History of the IoW Group

To mark the merger of Wessex LDWA Group with the Isle of Wight LDWA Group on the 3rd March 2021, this is the first of two pages about the history of the two groups, this page is all about the IoW group:

The Isle of Wight LDWA Group was re-formed in April 2013 after a seventeen-year lapse. 
Led by author and former Royal Navy Warrant Officer David ‘Rowdy’ Yates. 
David had previously led several long distance walks, following the 2009 publication of his second book Beaches Bars and Blisters of the Isle of Wight. His first book Bomb Alley has become the top-selling accounts of the Falklands War. David has now walked round the Island fifty times.
Also a keen runner, in 2012 he set out to see how fast he could run and walk round the Island’s 72-mile coastal footpath. Achieving a time of 16 hours and 
23 minutes, he was some way off the reputed record time of 13 hours and 55 minutes. 

The IoW sub section is a friendly group and seeks to combine longer distance walking with sightseeing and a chance to meet like-minded people.
A wide variety of coastal and inland walks attract walkers of all ages, with distances that range from 10 to 72 miles. Most of the walks are quite casual, with lots of beaches and bars. Other walks leave less time for making sandcastles, and may incur some blisters! Most walks are circular, but some are linear. 
Lunch stops are usually taken at a pub or café. Various forms of public and private transport are used. Social events and occasional weekends away on the mainland are also organised.