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Countryfile Ramble for Children in Need

Isle of Wight Long Distance Walkers are taking part in the Country File Ramble to raise funds for Children in Need.

Our River Yar Sea to Source on 11 October had been organised as a Walking Festival warm up walk. However, when we heard that Countryfile were organising rambles on the weekend of 10/11 October for Children in Need we thought this would be the perfect opportunity for people who wish to raise money for this worthy cause.

You can find out more on the Countryfile website. 

Or on the Children in Need website

Our walk starts at St Helens old church at 9am. The route goes through Brading and the cycle track to Godshill where we will stop for lunch. We will then continue on the lesser used paths to finish at Niton and a well earned drink in the White Lion. The walk will take approximately 7 hours and 30 minutes and cover 19 miles.

Please contact us if you want to join our walk. You can raise your own sponsorship, pay a donation to join the walk, or simply join us for a ramble.

We have also created a JustGiving page if you would like to donate. 

Another Great Season

We have had another lovely Spring and Summer and been on some fantastic walks. The Summer ended with another set of successful 'wet walks' with the Fort and Needles walks now featuring as regular events in our programme.

We are now looking forward to cold, crisp and sunny winter walks!

IOWLDWA in the News

We were invited to the Walk the Wight launch on Monday 16 February and we were honoured to attend. This is a popular and hugly important event on the Island which we are happy to support in any way we can. You can find out more about registering for the 26 mile walk on their website. Find our more about the launch on Isle of Wight Radio or OnTheWight.

Our photo was recently used in the Isle of Wight Radio's news item on the opening of the footpath in Newport. The photo was taken during our Medina Mud March walk on 1 March.

Trailwalker Sucess!

Two teams of four walkers from the Isle of Wight Long Distance Walkers Association took part in Oxfam's annual Trailwalker event 26-27 July 2014. This tough physical and mental challenge organised by the Gurkhas involves walking 100km/62 miles overnight.

Registration took place the evening before at Queen Elizabeth Country Park and both teams set off at 0700 on Saturday 26 July 2014 to start the 100km course. Over 300 teams of walkers (and runners) took part, and our teams started in the second wave. 
This was a tough challenge even for the Long Distance Walkers Association and the heat nearly cost them dearly as some of the members suffered from over-exertion, dehydration and insufficient slow-release carbohydrate intake on the hard, undulating and unrelenting trail. A couple of walkers even came close to collapse and withdrawal from the event, but somehow managed to trudge on as the hours, miles and check points passed by.
David Yates Chairman of the IOWLDWA and one of the participants said "Once the daylight expired, and torches came into use, sheer tiredness plagued virtually all of the walkers, but with positive team encouragement and close support, somehow both teams stumbled on through the night. The end of the course involved virtually circling the bright lights of Brighton, and this was quite frustrating at times when the finish could almost be seen, but several miles were still left to complete"
All eight walkers made it across the finishing line of Brighton Racecourse on Sunday morning. Team Beaches Bars and Blisters finished in just under twenty-three hours, and Team Paths, Pubs, and Plasters finished in 23 hours 13 minutes. It was worth it for the incredible sense of achievement and for the funds raised for Oxfam. Although we are still counting the money raised it will certainly be over £700. The teams could not have done without the amazing help from their support team, Marco and Ryan Smith, David Scales and Steve Luckett. Karen Williams of team Paths, Pubs and plasters said "Although we all had our own goals the event is designed to encourage us to work as a team and overcome the challenges along the way"
You can read more about it on our Blog.



IOWLDWA in the News

Our recent 24 hour walk round the Island was featured in the Isle of Wight County Press. Well done to all that participated and particularly those that completed the entire 73 miles.

We were also featured in OnTheWight for the walk we did with the Isle of Wight Beach Cleaning Volunteers.

Round the Island

Well done to everyone who completed the 3 day 73 mile walk round the Isle of Wight, 3-5 May 2014. We had lots of fun, food and blisters. 

Latest Walks

We have just published our latest walks leaflet. We also post details of forthcoming walks on IWight and OntheWight.

Beating the Tides

The Isle of Wight LDWA group recently took advantage of the tides and completed the Bembridge Fort, The Needles and Freshwater Caves Walks.

You can find out more on our Blog

Bembridge Fort Walk report

The Needles Walk report

Freshwater Caves Walk

Here are some of the images from the Needles Walk but you can see more on our Flickr Page

Freshwater Caves Walk

Isle of Wight LDWA Team completes 100km Challenge - Oxfam Trailwalk

Sat 27th - 28th July 2013

Mark Taskas, Karen Williams, Terry Kennedy, Marco Smith, Brad Bull(Support) entered the challenge as team 'Beaches, Bars and Blisters'.  Walking 100km over the South Downs Way starting at the Queen Elizabeth Park and ending at Brighton Racecourse, the team started at 08:00 and finished 24h15m later.  During the first 40km (CP1-4) they were accompanied by Yuko Uchida providing moral support and company. Jan Bull joined the team between CP5 and CP6 and Deb Knighton supported them on the last 40km during the hours of darkness.  

Full report can be found here.