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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.
EASTERN YAR AND POOH STICK CHALLENGE (May 1) Walk along a section of the Eastern Yar discussing the history of the river, the challenges it faces and possible remedies…while collecting twigs en-route for a major tournament! The Isle of Wight Gardens Trust is offering an expert guided tour of the gardens and inner park to discover Brown’s only Isle of Wight designed landscape at Appuldurcombe, commissioned in the 18th century by the influential Worsley family. LILY-MAY’S DUCK FEEDING WALK (May 7) Join Lily-May at the duck pond at Big Meade Shanklin, to feed the ducks before having great fun in the park.
The house is now in ruins and managed by English Heritage. Cost: £5 donation appreciated for conservation work of Isle of Wight Gardens Trusts.
As the years passed, the numbers of people taking part in the walk increased from about 25 in 1991 to around 12,000 now.