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bembridgefortwalk400Around a thousand local residents and tourists are expected to take advantage of a low spring tide today (Tuesday) and take on the challenge of walking out to St Helens Fort and back again.

Known as the Bembridge Fort Walk, hundreds upon hundreds of people each and every August take advantage of the extremely low tide to be able to reach and touch the nearest Palmerston Fort in The Solent, built in the late 1800′s.

This year, the grape-vine has marked today as the best day to complete the walk from 18:00, with the lowest tide at around 19:30. The walk is around 1 mile in each direction and the majority of walkers start from the car park near to the Toll Gate Cafe on Embankment Road, Bembridge.

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The event is unorganised however has become somewhat of a tradition on the Island, but those taking part are advised they do so at their own risk and should follow the crowds to stick to the safest possible route.

Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team will be present to keep an eye on any persons getting into difficulty alongside Bembridge RNLI’s Inshore Lifeboat.

Tomorrow (Wednesday), the low tide will be later in the evening meaning walkers would return in the dark, which is not advised.

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