For the past six years the event has been sponsored by Ordnance Survey as part of a contract which ended with the 2009 event.As it has not been renewed a search for a new sponsor has started.

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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.

The event finishes with 'Walk the Wight', the largest walk from Bembridge to The Needles (One side of the island to the other).

Three months after that first meeting, the couple got together.

“I had a spare ticket to see a band and offered it to Sean,” says Sarah.

Walk the Wight is the largest walk of the festival, and used to be the last to occur.

The walk covers ground across the island, from Bembridge in the east, travelling via Carisbrooke to The Needles in the western tip of the island.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.As well as great views (the Needles being perhaps the most famous), the Isle of Wight also offers some fun family incentives for getting out walking all year around.Julia Buckley discovers how walking with a group can be such an enjoyable way to make friends and find love...Sarah Wise and Sean Doel have lost count of the number of walks they’ve been on with London’s Metropolitan Walkers group, but the couple will never forget the outing that first brought them together.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.