Isle of Wight Walking Festival

The Isle of Wight Walking Festival returns for 2020

A key boost to the pre-summer season, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival is built upon the shoulders of volunteers who love to share their favourite walks with visitors.

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2020 already looks like being an excellent festival.

The Island’s recent Unesco Biosphere Reserve award means that the Isle of Wight Walking Festival will have an added boost as natural way to enjoy the Island. Add to this, All Along the Riverbank on the 2nd of May, May Day bank holiday 8th May (VE Day anniversary) and the 30th anniversary of Walk the Wight on the 10th May.

The Yar River Trail is being relaunched and a series of walks to celebrate this will be led by IW Ramblers during the festival. We also have another exciting event in the pipeline for walk leaders and walkers – more on this when it is confirmed. If you have anniversaries that you would like to celebrate with a walk – please do.

What we need from you now are your walks! The web link is live here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K37BXRK.

Please start adding your walks ASAP. The closing date for 2020 walks is Thursday 31st October.

We are looking into how we can increase the printed information available for the 2020 festival as this was much requested by walkers.

Based on feedback from walkers there are a couple of things organisers would like to make you aware of:

  • A significant number of people asked for more walks of between 7 and 10 miles long. We very much want to make the festival popular with all walkers – whether those looking for a flat stroll or a hilly ramble.
  • People asked for as much information as possible about public transport – and for that walks start in line with bus times. Please be aware of this and perhaps take it into account on the day – e.g. if there is one bus an hour that arrives on the hour, and your walk starts at 10 am, please wait for that bus to arrive (or even better contact your walkers in advance to tell them about this).
  • A few people suggested more evening walks.

Please share walking festival blogs or any of the walks available on the site with your visitors. The news section of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival is a great place for information to share with guests.