Lace up those walking boots and 'Walk the Wight' on Sunday 15 May. The 26.5 mile sponsored event is the highlight of the UK’s biggest walking festival from 7 – 22 May but those wishing to take part will have to act quickly as registrations close on 1 May. Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries is offering special travel rates for both foot and car passengers visiting the Island for the festival, as well as exclusive camping packages. A walker’s heaven, the Isle of Wight has more footpaths per square mile than any other English county and over half of the island is recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Isle of Wight Walking Festival offers over 300 organised walks over two weeks across the Island’s 500 miles of footpaths including:
- Walk the Wightis a sponsored charity walk from Bembridge to Alum Bay in aid of the Isle of Wight Hospice. Walkers will enjoy a stunning variety of landscapes including high chalk downs, quiet estuaries and dramatic cliffs, and may even spot one of the native red squirrels along the way. If a full 26.5 miles is too much, there is the option to do half the distance or a flat walk if you don’t fancy the hills. Entrants must register by 1 May 2011.
- There are family walks including tiny tots and toddler walks, a tiger trail guided tour of the Big Cat collection at Isle of Wight Zoo and a troll trail family quest walk.
- Unusual walks over the fortnight include tea party walks, speed dating walks and special Guided ghost walks around the Botanical Gardens at Ventnor with ghost expert Mark Tuckey.
The official Isle of Wight Walking Festival website has full details of what is in store for walkers and how to book spaces on the highly sought-after themed walks. Red Funnel is offering a variety of discounts on ferry travel for those coming to the Island to take part in the Walking Festival and Walk the Wight between 7-22 May.
For those who would like to enjoy a holiday to the Island over the Walking Festival, Red Funnel also offers some great value exclusive camping offers; these include ferry travel and a five-night pitch at selected four and five star sites from £120 for a car and tent. Alternatively, the Red Funnel website contains an extensive range of accommodation options from country cottages to luxury hotels. Book accommodation with Red Funnel and you can save up to 50% on ferry travel. For more info visit www.redfunnel.co.uk/walking.