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YHA Love walking? Find romance on the Isle of Wight
    20/02/2013 03:50

Love walking? Find romance on the Isle of Wight

Among the many participants in this year's Isle of Wight Walking Festival, it is hoped one very special guest will make another appearance: Cupid. That is because the event's increasingly-popular speed-dating walk is back again for 2013.

When you think about it, speed dating at a walking festival is a much more effective way of meeting someone with similar interests than sitting in a busy bar, and the results have been promising; couples meeting on speed dating walks on the Isle of Wight have already produced four weddings and one baby, and by the time this year's event takes place in May, a fifth wedding will have taken place.

This year's event will start and finish at the romantic location of Fisherman's Cottage on Shanklin Esplanade on May 5th, but of course the festival isn't all about meeting the perfect partner. The full programme includes more than 300 walks around the island, catering for walking enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.

There are themes for many of the walks, including the dawn chorus and the dinosaur trail, while some of the routes even focus on famous names - from Alfred Lloyd Tennyson to rock legend Jimi Hendrix - and trace their footsteps across the island.

If you're planning to take part in the 15th Isle of Wight Walking Festival, take a look at what YHA has to offer in great-value accommodation.

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