Following in the footsteps of everything from alpacas to dinosaurs, the Autumn Walking Weekend is a spin-off from the ever-popular annual Isle of Wight Walking Festival, which has taken place on the Island for the last 15 years and is now widely recognised as the biggest Walking Festival in the UK.
As well as being the 50th anniversary for the Isle of Wight’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), this is also the year that the Island was dubbed The Dinosaur Capital of the UK. Fittingly, the programme of events as a whole manages to combine both – with a large number of the walks focusing on the Island’s rich dinosaur heritage, against the backdrop of some of the most stunning coastal and countryside locations in Britain
Over half of the Island is recognised as an AONB. And with its 60-miles of dramatic Heritage Coastline and more than 500-miles of well-maintained and signposted footpaths, the Island has long been recognised as a walker’s paradise.
As well as following in the footsteps of dinosaurs in the company of experts, the full programme also offers the opportunity to go Walking with Alpacas on Saturday 26th October, over a distance of 3 miles on a trail designed to last around an hour-and-a-half.
Another highlight of the weekend is the Autumn Speed Dating Walk on 27th October – a gentle stroll that has already led all the way down the aisle on five occasions! Attracting single walkers the walk always aims to create long-lasting friendships between like-minded people, but also gives participants the chance to meet a perfect partner.
Other stand out walks in the programme include a three-day Round the Island Walk, the chance to explore an abandoned town, a Nordic Walk from Appley Park to St Helens, and a Foodie Walk in the company of local food reviewers Matt and Cat.
The full programme of walks, and registration forms, can be found on the Isle of Wight Walking Festival’s website www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk. It features some old favourites, as well as some new walks.
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