Few destinations take their walking quite as seriously as the beautiful Isle of Wight, and The Fort Walk is one of the resort’s most popular annual treks. The event sees people turn up in their hundreds to take on the challenge and experience a long-standing tradition…so what’s it all about?
The Fort Walk started more than 50 years ago, and it sees walkers mark the lowest tide of the summer by making their way through the shallow waters from Ducie Beach to St Helens Fort. The sea walk stretches for around three quarters of a mile, and wading through the shallows as the sun sets behind the crowds is a fantastic way to experience walking on the Isle of Wight.
The event usually falls in early August, and there’s always an informal feel to the event as the Solent is known for its strong currents and few like to be seen as official organisers. Regardless, word gets around and people of all ages turn up in their hundreds to wade through the waters and be a part of the event, and if you happen to see it take place the sight of the crowds retreating into the water at sunset is one you’re unlikely to see again.