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We share with you 5 things you may not have known about the Mournes, details of how you can win an exciting 2 night walking and surfing holiday on the Causeway Coast and some exciting news from the Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs.

5 Things You Didn't Know About The Mournes

There is a saying "you learn something new everyday" and we did just that when we caught up with tour guide Peter Rafferety owner of Walkthemournes.com based in the beautiful Mourne Mountains.

A fountain of knowledge when it comes to interesting facts of this spectacular area we couldn't wait to share with you these 5 interesting facts you may not have known about the Mournes. From World War II shells to a hidden Smugglers Cave there is so much to discover.

Read our latest blog: '5 Things You Didn't Know About The Mournes'

Mourne Seven Sevens Challenge- Are You Ready?

Take on the Challenge of climbing all seven peaks in the Mourne Mountains.

Location: Mourne Mountains- Starting Donard Car Park Newcastle, Co. Down
Date: Saturday 12th August
Time: 9am

A distance of 18 miles and a combined height of 2,495m to climb, this is no mean feat! Organised by local walking club Spartan Red Sox, walkers will start with Slieve Donard, followed by Slieve Commedagh, Slieve Lamagan, Slieve Binnian, Ben Crom Dam, Meelbeg, Meelmore, Slieve Bearnagh and then back to the finish in Donard park Newcastle.

Interested? Find out more about the Mourne Seven Sevens Challenge.

Events Worth A Mention

Get out for a walk this August. For some inspiration check out our events below.

Dungannon Town Walk, Co.Tryone, Dungannon & District Rambling Club, Wednesday 16th Aug
Experience the social benefits of getting out for a walk in the great outdoors with a group. 

Wildfire Walk, Cave Hill, Co. Antrim, Belfast Hills Partnership, Sat 5th Aug
A walk along the uplands of Cave Hill to highlight the impacts of wildfires on the hills, visitors and wildlife.

Ronan's Way, Glendun, Co. Antrim, Glenarm Tourism, Sun 20th Aug
A guided walk exploring the new public access to Ronan's way in the Glens of Antrim. 

Patrick & The Pagan Hills, Saul, Co. Down, The Lecale Peninsula Tours, Mon 28th Aug
A ramble off the beaten track from Saul to Slieve Patrick followed by lunch and refreshments at Paddy's Barn.

With the sunshine set to continue through August don't forget to share photos and videos from your walks with us using #WalkNI on social media.

Ulster Federation of Rambling Clubs Open Weekend

Have you ever considered joining a walking club? Now is your chance as over 10 clubs from across Northern Ireland are inviting walkers to join them for a specially tailored ‘Welcome Walk’ on Saturday 30th Sept & Sunday 1st October 2017.

To take part is free however there are limited spaces on each of the walks so booking in advance is advised. More information on these walks including how to reserve your space can be found on both the UFRC & WalkNI websites.

The UFRC are currently supported by SportNI & The Big Lottery Fund NI through the Active Clubs Programme.

Walk @ Park Run

Did you know parkrun is for everyone and not just runners?

Whether you run, walk or jog parkrun is open to a wide range of abilities. Walking In Your Community have been working with local parkruns in Belfast, Lisburn, Craigavon and Newtownabbey to encourage more walkers to get out into their local park for a fun, free and friendly 5k timed walk. It's great fun and is a fantastic opportunity to meet others and experience the benefits of the fresh air as well as the health benefits of adding a regular pattern of exercise into your week.

Walk@ parkrun currently takes place alongside:

  • Waterworks parkrun (Belfast)
  • Wallace parkrun (Lisburn)
  • City Park parkrun (Craigavon)

The team are also pleased to announce the launch of 'Walk@ parkrun' alongside Valley parkrun (Newtownabbey) on Saturday 12th August 2017.

Leave No Trace

Are you familiar with the principles of Leave No Trace?

Always important to keep in mind when out enjoying a walk there are 7 principles for reducing the damage caused by outdoor activities.

  • Plan ahead & prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals & wildlife
  • Travel & camp on durable ground
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Minimise the effects of fire
Win a Walk & Surf Holiday for 2

Enter our latest competition to be included in a draw to win a 2-night Walking & Surfing Holiday in the Causeway Coast for 2.

One of our most action packed prizes to date! Experience the very best of things to do outdoors on the Causeway Coast during Alive Surf School's new 'surf & Turf' package in corporation with Dalriada Kingdom Tours. As well as 2 cosy multi-activity weatherproof adventure robes from Coucon Outdoor and 2-nights in the Magherabouy Hotel, Portrush.

For your chance to win this fantastic prize simply fill out the form on our Competition Page.

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WalkNI is supported by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Newry, Mourne & Down District Council, Belfast City Council, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, Mid Ulster District Council and North Down & Ards Borough Council.


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