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Also see Betws-y-Coed Tourism Association: Feelings will run high during the Isle of Wight's autumn walking weekend, thanks to a guided stroll designed to make lovers out of hikers.
The Speed Dating Walk requires people to form pairs and follow a leader into the area around Sandown Bay.
Another walk celebrates the 40th anniversary of the island's first rock festival, visiting the site where Jimi Hendrix played. How 01983 823070; For ferries, see and Stay Wightlink offers a three-night self-catering stay at Niton Barns (08; during October for £130 per person (based on four sharing), including return ferry from Portsmouth or Lymington.
Five years ago, John Knox, a businessman, fell ill, but he fought his way back to health by taking up walking.
Peter Mc Ewen, a navigation expert, will lead a group for three miles over the wild Cheviot Hills near the town of Wooler, explaining how to walk confidently in the dark without getting lost or hurt.
There are also daytime hikes of eight to 11 miles (£10 each) exploring the historical and geological background to this region.
There's an unusual opener to the Wooler Walking Weekend in Northumberland: a night walk.YOGA, WALKING AND RELAXATION IN FISHBOURNE (April 30th) Enjoy stretching your body and learning some yoga moves in preparation for your walk along the beach. WALKING WITH LLAMAS AND ALPACAS (April 30th) A scenic walk around our farm with your own llama or alpaca. Ideal for co-ordination and balance, promoting control of both body and mind. Walk starts and finishes at the Fisherman’s Cottage Shanklin stopping for coffee at the Beach Café, Sandown. Lawrence to the top of the Undercliff finishing at Whitwell. WALK THE WIGHT – FULL WALK (May 15th) Walk the Wight is a 26½ mile cross-Island sponsored walk in aid of patient care at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. Refreshments along the way and a relaxation session to rest and rejuvenate yourself after a gentle nature walk. Learn all things alpaca and llama whilst walking with our beautiful friendly and endearing creatures. Cost: £15 per person walking a llama or alpaca (£3 for extra walker – up to a maximum of two). CAPABILITY BROWN AT APPULDURCOMBE (May 3rd) The first of two walks to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. All walkers are invited to finish with a meal of local produce back at The White Horse in Whitwell (at walkers’ cost). The festival is two years old and was originally designed to drum up custom for Wooler Youth Hostel, so you can stay in dormitory-style accommodation – or book a local hotel or b & b. How 01668 216439; Stay The 400-year-old Tankerville Arms Hotel in Wooler (01668 281581; offers doubles from £110; Wooler Youth Hostel (org.uk) charges from £14 a night for adults. They have come looking for love in woolly hats and clumpy boots - the keen, the hopeless and the sexy.