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Have you been inspired by this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in London? Well National Trails Day provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to get outdoors and active whilst enjoying the abundance of local trails on our doorsteps?

With over fifty free walking, off-road cycling and canoeing events to choose from there really is something for everyone across Northern Ireland on Sunday 7th October.

But don’t just take our word for it…check out what other people across Northern Ireland, including our fabulous Olympians and Paralympians, are saying about National Trails Day 2012.

The Chambers Brothers – Silver Medallists at London Olympics
“Taking part in National Trails Day is a great way to get the whole family outdoors and active. We would really encourage people across Northern Ireland to get involved this year and learn about all the fantastic local trails available right on our doorsteps.”

The Owen Family
“We took part in the Glenariff Red Squirrel walk last October which the kids absolutely loved. This year we really like the sound of the Welly Boot Walk at Blessingbourne Estate and we might even go down a bit earlier in the morning to have a go at the mountain biking beforehand. There is always such a nice family atmosphere around the National Trails Day events and we are always just delighted to see the kids enjoying the outdoors.”

James Brown – Bronze Medallist at the London Paralympics
“I actually used the trails at Castle Ward in the months leading up to the London games. In my mind, this is one of the most beautiful parts of the country and so I am really excited to see loads of people down enjoying this stunning demesne on National Trails Day.”

Russell Crookes and Diane Patterson
“We had a scan through all the events on the National Trails Day website and have decided to be a bit more adventurous this year. We are from Belfast and so we did the guided walk through Belvoir Forest last year. This year we have opted for the canoe trip through Enniskillen. Diane’s family are from Fermanagh so we are going to tie this event in with a trip over to see all the aunts and uncles.”

Eilish Bryne - London Paralympian
“One of biggest successes from the London games was seeing young people across Northern Ireland outdoors and engaged in sport. We need to keep this momentum going and with such a variety of events taking place on this one special day, the National Trails Day initiative should be all the encouragement we need to get the whole family out and enjoying our local trails.”

Shane Brunker – Foyle Down Syndrome Trust
“Our group is planning on taking part in the fun cycle through Cam Forest this year. We have recently purchased tandem bikes and when we saw this event taking place not far from our base we thought it was just too good an opportunity to miss. It is also such a help that these events are free of charge on the day. Needless to say, we are all very excited!”

Convinced yet? Why not check out all the great free events taking place across Northern Ireland this National Trails Day.
Visit for more information and pre-registration details. Remember events are booked on a first come, first served basis so book your free place now to avoid disappointment.

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