Walk the Wight would normally take place in May, at the start of the summer season. However, due to the covid-19 pandemic, 2020’s event had to be cancelled.
A walk ‘your way’ virtual event was launched in 2020 instead. This meant people could still walk to raise money for the Island’s charity, albeit their own way.
Unless government restrictions change, Walk the Wight will take place in September 2021.
Isle of Wight’s Walk the Wight 2021
Walk the Wight 2021 will take place on Sunday, 12th September 2021.
Mountbatten Isle of Wight CEO Nigel Hartley says:
“With the publication of the Government’s COVID-19 Response ‘Road Map’ we are confident that this year’s walk can take place.
“However, with the support of many individuals and organisations across the Island we have decided to reschedule the event to Sunday 12 September 2021.
“We have written to everyone who has already registered for the 2021 event to advise them of the change.”
31st organised event
2021’s event will be the 31st year it has taken place.
“Following the tremendous response to our virtual ‘Walk the Wight Your Way’ in 2020, we are also keeping this option open for those who prefer to clock up their miles over a longer period.
“We are so grateful to everyone who did this in 2020 and in 2021 Walk the Wight Your Way will run for an extended period from April through to 12 September.”
“We hope that as many Islanders as possible and those from further afield will support us to get Walk the Wight back on the map in autumn 2021 as one of the largest walks of its kind.
“Please support us and let all your friends know that we will be able to walk across our wonderful Island to support Mountbatten on Sunday September 12th, 2021.
“By taking part you will be making a huge difference to how people on the Isle of Wight will experience the end of their lives.”
The main walk (26.5 miles) will start as usual in Bembridge and end at the Needles.
Although walkers can choose to cover half the distance, either from the start (12.5 miles) or the midway point at Carisbrooke (14 miles to the Needles).
The 8-mile Flat Walk from Sandown to Newport will also be available for people of all ages and abilities.
To register for the event, visit the Mountbatten Isle of Wight website www.mountbatten.org.uk/register-to-walk-the-wight
In 2020, the co-owner of Ford Farm House, Robin Thornton sadly came to the end of his life, and the carers at Mountbatten were on hand to comfort him for the final days of his journey.