With the festival now in its 16th year, many locals and regulars alike would fancy themselves as pretty knowledgeable on the subject, but the proof of that is in our fiendishly difficult quiz. The festival’s centrepiece is a ‘walking weekend’ of some 64 walks taking place between the 24 and 27 October. What mileage will these intrepid explorers have racked up by Sunday evening? Which musical icon is given his own walk at this year’s event to commemorate his landmark performance at the Isle of Wight festival? Sunday will see a ‘Qigon’ walk in Godshill, but what exactly is Qigon (or Qigong)?According to the official website, what’s the total distance covered on this walking weekend? The Chinese act of ‘cultivating life energy’ A rare plant that flowers for just six hours a year An old Asian childrens’ game similar to conkers A type of garlic grown on the Island’s farms 6.

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For further inspiration, do take a look at the links below where you will find some useful walking resources for planning your Isle of Wight family wanders.

This year marks the 16th anniversary of the annual Isle of Wight Walking Festival, which has grown to over 200 planned walks, making it (we think! Starting on 3 May, the walking festival boasts 16 days of walks for people of all abilities, from toddlers to great-grandparents, and experienced hikers to casual walkers.

The Isle of Wight Walking Festival is an ideal opportunity to explore this beautiful island (over half is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Heritage Coastline) in the company of other walkers and skilled, knowledgeable guides.

If you are not able to get to the Isle of Wight for the festival, there are still plenty of easily accessible walks – here are some that we have featured on the blog in the past: The River Medina cycle path, Isle of Wight Explore Cowes’ rich ship and boat building history on this amble along the cycle path beside the banks of the River Medina before reaching Newport.

Organisers have outlined why it’s important to walk with a first aid kit, and given an example as to what it should contain. Plasters Latex gloves Paracetamol Triangular bandage 9.

One popular attraction is the festival’s speed dating walk.

With its heritage as the ‘Dinosaur Isle’ and one of the UK’s top spots for finding fossils and dinosaur remains, you can plan a family walk around exploring this history or taking in a spot of fossil hunting.

There is a Dino Island app which shows the locations of several ‘meteorite’ information points across the Isle of Wight where kids can get an interactive insight into the dinosaurs who used to roam the island – a great starting point for planning a wander in any weather.

Home to an award winning walking festival, on of the UK’s largest, the island is well aware of its walking potential and paths are well marked and maintained.