Adventure afoot! The Isle of Wight Walking Festival kicks off this April

IsleWalk17 runs from April 29 to May 14

Wightlink Ferries is looking forward to the return of one of the UK’s biggest walking festivals, the Isle of Wight Walking Festival, which this year has been renamed IsleWalk17. With an enormous range of walks – from the (as tough as it sounds) Isle of Wight Challenge, to a walking Jimi Hendrix tour– there is plenty to choose from as strollers, walkers and hikers alike gather to enjoy the natural beauty of the Island.

Wightlink Ferries has chosen a few highlights from the upcoming festival suitable for a range of abilities from easy strolling to tough hikes – but with such a huge volume of walks, there really is something to suit any interest. Most of the walks are free, although some walk leaders request a donation for their chosen charity.

Easy strolling

Explore flora, fauna, archaeology, history, highland cattle and more on The Garlic Farm Walking Tour – a must for those who are after a fairly easy walk exploring a historical site. This walk takes place on 3 May 2017 – to book a place, call 01983 865378.

Walkers can also enjoy the Earth Walk with Goodleaf Tree Climbing, a family friendly walk around the beautiful Appley Park, Ryde. The walk involves a mixture of activities designed to put guests in touch with their natural surroundings. To book this gentle walk on 1 May, call 0333 800 1188.

Moderate meanders

For visitors who want to push themselves a bit more the Variety is the Spice of Life walk with the Orchards Holiday Park is a long, but gentle, circular walk encompassing farmland, woods, streams, creeks, the Solent, estuaries, harbour, town and more. Taking place on 8 May 2017, this walk requires a £3.50 donation to the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. Call 01983 760507 to book.

For tough cookies

The Isle of Wight Challenge – with full Island, half Island and quarter Island options – is not one to be missed by serious trekkers. Participants can walk, jog or run all (or part) of the106km of the Island’s coastal path. This 66 mile extravaganza takes place on Saturday 29 April and Sunday 30 April, and requires a £70 donation and a fundraising target. Call 02076 096695 to book into this exciting event.

With walks taking place across the Island, ramblers who are looking for their next quest need look no further and aspiring adventurers can enjoy a family walk around one of the most naturally stunning environments in the UK.

Wightlink’s foot passenger service takes from just 22 minutes from Portsmouth to Ryde, so it couldn’t be easier for walkers to head over to the Island to make the most of IsleWalk17 and enjoy the arrival of spring.

Wightlink – Part of Island Life

Wightlink is the leading cross-Solent ferry operator carrying almost five million holidaymakers and Islanders across the Solent to the Isle of Wight every year. Eight ferries on three routes provide Island-wide coverage and complete 48,000 sailings a year giving Islanders an easy and frequent service to the mainland, and tourists an accessible way to enjoy a taste of Island life.

With seamless train connections to Portsmouth Harbour and Lymington, and direct connections to the Wightlink Ferries terminals, getting to the Isle of Wight couldn’t be easier. You can step off the train from London, hop on a Wightlink catamaran and be on the Island in from just 22 minutes, while the car ferries take around 40 minutes from Portsmouth and Lymington. On board, passengers and drivers alike can relax in the lounges and enjoy some refreshments before arriving on the Island to enjoy the range of attractions, events and experiences that make the Isle of Wight a leading destination for tourists.

Once you arrive on the Island, getting around is just as easy on foot, bike, car, bus or train – with a refreshingly visible bus service, open-top “Breezer” tours, and a “hop on, hop off” Island Coaster service which has the capacity to carry bikes. Those who travel to Ryde can take the Island Line train service round the east coast of the Island down to Shanklin – providing a through service straight from Waterloo.

More Routes, More Ferries, More Often

Drive Less See More – www.wightlink.co.uk/dlsm

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