The annual event, run by arts for wellbeing charity, Independent Arts, encourages supporters to cover the equivalent distance of the Isle of Wight’s coastline during the month of May.
This year, for the first time, participants will be able to make up some of their 70 miles by joining like-minded people in a number of guided walks, adding a new social element to the fundraising event.
Participants will also be able to join both the Independent Arts fundraisers Facebook group and a brand new 70 Mile May Strava club, so they can track their walks but also share their activity with other fundraising walkers.
Independent Arts Chief Executive, Lisa Gagliani MBE, says:
“We hope the addition of these guided group walks will add a new benefit to those taking part in our annual walking fundraising challenge! As well as raising funds for Independent Arts with every mile you walk, you can also meet new likeminded people, and experience the benefits of the outdoors, nature, and socialising. For a lot of our participants, Independent Arts workshops are some of the only socialising they experience all week, so we know the importance of a good chat! We hope to see lots of familiar and new faces enjoying these walks and raising money together!”
Natural Links Walk
Join Dave Fairlamb, of Natural Links, who is kindly donating his time for a special Nature Walk around 6 miles of the perimeter pathways of Brading Marshes RSPB Reserve at 09:00 Tuesday 24th May.
Starting in St Helens, the route follows sections of the Bembridge Trail and Yar River Trail overlooking the wetlands and reedbeds of the Nature Reserve, through woodlands at Bembridge and Centurion’s Corpse and surrounding farmland and hedgerows, returning via Laundry Lane.
This educational and sociable walk will not only increase your monthly miles, but also offer the opportunity to see migrant birds that have returned, butterflies and dragonflies on the wing, and wildflowers in bloom.
St Helens Circular Walk
Join members of the Independent Arts team for a Sunday afternoon circular stroll, beginning in St Helens, before heading through Pondwell, Seaview and Seagrove Bay, finishing up back in St Helens.
This relaxed sociable walk is around 7 miles, taking about 3 hours including a stop for refreshments at the Mermaid Inn (or in Seaview). The walk will set off from the carpark on the green at 15:00 Sunday 15th May and is again free to join, simply email [email protected] to book your place!
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