Book your Island escape with the Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Festival

A Visit Isle of Wight press release

With the Isle of Wight’s 60 miles of dramatic coastline, 500 miles of well maintained, signposted footpaths, and over half of the Island designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of few places in the UK to gain UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status, it’s easy to understand why the Walking Festival is now in its 23rd year!

The Isle of Wight Walking Festival takes place between 8-16 October and is the ideal opportunity to walk with your family, take a stroll with friends or connect with like-minded new people in the great outdoors.

With over 50 specially curated walks available, the Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Festival tours are guided by volunteer walk leaders from groups such as the Isle of Wight Ramblers Association, the National Trust and local businesses.

There’s nothing these passionate Islanders couldn’t – and wouldn’t – tell you about their favourite routes, special viewpoints, cosy cafes, or pubs to sit back and relax with a drink to end a day on your feet.

Whether you’re a serious walker looking for a challenge or looking for something to entertain the family this autumn, pack your walking boots and wellies, layer up your woollies and enjoy the beautiful Isle of Wight landscape at this special time of year.

Walks include a Ramblers Association tour around the RSPB’s only Isle of Wight site at Brading Marsh, or a stroll across the internationally renowned Needles Half Marathon route, taking in The Freshwater Way, beautiful views of Compton and Totland Bay, the National Trust’s Headon Warren – a designated AONB, The Needles and Tennyson Down.

For something more leisurely, try ‘The Terrace’s Yarmouth River Loop’. Make your way up the river Yar and keep your eyes peeled for sea eagles and other wildlife. Cross the causeway and wander back through fields & woodland until you’re back at The Terrace. Stay on to enjoy beautiful views of the Solent over lunch.

History lovers will enjoy a walk from local historian and author, Tim Wander, with a stroll around Puckpool gun battery and down to Appley Tower. Tim will explain the many changes the Palmerston battery underwent, reveal its secrets and its pivotal role as HMS Medina during D-Day, while something a little more spooky comes in the form of the Lost Crypt Ryde Walk, inspired by Aspire Ryde’s The Lost Crypt Escape Room. Hear stories of the Linds and the Maybricks and their suspected connection to Jack The Ripper!  Plus, there’s the opportunity to book in to play the Lost Crypt Escape Room afterwards. 

With many of the walks free to join, booking is essential as numbers for each event are limited.

Visit Isle of Wight has partnered with local firms to offer reduced travel and accommodation deals, so now is the time to start booking your Isle of Wight escape!

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