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The beauty and variety of the Northern Ireland landscape, the compact distances and ever-changing vistas, and the mild climate, make this a wonderful place to explore on foot. Walking in Northern Ireland is perfect for a great day out or as the destination for a walking break. Walking is probably the most accessible outdoor activity that you can do! It is easy, safe and inexpensive.

Northern Ireland offers hundreds of great walks in the countryside and urban areas. Check out our award winning sister website – your definitive guide to walking in Northern Ireland. It provides up to date and accurate information on walks for the serious rambler and for those who just want to take a short stroll.

How to get started
Walking is an activity that you can start right away! Some people chose to walk by themselves but lots of people chose to join a rambling club or group. There are numerous walking providers who can offer guided trips ranging from a day to the complete walking break package. The clubs are always keen to have new members, so a warm welcome is guaranteed. Check what type of walks (difficulty; gradients; distance) the club normally organises to make sure it meets the type of walk you want to do.

Is it easy?
You can start today from your front door! Our towns and cities are full of parks which are a pleasure to walk in. If you travel to work or take your children to school, try walking part of the journey.  But nothing beats going into the countryside. Check out for a whole host of walks in the countryside - everything from short walks to more challenging walks.

Is it expensive?
As with all activities there is no shortage of walking gear that is available to purchase from outdoor shops.

Clothing and footwear
However, for "easy" walking a comfortable pair of trainers and a waterproof jacket are the only investment needed.  For mountain walking it would be advisable to invest in a range of outdoor gear and equipment primarily for safety reasons.

Check out for a comprehensive list of everything you will need for a mountain or long distance walk.

Just Some Ideas

Creggan Wood Walk, Sixmilecross, Omagh

From An Creagán centre walk up the slope between the rocks at the start of the route. At the brow of this incline you will have a view to your left across a 22 acre raised bog. Follow the circuitous path into the forest and back to the start point.

Slieve Gullion,

A mountain walk linked with forest tracks and minor roads

Gosford Forest Park,

Not only a fantastic cycle trail but a wonderful forest filled with incredible flora and fauna. The trail combines forest roads with two short sections of single track. The trail is suitable for cyclists with basic off-road cycling skills.

Black Head Walking Tour, Whitehead, Carrickfergus

A short and delightful circular walk from the picturesque seaside village of Whitehead, at the southern end of Islandmagee, around Blackhead, the most easterly point of County Antrim.

Share Discovery Village,

Established in 1981, the largest activity centre in Ireland, welcomes over 10,000 visitors annually.

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