Walkers heading back from the fort. Picture by Robin Crossley.
THE Isle of Wight’s biggest un-organised event attracted hundreds of people.
Brilliant sunshine acted as a magnet to draw adults, children and salty sea dog pets to the annual Fort Walk yesterday (Thursday).
They took advantage of the lowest tides in August to take part in the traditional event — at one point wading waist deep in the surf — to reach the normally inaccessible fort and walk around its perimeter.
Coastguards and Ryde Inshore Rescue were on hand in case people got into difficulty in the in-coming tide, which has happened previously.
No-one takes responsibility for organising the event for that reason.
Martin Groom, station officer at Bembridge Coastguard, warned people not to attempt the walk tonight (Friday).
He said: "Yesterday was the best day to do it. The tide is one hour later this evening meaning it is likely to be getting dusk as people walk back. Also, the tide isn’t as low tonight as it was yesterday."