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Walking

Walking

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 www.walkni.com – 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 www.walkni.com 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 www.walkni.com for a comprehensive list of everything you will need for a mountain or long distance walk.

Just Some Ideas

International Appalachian Trail,

Walk from the west coast of Ireland to the east

Walk Ten Omagh at Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh

Back for a third year in a row, come take a twilight walk along the world-famous Irish emigrant trail and enjoy that warm fuzzy feeling of charitable giving with the annual Marie Curie Walk Ten West event.

Tollymore Forest Park, Newcastle

Oak wood from Tollymore Forest Park was used for the interiors of the White Star liners which included the Titanic. A walk along the Shimna River is marked by many curiosities, natural and artificial - rocky outcrops, bridges, grottos and caves.

East Coast Adventure Centre, Rostrevor, Newry

With our mountain centre nestled just outside the village of Rostrevor, our water sports centres on the shores of Carlingford Lough in Warrenpoint, our Mountain Bike Hire and Uplift service located at the Rostrevor MTB Trails in Kilbroney Forest ...

Mount Stewart House and Gardens, Newtownards

The famous gardens at Mount Stewart were planted in the 1920s by Edith, Lady Londonderry and are of international importance. The magnificent series of outdoor 'rooms' contain many rare plants that thrive in the mild climate.

Castle Coole - Beech Wood,

This walk is through the grounds of Castle Coole estate.

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