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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Mourne International Walking Festival

26 – 28 June 2020

The Mourne International Walking Festival celebrates 22 years of outdoor enjoyment and discovery next year when the award-winning event returns on Friday 26 June to Sunday 28 June 2020.

Celebrating everything the stunning Mourne Mountains area encapsulates and offering an adventure of discovery through its sweeping slopes and beautiful coastline views, the Festival brings three days of exploration and excitement.

Next year’s special event kicks off on Friday and runs until Sunday and will feature a range of routes suitable for those who are just starting out, those keen to put their best foot forward and those more experienced to walking a tougher terrain.

Launched by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, the annual festival welcomes hundreds of individual, group and family walkers of every age, and offers a choice of routes which have been carefully planned to impress at both low and high levels. Ranging in distance from 10 to 30km, everyone is encouraged to gauge the most suitable walk for them and get involved.

The Mourne Mountains have been named Northern Ireland’s favourite walking destination for three consecutive years in WalkNI’s annual awards, demonstrating the unrivalled popularity of the area and the incredible views and opportunities it offers all walkers. And the Mourne International Walking Festival has also won the WalkNI ‘Favourite Walking Event’ award for three consecutive years, a testament to the popularity of the festival and the appeal of the Mourne Mountains.

Welcoming visitors from near and far, the walking festival gives everyone the chance to sample not only the history, heritage, myths and legends of the local area, but also the wonderful welcome, hospitality and craic on offer.

For those taking part, there is also the chance to celebrate their achievements by attending a special festival evening event on Saturday 27 June.

The Mourne International Walking Festival will take place from Friday 26 June to Sunday 28 June 2020.

You can also head to the official Mourne International Walking Festival Facebook page  #MourneWalkingFest or email us info@visitmournemountains.co.uk

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