Festivals

Belfast Hills Walking Festival

2020 Date to be Announced

In aid of the North West Mountain Rescue Team (NWMRT) held in association with the National Trust and Cotswold Outdoor.

The event will be held on the Belfast Hills, starting and finishing at the National Trust car park at Divis Mountain.

There are two types of walks to choose from: a 10km circular walk, and a 20km circular walk. The 10 km walk is suitable for all, with any level of fitness and age. The 20 km walk is suitable for those experienced in hill walking with a good level of fitness. Children under 13 years of age can only attend the 10 km if accompanied by an adult or as part of an organised and insured youth group.

The NWMRT is your local Mountain Rescue Team and we are entirely voluntary, relying heavily on donations and fundraising events. This is your opportunity to meet team members and experience a marshalled walk along Divis and the Black Mountain, some of the most stunning views of Belfast, Antrim, the Mournes and beyond!

Last year many youth groups came along to experience the great sights of Divis along with individuals raising money for their own good causes. Contact us directly on hillswalk@nwmrt.org if you would like any help or advice.

INFORMATION ON TYPES OF WALKS:

10km Walk: An excellent short family hike along a marshalled route taking in the Belfast Hills including Black Mountain, and Divis Mountain which provide the backdrop to the city’s skyline. They offer spectacular views across Northern Ireland, Belfast Lough and as far as Donegal and the coasts of England, Scotland and the Isle of Man. The route will be marshalled by the North West MRT members and there is an also an option for a guided walk commencing at 10:15hrs and 10:30hrs for those who wish to be accompanied during this walk.

20km walk: An excellent all day hike for the adventurer along a marshalled route taking in the Belfast Hills including Black Mountain and Divis Mountain which provide the backdrop to the city’s skyline. They offer spectacular views across Northern Ireland, Belfast Lough and as far as Donegal and the coasts of England, Scotland and the Isle of Man. The route will be marshalled by the North West MRT; there is also an option for a guided walk commencing at 09:15hrs and 09:30hrs for those who wish to be accompanied during this walk.

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Causeway Coast Challenge Walk

Sunday 3rd May 2020

A 30km distance challenge walk organised by the Bannside Ramblers. The route follows the scenic cliff top path from Portballintrae past the Giants Causeway to Portbradden and back again.

The undulating path is well defined and surfaced but contains a number of muddy ascents and descents and crosses occasional loose rocks and stones.

Participants must commence their walk by 9:15am and finish by 5:00pm. On completion of the walk badges and certificates are available for those doing the full distance.

For further information please visit the Bannside Ramblers Website: www.bannsideramblers.co.uk

What to bring

Participants must bring suitable clothing and footwear for the prevailing conditions at and during the time of the walk, particularly if inclement weather is forecast.

Persons should also bring adequate food and drink for the distance, however several water stops at various locations will be manned by club members.

Dogs are permitted but owners must keep them under control at all times and clean up after them.

Booking Details

Registration is done on the day STRICTLY between 08.00am and 09.00am at the Village Hall, Beach Road, Portballintrae BT578US   Please allow sufficient travelling time in order to arrive for registration.

Toilets facilities are available in the hall and also in the car park.

The event cost £5 for adults and £3 for children.

Participants can go half distance if desired, but MUST indicate so at registration and arrange their own transportation from Port Bradden.

Contacts

www.bannsideramblers.co.uk

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Omagh & Sperrins Walking Weekend

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th March 2020

All walks take place within the Fermanagh & Omagh District Council area. On Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March, you can choose a moderate or challenging walk to experience the Sperrins in your own way.

Saturday 28 March 2020 – Base: Gortin Activity Centre (www.gortincentre.com)

Walk 1 – Challenging Walk

“The Landscape Speaks- Place names in the Sperrins.”

This 12km walk on track and open hillside traces the meanings attached to the natural landscape around Mullaghcarn, exploring and discovering the meanings of rivers, places and significant historical features hidden in the Irish landscape.

Registration Time: 9.00am

Details: 12km / 5hrs; suitable for walkers who are comfortable with 5hrs+ walking on rough terrain.

Cost: £5 per person

Walk 2 – Moderate Walk

“From Monks to Kingships: Dynasties in the Sperrins.”

This 8km walk is predominantly on double track with some open ground, exploring the historic dynasties around Bessy Bell since times of early settlement including the area now known as Harry Avery’s Castle and the ecclesiastical significance of Ardstraw.

Registration Time: 10am

Details: 8km / 4hrs; suitable for walkers comfortable with 4hrs+ walking on trails

Cost: £5 per person

Sunday 29 March 2020 Base: An Creagán (www.an-creagan.com)

Walk 3 – Challenging Walk

“The Flight of the Earls (Part II)”

This 12km walk is predominantly across open ground, re-tracing the supposed route of the O’Neill and O’Donnell clans and entourage on their journey west up the Glenelly Valley to Rathmullan in 1607.

Registration Time: 9.00am

Details: 12km / 5hrs; suitable for walkers who are comfortable with 5hrs+ walking on rough terrain.

Cost: £5 per person

Walk 4 – Moderate Walk

“The Bronze Age Experience”

This 8km walk predominantly on double track explores the landscape around Carrickmore with Neolithic eyes, reading the signs and discovering the remnants of our fore-bearers’ settlements.

Registration Time: 10am

Details: 8km / 4hrs; suitable for walkers comfortable with 4hrs+ walking on trails

Cost: £5 per person

Limited availability on all walks so advance booking is strongly recommended

Please Note:

Participants are recommended to wear Hiking Boots for all walks. Please be prepared for all weathers. Transport will be provided to start of each of walk.

Further Information on each walk available from Far and Wild, Activity Provider, on:

Tel: +44 7775 911198

Email: hello@farandwild.co.uk

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