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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

Dundrum Castle Woods Trail,

Dundrum Castle Woods

Outdoor Ireland North, Newcastle

Outdoor Ireland North, with owner operated former lecturer Loretto specializes in small group guided mountain walking, lowland guided rambles in the countryside, guided cycling tours on quiet rural roads and Blue Badge guided tours. Enjoy your holiday in Ireland with the assistance of a Blue Badge Tourist Guide.

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, Newcastle

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre is Sport Northern Ireland's National Outdoor Centre.

SKYTrek,

SKYTrek is a fantastic new outdoor high ropes activity centre based in the beautiful woodland area at Colin Glen Forest Park.

Slieve Gullion,

A mountain walk linked with forest tracks and minor roads

Mourne Mountain Walk, Newcastle

A popular approach to the Mournes. The woods fade away and a granite gravel path runs almost to the great Mourne wall. Look back down the glen to appreciate the elegant sweep of the bay.

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