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Speed dating walk isle of wight

It's not often that you get whisked away to Venice on a first date.

Later this month walkers from across Britain will descend upon the Isle of Wight for its autumn walking festival.

With plenty of routes around the island – both countryside and coastal – as well as quaint villages to call into along the way, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained. The ‘Beaches, Bars & Blisters’ event returns this year, seeing serious walkers traverse the entire island’s coastline in just three days.

For last Sunday's trial speed-dating stroll walkers looking for love came from London, Birmingham, Somerset, Staffordshire, Dorset, Kent, Berkshire and the island itself. It's hard to look glamorous in a biting March wind, but we do our best as we follow the ultra-glam Elaine Cesar, who is from the Isle of Wight Council. The instructions are certainly clear: "It is recommended that walkers are on their best behaviour and do not use foul or sexually suggestive language." The route takes the chattering line along bridle paths to the local stately home, Appuldurcombe House, where we end up doing laps to allow the leftover women to have a crack. Peter Pusey, 54, handsome, upbeat and fit, has a story that is common among our group of singles: divorced 10 years ago and left to bring up a couple of children, he has no time to date. "Lots of people have told me that they don't want to get stuck behind a table doing indoor speed dating.

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).

Arriving by ferry, they swamp the pub in the Isle of Wight village of Wroxall in a fug of testosterone, before forming up outside in a crocodile and setting off for the countryside.

Welcome to the speed-dating walk, an imaginative new form of exercise.

It wasn't too hard for us to avoid talking about travel at first as we were just finding out the basics about each other, but when we finally could, it was great to share our experiences.