Call for Isle of Wight Walking Festival leaders

The call is being made for walk leaders to step forward for the popular Isle of Wight Walking Festival as momentum for the 2020 event builds.

Visit Isle of Wight are hosting the Walking Festival between May 2 and May 17 next year, and are asking for walk leaders to get involved.

A love of the Isle of Wight and its wide variety of scenery are all that’s required to be part of this important event in the Island’s tourism calendar.

There are a variety of walks in the Isle of Wight Walking Festival and Islander’s are being encouraged to share their own with those who are taking part.

The walks don’t have to be long treks, and we’re being encouraged to choose a route that highlights points of interest along the way or perhaps involve a shared hobby that people could chat about while walking.

Following the announcement in June this year, the Island’s status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve will provide an added interest to those taking part in the Isle of Wight Walking Festival.

Hotelier Mike Beston, from the Snowdon House Hotel in Shanklin, says the Walking Festival it is an important boost to the Island’s tourism economy:

‘As a keen walker I can truly endorse the Isle of Wight Walking Festival, it showcases our unique areas of outstanding natural beauty across our lovely Island and helps extend our tourism season.

‘The success of the 2018 walking event helped to facilitate the event again this year; it also encouraged local voluntary organisations such as the Friends of Shanklin Theatre to create a new walk entitled “Coast to Country Walk”. This proved really popular with locals and tourists alike and will take place again in 2020.

The Walking Festival is very well organised, and I hope that it will continue for many more years to come.’

Jacqui Robertson, from the Friends of Shanklin Theatre led her first walk in 2019 and echoes Mike’s comments:

‘I really enjoyed preparing and leading my first walk ‘Shanklin Coast to Country’. My colleagues and I were surprised to see so many people showing an interest in our town. It is a very rewarding experience and would recommend leading a walk to share our beautiful island with others’

Abi Fox, Brand Manager at Visit Isle of Wight said:

‘The Isle of Wight Walking Festival is a fantastic opportunity to share your love of the Island. The festival is a chance to celebrate the Island’s recent Unesco Biopshere Reserve status and really show off hidden gems or tucked away spots that make our Island unique. Walks can be any length and take place during the day or in the evening.’

Find out more and upload your walks at http://tiny.cc/l80jez or email walking@visitwight.org for more information.