Compton Bay, one of the sites walkers will visit during the Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Weekend. Picture by Robin Crossley.
ONE hundred walks have been lined up for the 2013 Isle of Wight Autumn Walking Weekend, which gets underway later this month.
The weekend — October 25 to 28 — is a spin-off from the annual Isle of Wight Walking Festival, widely recognised as the biggest walking festival in Britain.
As well as being the 50th anniversary for the Island’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), it is also the year when the Island was dubbed the dinosaur capital of the UK.
There will be a dinosaur walk in aid of BBC Children in Need, when visitors will be taken on a prehistoric journey from Blackgang Chine to Compton Bay at 9.30am on Wednesday, October 30.
As well as following in the footsteps of dinosaurs in the company of experts, the full programme also offers the opportunity to go walking with alpacas on Saturday, October 26, a three-mile trail designed to last around an hour-and-a-half.
Another highlight of the weekend is the autumn speed dating walk on October 27 — a gentle stroll that has already led all the way down the aisle on five occasions.
Other stand-out walks in the programme include a three-day round the Island walk, the chance to explore an abandoned town, a Nordic walk from Appley Park to St Helens, and a foodie walk in the company of local food reviewers Matt and Cat.
The full programme and registration forms can be found on the festival website www.isleofwightwalkingfestival.co.uk