The Isle of Wight Walking Festival

The Isle of Wight Walking Festival takes place between 4 and 19 May this year, and 2019 marks the 21st year of the event, making it one of the UK’s longest running walking festivals.

There is an extensive programme of about 100 graded walks all over the Island from short and flat, to long and hilly! Over half the island is recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so the stunning panoramic scenery is a walker’s paradise.

‘Get up close and personal with the best of the Island’s stunning scenery; journey from the beautiful chalky cliffs of the west coast to the lush green rolling hills of the east. The Isle of Wight is often referred to as ‘England in Miniature’, so in just one day of walking you could see the very best of the English countryside from sand dunes and pebbly coves to thatched villages and bustling sailing towns.’

You don’t need a car to visit the Isle of Wight. You can travel as a foot passenger from Southampton to Cowes, Portsmouth to Ryde or Lymington to Yarmouth. Once on the Island, Southern Vectis buses run an extensive programme of routes around the Island including the open top Needles Breezer, ranked as the third best scenic bus route in all England!