It then raised money both for a new CTI scanner and the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.Once the scanner appeal was complete and because of the large amount of help and support given by staff and friends, it was decided to support the Earl Mountbatten Hospice which it continues to do today.
Other companies have later come on to support the event such as Red Funnel and Southern Vectis who now provide free travel for walkers.
In 2008 a new 'Flat Walk the Wight' was introduced running along the island's cycle network, aimed at those unable to manage the steep hills the traditional walk involves such as those in wheelchairs or with small children.
year, the 2014 Isle of Wight Walking Festival, organised by the Isle of Wight Council and sponsored by Garmin, boasts 16 days of unbeatable, informative and healthy walks for all abilities.
All walks are led by knowledgeable guides, who share their stories and history of the Island. And with its 60-miles of dramatic Heritage Coastline and more than 500-miles of well-maintained and signposted footpaths the Island has long been recognised as a walker’s paradise.
She noticed that loads of singles always turned up for walks - and bingo! The left-over ladies simply line up at the back and hope to have a bash at any untaken guys later.
For last Sunday's trial speed-dating stroll walkers looking for love came from London, Birmingham, Somerset, Staffordshire, Dorset, Kent, Berkshire and the island itself. It's hard to look glamorous in a biting March wind, but we do our best as we follow the ultra-glam Elaine Cesar, who is from the Isle of Wight Council. The instructions are certainly clear: "It is recommended that walkers are on their best behaviour and do not use foul or sexually suggestive language." The route takes the chattering line along bridle paths to the local stately home, Appuldurcombe House, where we end up doing laps to allow the leftover women to have a crack. Peter Pusey, 54, handsome, upbeat and fit, has a story that is common among our group of singles: divorced 10 years ago and left to bring up a couple of children, he has no time to date. "Lots of people have told me that they don't want to get stuck behind a table doing indoor speed dating.
As it has not been renewed a search for a new sponsor has started.
Walk the Wight is the largest walk of the festival, and used to be the last to occur.
Welcome to the speed-dating walk, an imaginative new form of exercise.