11th – Sunday 19th May
Walking in the Isle of Wight allows visitors and locals to explore rolling hills and woodlands, enjoying the island’s diverse flora and fauna. With dramatic clifftop views looking out to sea, the trails will take you through charming villages, past castles, landmarks, manor houses and British Heritage sites.
Whether you are an experienced hiker or a casual walker, the island has routes that will suit you. Some information is below, but please visit the Walking Festival website here. We hope to see you on the trails. If you are searching for accommodation on the island, please click below for our special offers here at the Wighthill for the festival.
History of the Walking Festival
First set up in 1999 by the island’s council, it offered almost 40 walks and attracted 5000 walkers. However, in 2016, The Isle of Wight Council decided it could no longer operate the festival. The Island’s Destination Management organisation took over the festival’s running in 2017. With the help of local volunteers from island rambling groups, the Festival is as strong as ever, and the Summer and Autumn Walking Festivala are here to stay!
Did You Know?
More than half of the Isle of Wight is recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. And there are more than 500 miles of signposted and maintained footpaths. It has been well-documented that Alfred Lord Tennyson walked extensively on the island, and so too did Jimi Hendrix. A life-size bronze statue of Jimi is on display at Dimbola Lodge, Freshwater, celebrating his visit here. The southwest coast of the Island is one of the most important Dinosaur sites in Europe. And, if you take a stroll on Compton Beach, you can see dinosaur footprints.