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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

Gullion Adventures, Killeavy, Newry

We are a new company but we have over 15yrs of experience of providing outdoor pursuits activities to all kinds of groups from hen's, stag's, youth and corporate we will always do our best to facilitate the needs of the group.

Our staff are ...

Rathlin Island Walking Trails, Dunmurry, Belfast

Four new quality walks are now available on Rathlin Island, in addition to the two existing routes, the Rathlin Trail and the Roonivoolin Walk.

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, Bryansford, Newcastle

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

Castle Coole Nature Walk, Enniskillen

A number of looped walks: Lake Walk 1 mile/1.6km
Beech Wood Walk 0.5 miles/0.8km
Gortgonnel Walk 2.5 miles/4km.
All walks with even surface. Steps provide access to some of the walks

Divis and the Black Mountain, Hannahstown, Belfast

With spectacular panoramic views over Belfast, Divis and the Black Mountain is a haven for those seeking the wild countryside experience. On a clear day there are views of Strangford Lough, the Mournes and the Sperrins, as well as Scotland...

Slieve Gullion,

A mountain walk linked with forest tracks and minor roads

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