Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2021
September 12 - October 12
The 21st Isle of Wight Walking Festival may take place in May 2021. Walkers of all abilities can join in the two weeks. With more than half of the Isle of Wight designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 500 miles of well-maintained footpaths and 60 miles of coastline, the island is noted for its great walking.
As with all events this year, it is best to check whether the event is going ahead and what restrictions apply. Exact dates of the festival have yet to be announced.
History of the Isle of Wight Walking Festival
The first festival was held in 1999, consisting of 39 walks.
Most of the guided walks are free, although some leaders may request a donation for charity. This provides you a great opportunity to see the diverse landscapes on offer in the island, as well as to meet colourful locals.
The walks include the Isle of Wight Challenge which raises considerable money for charity each year. The Challenge will start on 2 May and finish some 66 miles later – and up to 33 hours later.
This year will see the relaunch of the Yar River Trail with four days of longer walks as well as the launch of the Wroxall Stream Link and Scotchells Brook Link – due to Heritage Lottery funding. Organisers stress that booking for these walks is essential. You can do it here.
May 10 will see the 30th Anniversary of Walk the Wight with Mountbatten, 26 miles from Bembridge to Alum Bay.
Registration is available now, and you are recommended to do so swiftly as the walks tend to full up fast.
A directory of all the walks can be downloaded here.
When is the Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2021?
The 2020 Festival will be held in May. Exact dates of the festival have yet to be announced.
For more information on Victoria’s association with the island and walking opportunities on Tennyson Down, read Mark Bibby Jackson’s Isle of Wight Holidays: Walks, Pubs and Victoria.
Things to Do on the Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight has a wonderful history with Carisbroke Castle, where King Charles I was locked up prior to his execution, and Queen Victoria’s beloved Osborne House both run by English Heritage and open to the public. Read more here.
Isle of Wight Festival Season
The Isle of Wight Walking Festival is just one of many festivals on the island. Other festivals include: the Isle of Wight Literary Festival, Ventnor Fringe, Lendy Cowes Week and the Isle of Wight Festival.
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For more information on the Isle of Wight Walking Festival 2020
Cover Photo of 2017 Walk The Wight Credit Jason Swain