Festival logo, walking images
  • Isle of Wight Walking Festival – https://isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk/
  • Jimi Hendrix Afton Experience link – https://isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk/walks/jimi-hendrix-afton-experience/
  • Isle of Wight Festival website http://isleofwightfestival.com/
  • Earl Mountbatten Hospice https://www.iwhospice.org/page/walk-the-wight.html


Additional information about the Isle of Wight Walking Festival

  • Mark Rowe, Countryfile Magazine’s contributing editor, broadsheet columnist keen walker and fan of the Island will be making an appearance on the first day of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival. Mark will be leading a walk, followed by an evening talk at Newport’s Quay Arts, hosted by Paul Armfield. The event has been organised by Discovery Travel, self-guided UK walking holiday specialist based on the Isle of Wight.
  • The Isle of Wight Walking Festival started in 1999 with 39 walks and around 5000 walkers.
  • The festival started a speed dating walk in 2006, which has resulted in weddings and babies!
  • It 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; on the trail of everything from dinosaurs to the prefect dawn chorus; and heading everywhere from Queen Victoria’s Osborne House to a non-stop walk around the entire 72-miles coastal path in 24 hours.
  • Over half of the Island is recognised as an AONB. And with its 60-miles of dramatic Heritage Coastline and more than 500-miles of well-maintained and signposted footpaths the Island has long been recognised as a walker’s paradise.
  • The Isle of Wight was the first county to achieve the Countryside Commission’s national target for rights of way.
  • The Island is home to a number of rare species of plant and animal life.   In addition, the south west coast of the Island is one of the most important Dinosaur sites in Europe.
  • The final day of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival will see thousands make the annual trek across the Island in aid of the Earl Mountbatten Hospice for the iconic Walk The Wight, now in it’s 28th year.


Visit Isle of Wight


Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website www.visitisleofwight.co.uk the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities www.visitwight.org

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