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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

Banagher Glen, Dungiven, Londonderry/Derry

Start from the car park at the bottom of Banagher Glen , signposted from the B74 Dungiven to Feeny Road. Pass through the kissing gate and continue past the old filter house as the road climbs up through the ancient woodland of Banagher Glen.

Cuilcagh Mountain Park, Florencecourt,

Cuilcagh is a well established location for hillwalkers with an established network of trails that lead you in and around the Mountain Park. If reaching the summit is not for you, venturing someway into the park using one of the walking routes will give you a taste of the beauty that can be found there.

The Cuilcagh Way is a waymarked 20 miles/33km route. The more popular Legnabrocky section, which will bring you to the summit and back and offers stunning views of the area is linear walk 9miles/15km which takes around 5 hours

Ness, Ervey and Burntollet,

Wooded glen with special wildlife interest

Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails,

The Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails boast flowing singletrack and incredible views of the Mourne Mountains.

Outdoor Ireland North,

Outdoor Ireland North specialises in small group guided mountain hikes, countryside walks and road cycling trips. 'Be Active & Enjoy the Outdoor Environment'.

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